Environmental Activists Tell Obama, Climate Change First in Your Second Term

By Susan Jones | November 7, 2012 | 9:36 AM EST

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(CNSNews.com) - Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, in congratulating President Obama on his re-election, said he expects the president and the 113th Congress to make "global climate change" a top priority:

"We look forward to working with them to solve our country’s most pressing environmental problems, including global climate change. As the President declared last night, ‘We want our children to live in an America ... that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.’"

Krupp said exit polls show that "for  millions of American voters," Hurricane Sandy and climate change "were decisive factors in this election."

"As the historic storm just reminded us, we have no time to waste; we must get serious about climate solutions in order to protect our loved ones and communities from terrible impacts -- extreme weather disasters, droughts, heat waves, and other dangerous consequences of global warming. Especially in the wake of Sandy, which demonstrated that doing nothing about climate change is much costlier than taking action, this issue clearly should be a top priority for our leaders in government.”

"Climate change" was one of the reasons liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave when he endorsed President Obama last week:

"Our climate is changing," Bloomberg wrote at Bloomberg.com. "And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week's devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."

Bloomberg noted that President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks and tighter controls on mercury emissions -- "which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants."

Reuters reported Wednesday that shares of coal companies fell in premarket trading on fears that President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency will impose burdensome regulations that could force coal-fired plants out of business.

According to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy, the U.S. has more coal than any other country, enough to provide American families and businesses with affordable electricity for decades to come. It has provided almost half of America’s electricity generation over the past decade,  the industry group says.

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