Murray: ‘Today, we applaud the federal government for their leadership and action on climate change’

Mayor Murray released the following statement today:

“Carbon pollution that drives climate change poses devastating risks for our local community, our country and the world. On behalf of the City of Seattle, I commend President Obama and the United States Environmental Protection Agency for taking an important step today toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by issuing a draft rule for existing fossil-fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act.

Every individual and business has a role in reducing carbon pollution and Seattle believes taking action is our only choice. The City of Seattle is pursuing a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 and recently adopted the Seattle Climate Action Plan as the first step toward achieving that goal. Seattle City Light, our municipal electric utility, has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005.

Seattle is committed to taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, spur investment in a clean energy economy and protect our residents from the effects of climate change. Cities and counties across the country are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through smart land use, investments in transit, cleaner fleets, and green building requirements.

Today, we applaud the federal government for their leadership and action on climate change.”