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Rep. Clarke’s Applauds Efforts to Address Climate Change at Copenhagen Climate Summit


Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11) released the following statement applauding the opening of a world climate summit in Copenhagen Denmark:

“This week, President Barak Obama will attend the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.  While some have debated the science and facts of climate change, we must all understand that we as a global community have a role to play in protecting our environment for future generations to come,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.  “We must work with our international allies to address the climate issues that continue to affect our world.”


“While I applaud the President’s work abroad, at home we must understand that climate change affect all of us directly,” added Rep. Clarke.  “That is why we must pass  legislation that cuts U.S. global warming pollution at least 34 percent by 2020– the minimum amount scientists say is necessary to avoid a planetary catastrophe.  I voted to help pass the House version of the 2009 Energy Bill this summer.  It is now up to our friends in the Senate to act on this critical legislation.” 


“We must also create avenues in which to expand the next generation of green jobs.  With New York City’s unemployment rate sitting at 10.3%, investing in energy efficiency should more jobs in our communities.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) delivered between $70 and 80 billion in direct spending, tax breaks and loan guarantees for energy efficiency initiatives.  Today Governor Patterson announced $60.3 million in federal stimulus funding for weatherization projects that will work to reduce the energy burden on low-income residents in 9,431 multi-family housing units around the State.  This federal resource will propel New York City into the next frontier of job growth in the green market.  I hope that these funds will create new, sustainable jobs for Brooklyn’s building and construction tradesmen and women.  As we answer President Obama’s call to solve the climate crisis and work towards a green economy, we also help safeguard the planet for our children,” concluded Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.