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Activists press Obama on climate change

 Posted by on July 6, 2010
Jul 062010

From Green Right Now Reports

With time running short to act on climate change this year, a group of environmental organizations has sent President Obama a letter, asking him to encourage movement on the gridlocked Senate negotiations on climate and energy legislation.

Fred Krupp, president of the EDF

Among the signers are Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund; Maggie Fox, president of the Alliance for Climate Protection (a group started by former Vice President Al Gore); John Podesta, former White House chief of staff and president of the Center for American Progress; and Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“We strongly urge you to produce a bill, in conjunction with key senators, that responds to the catastrophe in the gulf, cuts oil use, and limits carbon pollution while maintaining current health and other key legal protections,” the letter said. “White House leadership is the only path we see to success, just as your direct leadership was critical in the passage of the recovery plan, health care reform and other administration successes.”

Most of those who signed the letter have been slow to chide Obama for his unwillingness to intervene, but now appear to believe there is danger the moment is about to be lost.

“The president’s been great on this issue,” Krupp said. “We need him and his staff to directly engage in the politics and the policy to actually produce a bill that can pass the Senate. And if he doesn’t do that, without his leadership, then everything else he has done so far will lead to nothing.”