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Jan. 31 - Georgia Lawmakers Join National Call on President Obama to Prioritize Climate Change

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Jan. 31, 2013 – Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) and Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) co-signed a letter with 324 other state legislators from 40 states urging President Barack Obama to prioritize climate change in his second term.

“In his first term, President Obama has moved our nation in the right direction by improving fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and supporting limits on carbon emissions by new power plants,” said Sen. Orrock, “Climate change is not going away, and as a nation, we must step up our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote robust investments in green energy initiatives.”

“President Obama demonstrated his resounding commitment to reversing the damaging effects of climate change throughout his first term in office,” said Sen. Jackson.  “I am proud to join the NCEL and my fellow colleagues as we work with the White House to continue a progressive green energy strategy.  I firmly believe that by working together at both the state and federal level, we can achieve environmentally friendly policies that will ensure a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.”

As a result of the letter, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of state legislators promoting environmental protection, has been contacted by the White House, Council on Environmental Quality and other key stakeholders on ways to engage with state legislators in shaping positive climate change policies.  NCEL delivered the letter to President Obama on Jan. 16, 2013.

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