Washington, D.C. — Greg Dotson, Vice President for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, released the following statement after tonight’s Republican debate highlighted how new rhetoric from GOP candidates cannot overshadow the harmful reality of the impacts of their policies.
Climate change affects communities across the country and in every corner of the world, from public health and the environment, to national security and the economy. Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus about climate change, on the debate stage tonight, we saw no evidence that any of the candidates recognize the challenge or have a plan to take action.
This week began with a historic call for climate action, as President Barack Obama finalized the Clean Power Plan, the most significant step ever taken by the United States to address the threat of climate change. The American people—both Republicans and Democrats—want solutions to climate change. Unfortunately, at tonight’s debate, not a single candidate stepped forward to address the concerns of the American people who want a better, healthier future.
Related resource: Learn more about the Clean Power Plan (Center for American Progress)
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