Wyden: Inaction on Climate Change is No Longer an Option

Washington, D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030:

"American businesses, farmers, ranchers and families are experiencing the effects of climate change in the United States today. Inaction on climate change is no longer an option, so those who would criticize EPA’s plan have a responsibility to put forward their own ideas on how to move to a low-carbon economy.

Climate change is the most important environmental challenge of our time. Without immediate action, its effects will only get worse. EPA’s proposed rule offers an opportunity to put our country on the road to lower emissions and put each state in the driver's seat to determine its own best course.”

The EPA will hold public meetings to gather input on the proposed rule and the public will have until the fall to comment on it. Read the proposed rule here.