Statement by EDF Vice President, US Climate and Energy, Jim Marston on President Obama’s New Clean Energy Executive Actions

May 9, 2014
Contact: 
Mica Odom, 512-691-3451, modom@edf.org

Environmental Defense Fund applauds President Obama’s announcement today to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings, introduce new energy conservation standards for energy-intensive appliances, and advance solar energy development, among others.

“The President should be applauded for addressing the threat of climate change by moving our country toward a safer, healthier clean energy future. Renewable energy and efficiency offer Americans an opportunity to reduce our energy use – and energy costs -- while also reducing the pollution that causes climate change. The executive actions announced today will result in sensible energy efficiency improvements, create jobs, and help both families and businesses lower their energy bills.

Today’s announcement is another important aspect of the President’s plan to address climate change. As last week’s National Climate Assessment demonstrated, we have no time to waste. We look forward to the next step, EPA’s expected announcement on June 2nd of the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, our nation’s largest source of climate pollution.”

  • Jim Marston, Vice President, US Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund

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