Statement by Ned Helme, President of the Center for Clean Air Policy


Statement by Ned Helme, President of the Center for Clean Air Policy

Ilyse Veron, Center for Clean Air Policy,, (202) 408-9260

Ned is a leading expert on climate and air policy. He advises members of Congress, state and international governments, the European Commission and developing countries on these issues.

“President Obama should rank the battle against climate change as one of his top priorities in his State of the Union address next week. He should reaffirm his commitment to the aggressive timetable and agenda he laid out a year ago, especially with regard to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. By converting power plants from coal to cleaner natural gas, greening American industry with combined heat and power systems, and encouraging renewables and efficiency not only will the air get cleaner, but American job opportunities will grow significantly.

“The President has given the Environmental Protection Agency a game plan, and he should allow the agency to take it across the goal line. The President should also use his address to encourage the American people to take action on their own. From the urban dwellers sharing bicycles, to the parents purchasing hybrids, to the workers constructing green buildings and the companies buying their own renewable power, all Americans should work to reduce emissions and continue to put our country on a low carbon pathway for the future.

“Climate change is a global issue with local impact. It tests our nation’s our nation’s ability to lead in the international community. President Obama can and should use his State of the Union address to rally the American people to the cause and enable the U.S. government to stand out as a worldwide leader in clean air policies.”

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Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.