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Make climate change a top priority, environmental groups tell Obama administration


From the January 9, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 9, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director

Several dozen environmental groups have asked the Obama administration to make climate change more of a priority. "Elevate the issue of climate disruption and climate solutions in the public discourse," the groups said in a Jan. 7 letter to the president. They also called on the president to use his executive authority to "set standards that cut carbon pollution from America's aging power plant fleet at least 25 percent by 2020 while boosting energy efficiency and shifting to clean energy sources."

Reject dirty fuels, specifically the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the environmental groups said. The pipeline "would unlock vast amounts of additional carbon that we can’t afford to burn, extend our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels, endanger health and safety, and put critical water resources at risk," they said.

Signatories include the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Audubon Society, American Rivers and National Wildlife Federation.


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