Alexander Calls for Sector-by-Sector Approach to Climate Change, Says President Right to Speak Out on the Problem

Posted on April 16, 2008

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement regarding the president’s remarks on climate change: “When the president of a nation that consumes 25 percent of the world’s energy recognizes climate change as a vital issue, that by itself is important. The president was right to suggest a sector-by-sector approach. A step-by-step, sector-by-sector approach will lead to fewer surprises, provide more realistic solutions, and is more likely to fit the family budgets of American households hit hard by rising electricity and gasoline prices. It’s time for government to take aggressive steps in a bipartisan fashion. I believe we must take the following steps as part of our strategy to address climate change: • Aggressive conservation and energy efficiency; • A limit on carbon from power plants, which are responsible for 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution; • A crash program to promote commercial solutions for capturing carbon from power plants; • A low-carbon fuel standard to gradually reduce the carbon content of fossil transportation fuels and build on the stronger fuel efficiency standards Congress adopted last year; and • Accelerating the construction and operation of nuclear power plants, which do not emit any pollutants into the air.” ###