Tsongas Statement On President's Clean Power Plan


Date: Aug. 3, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Energy

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, top Democrat on the Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee and founding member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), released the following statement regarding President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which will be formally announced this afternoon.

"Climate change is no longer an academic question for scientists to ponder. It is a very real crisis that, if left untouched, will cause irreparable harm to current and future generations. I applaud President Obama for his leadership in putting forward this historic proposal to protect public health and future generations from the impacts of climate change.

"America must be at the forefront and lead by example. We must embrace modern policies that aim to, among other things, cut carbon emissions, increase the use and effectiveness of sustainable energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels, and encourage the development of innovative green technology. If we do, the economic, security and environmental benefits will be widespread, long-lasting and significant.

"Addressing climate change is not a political issue; it is a critical generational responsibility that will take a sustained commitment from Washington, from foreign governments and world leaders and from each of us here at home."