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Environmentalists: Global Warming Action Needed Now, Mr. President

January 22, 2009

Chicago, IL – President Barack Obama has a lot on his plate but environmental groups are calling on him to act quickly to move the country toward a cleaner, safer energy future. The Pew Environment Group is suggesting Obama sign four executive actions.

Midwest spokesman Tom Bullock says, first of all, President Obama should accelerate the schedule for increasing fuel efficiency and order higher efficiency standards for government buildings and vehicle fleets.

"We will help strengthen the auto sector over the long term by using every tool we can to push in the direction of more fuel efficient vehicles. The Midwest definitely has a stake in that."

While comprehensive legislative action and international agreements are needed, adds Bullock, taking action now would show a commitment to reducing global warming.

"President Obama would set the stage for Congressional action and establish American leadership on these issues. He would 'turbo charge' everything we’re doing this year by getting us off to such a quick start."

Pew Environment also recommends Obama instruct the EPA to allow the tougher fuel efficiency standard for vehicles to go forward and declare global warming emissions a danger to human health. According to the group, these changes would help cut the threat of global warming, reduce dependence on oil and spur job creation.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IL