“President Obama's decision to lead from the White House in a new national effort to reduce carbon pollution is a crucial step in the fight against climate change.
“As the president made clear, it is urgent that we develop a comprehensive solution to climate change. The sensible first steps he proposed tonight will be historic, and will build on powerful work at the state and local levels. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the president has the authority and the duty to get started. Ultimately, though, we’ll need even bolder action from Congress in order to shift America to a clean energy economy and prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
“Solving climate change is not just part of our responsibility to leave a better world to our children and grandchildren. It is essential to protect Americans right now – by helping farmers and ranchers cope with drought, cities brace for more damaging storms, and children and the elderly avoid rising health risks.
“By taking action to address climate change, President Obama will secure his environmental legacy and help create a cleaner, healthier and safer America. I commend the president for his leadership tonight.”
- Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense Fund