“Sandy Senators” Call for Swift Action on Carbon Limits

In a letter sent to President Obama today, five Democratic Senators from states most effected by Superstorm Sandy called for “swift action” on carbon pollution standards for power plants.

There’s been much discussion lately about infrastructure improvements that could help protect communities from extreme weather events caused or made worse by climate change. Those measures, which, wrote the Senators, will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, “demonstrate the urgency of squarely addressing the causes of climate change and its effects.”

The Senators wrote that Congressional failure to take action on climate change makes executive action “setting carbon pollution standards for existing power plants… a necessity.”

The letter, below, was signed by Senators Robert Melendez (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Charles Schumer (NY), Christopher Murphy (CT), and Richard Blumenthal (CT).

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