Representative Jim Moran

Representing the 8th District of Virginia
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Moran Introduces Resolution Urging Action on Climate Change

Jun 1, 2012
Press Release

Highlights moral obligation to protect welfare of future generations, environment

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and Ranking Member on the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, today introduced a resolution calling on Congress to take action on climate change. The Moran resolution is supported by a range of religious and faith groups.
“Climate change is already having a profoundly adverse impact on our environment and will affect our national security and the longevity and health of our children. Thus, there is a moral and ethical obligation to responsibly address this growing threat,” said Rep. Moran. “I am proud to join religious leaders and organizations calling for Congress to take timely and responsible action on climate change.”
The resolution acknowledges the impact of climate change on food stability, national security and welfare of future generations and the moral responsibility to be stewards of the environment. The resolution also calls for Congress to quickly pass legislation that would:

  • Reduce energy consumption;
  • Shift our power supply strategy from a dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy sources;
  • Capture and store carbon through improvements to forest and urban land management; and
  • Increase understanding of the impact of climate change already occurring.

“When 95 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions come from fossil fuel use, we should assume a leadership role to address climate change,” Rep. Moran continued. “If we have the ability to take action to preserve our environment, on which the cornerstone of all life on Earth depends, and refuse to do so, we have failed our moral obligation to strive for equity and justice.”
Rep. Moran worked with a coalition of faith organizations to craft the resolution including: the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Presbyterian Church USA Office of Public Witness, Franciscan Action Network, and Citizens Climate Lobby.
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