Sarbanes Statement on the People's Climate March

September 16, 2014
CONTACT: Daniel Jacobs
(202) 225-4016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today released the following statement about the People’s Climate March, which is taking place on Sunday, September 21 in New York City, before the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday, September 23:

“I applaud the efforts of the People’s Climate March to build global awareness and urgency around mitigating climate change. In Maryland, we have a long history of environmental activism and stewardship that’s rooted in our passion for the Chesapeake Bay. But today, the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem is threatened by the detrimental effects of climate change, including rising sea levels and increased storm intensity. These effects could have calamitous environmental and economic impacts in Maryland and throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

“In Congress, I am working hard to protect the Chesapeake Bay and to support energy and climate change policies that are rooted in science. I have supported the Administration’s proposal to reduce industrial carbon pollution by requiring power plants to cut their emissions by 30 percent. I have joined the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change and I serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where I work to advance more sustainable energy policies and reduce carbon pollution.

“If we rise up to meet this challenge, we can address environmental, economic and national security concerns in one fell swoop. Grassroots initiatives like the People’s Climate March play a crucial role in building momentum in the U.S. and around the world to take appropriate and necessary action. I know that this event will make a strong impression ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, and I am proud to support it.”

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