“In recent weeks, we’ve been calling on President Obama to show the “courage of his convictions” when it comes to fighting climate change," wrote Redford, who last month challenged the President to act on climate change. "In his speech last week, he agreed to take some essential steps in saving our planet, most notably cutting carbon pollution from power plants.
“This is the right thing for our country. This is the way that America shows its leadership. And in taking these important steps toward a national plan for climate action, the President is showing his leadership.
“Without question, we’re facing a climate crisis. And it is taxpayers who are bearing the high costs. Just last year, taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion on crop losses, wildfires and disaster relief from superstorm Sandy. Our coastal communities are under siege. The Great Plains are suffering drought for the third year in a row. Our people are hurting — and they’re demanding action.
“The need to keep moving forward with climate action on all fronts is imperative. Which is why it is incumbent upon us, in the months to come, to communicate with both the President and the American public about some of the more misguided parts of the plan. Specifically those that continue to support substantial expansion of the use of fossil fuels through natural gas fracking in the U.S. and building overseas markets for it, as well as pursuing “clean coal” technology."
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