June 24, 2008

LCV and NRDC Outline the Future of Global Warming Legislation and Steps to Address High Gas Prices


Contact: Eric Young, of Natural Resources Defense Council, +1- 202-289-2373, [email protected]; or David Sandretti of the League of Conservation Voters, +1-202-454-4599, [email protected]

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a conference call with members of the press, experts from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters discussed the history of important Global Warming legislation and outlined the bright future of similar legislation in the 110th and 111th Congresses. Both organizations believe that recent action in the House and Senate has set the stage for significant action next year.

Tied into both the economy and the environment, energy will be the defining issue of this election, LCV President Gene Karpinski said. The American people demand a new energy policy that breaks our addiction to oil and dirty coal. Members of Congress who fight for a clean, renewable energy future will be back to fight next year, but those who stand in the way will have to answer to the voters in November.

A Gallup poll released today indicates that energy is the top issue priority for 51% American voters. (http://www.gallup.com/poll/ 108331/Obama-Has-Edge-Key-Election-Issues.aspx).

Americans are feeling pain at the pump and many experts say high gas prices are here to stay, NRDCs Energy Advocate Jim Presswood said. With prices set in the global marketplace and only 2 percent of the worlds oil reserves here at home, there is simply nothing we can do to impact prices by drilling. The real solution is clear: we must take bold action to break our addiction to oil and transition to a clean energy future. A future where new cars like plug-in hybrids go farther on a gallon of gas, enhanced public transit systems give Americans more transportation options, and renewable sources of energy power our communities.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (http://www.nrdc.org) is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

The League of Conservation Voters (http://www.lcv.org) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCVs mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.

SOURCE Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC; League of Conservation Voters, Washington, DC

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