September 1, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of new investments to enhance safety and security in the changing arctic:

“I applaud President Obama for continuing to highlight the devastating effects of climate change in places such as the Alaskan Arctic. As President Obama has rightly said, we are the first generation to personally experience the impacts of climate change and the last with a chance to fix it.”   

“As one of the original coauthors of AB 32, the landmark California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, I am proud that California was one of the first states to take the lead and implement a comprehensive approach to combat climate change.  With the Clean Power Plan, I am excited to see the rest of the nation begin to aggressively cut emissions and reverse the disastrous trends affecting our planet.”

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) declared 2014 was the hottest year on record and that the first six months of 2015 are the hottest first of a half year on record.  The time for arguments and debate has passed.  Congress must act to fight climate change, and I look forward to supporting the implementation of the President’s Clean Power Plan.