Statement by Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation, on the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation slated for debate and a potential vote in the House of Representatives today:
“This legislation is the first step toward an energy policy for the 21st century. It will lead to technology innovation, good domestic jobs, less use of oil, and more protection of the world we live in. When and where scientists say that we must move boldly and urgently to prevent the worst effects of climate change, it could and should be strengthened — but like most legislation, this bill was built with a political blueprint in mind. And Henry Waxman once again showed that he is the best legislative craftsman in Congress.”
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The UN Foundation – a public charity – was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The Foundation serves as an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and capital to help the UN solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work – focused on select global problems – is reducing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.