Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), a candidate for the U.S. Senate, attended President Barack Obama’s global climate change speech at Georgetown University today and immediately threw his support behind the President.
“I commend President Obama for his leadership today in outlining a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution and mitigate the threats of global climate change,” said Holt. “The crisis is not waning. President Obama should do all he can administratively while Congress fiddles. We have to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”
Holt said that as elected representatives, Congress has a moral obligation to act.
“As the climate changes there will be stronger superstorms, worse floods, more withering droughts, and more intense wildfires,” the congressman said, leaping into a breach here created by Gov. Chris Christie’s expressed doubt about the impact of climate change on weather patterns.
“These natural disasters are already imposing horrific costs in dollars and lives,” said Holt, trying to grind out some traction in a Democratic Primary with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34).
“The science is overwhelming, but many of my colleagues in Congress would prefer to deepen our dependence on fossil fuels,” Holt said. “It is no coincidence that as Democrats work to address climate change Republicans in the House continue to recklessly pursue their “drill, baby, drill” agenda at the expense of the American people and the planet. As important as today’s announcement is there is still more to be done. As a scientist and an elected leader I support the President’s plan and remain committed to even stronger legislative action in the fight against climate change.”