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Sierra Club Statement on President Obama’s Expected Climate Plan
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama is expected to announce his administration's next steps for building a legacy of action to fight the climate crisis on Tuesday at 1:35 PM ET. The plan is expected to include new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scale up clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious new commitment to power 6 million homes by 2020, and use the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement in response:
"This is the change Americans have been waiting for on climate.
“President Obama is finally putting action behind his words, which is exactly what the Sierra Club, our 2.1 million members and supporters, and coalition partners have worked mightily to achieve. Today, we applaud him for taking a giant step forward toward meeting that goal.
"By committing to establish new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scale up clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious new commitment to power 6 million homes by 2020, and use the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants, the President is stepping up to reduce the climate-disrupting pollution that is destabilizing our climate while threatening our economy and endangering our communities and families with extreme weather and dramatic sea level increases.
"The President’s plan gives us hope that he will cement his climate legacy and protect future generations by rejecting the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline, ending destructive oil drilling in the Arctic, halting mountaintop removal, stopping reckless liquefied natural gas exports, and abandoning dirty fuels in favor of clean energy.”