Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s speech on Climate Change:
“It took President Bush seven years before discussing climate change in a State of the Union address. Although we appreciate that he is finally willing to speak about the problem, he offered no substantive solutions today – just more delay. The time for words without action has long since passed.
“President Bush has said he hopes that environmental protection will be a central part of his legacy. Achieving that goal will take much more than rhetoric. We hope today’s speech signals a new willingness to come the table to work with us on finding real solutions. He can begin by immediately focusing federal resources on deploying clean and safe energy solutions, by leading the world in requiring reductions starting right now – not after 2025, and working with Congress to pass legislation to achieve immediate, significant and sustainable emission reductions that climate scientists recommend.”