On Sen. Norm Coleman co-sponsoring the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act

NWF   |   May 23, 2007

Global warming is the defining issue of the 21st century, and I am tremendously pleased that Senator Coleman (R-MN) is going to be a leader in advancing solutions.   I am particularly pleased that Senator Coleman will be a champion for the poor, and I share his goals of making sure that any climate bill is fair and protects the most vulnerable among us.

The Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act is a bipartisan plan that combines the best of what scientists tell us is needed to solve global warming, with the best of what industry tells us is the most cost-effective way to get it done.

To limit global warming, we must start now and put ourselves on track to reduce pollution by two percent each and every year, 20 percent a decade, ultimately cutting pollution by 80 percent by mid-century. We can do that, through a commonsense approach such as the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act, which Senator Coleman has co-sponsored.

This bill would also open the door for American farmers to be part of the solution to global warming, by giving them a chance to earn income through sequestering plant-based carbon on their land.  It also provides the opportunity to create a new generation of American jobs, based in our heritage of prosperity built on leading invention and technology.  We can export clean energy solutions, instead of importing foreign oil.  

Americans want a new energy future that breaks the nation’s oil addiction, creates more American jobs and develops clean, renewable energy sources here at home that will benefit us all.

Senator Coleman’s leadership is vital to continuing the bipartisan momentum needed to enact this legislation.

Published: May 23, 2007