FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Contact: Katie Mandes (703) 516-0606
Eileen Claussen Statement on McCain-Lieberman Vote
Washington, DC — Today's Senate vote on the Climate Stewardship Act demonstrates strong and growing bipartisan support for real action against climate change. John McCain and Joe Lieberman have crafted a piece of legislation that is ambitious yet achievable and affordable. The bill couples strong environmental goals with a flexible market-based approach that allows business to reduce emissions at the lowest possible cost. According to an analysis by MIT economists the cost to the average U.S. household would be just $15 a year in 2010, a modest price for insurance against the very real risks of global warming. It may be some time before a bill like this can be enacted. But thanks to this bill, Congress is for the first time engaged in a genuine debate over climate solutions. This debate is long overdue. This is a beginning.
The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the United States’ largest philanthropies and an influential voice in efforts to improve the quality of the environment. The Pew Center is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.