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The Environmental Defense Fund just sent out this e-mail to inform everyone about some wonderful news. In it we were asked to forward the information for everyone to see, what better way than posting it up here. Enjoy.

"My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process."

– President-elect Barack Obama, November 18, 2008

Today has been a big day in the fight against global warming.

President-elect Barack Obama gave his strongest public commitment to date in support of a national cap-and-trade system to reduce America's global warming pollution and unleash a clean energy revolution.

The President-elect told the Bi-Partisan Governors Global Climate Summit, underway this week in Los Angeles, CA:

I promise you this: When I am president, any governor who's willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House. Any company that's willing to invest in clean energy will have an ally in Washington. And any nation that's willing to join the cause of combating climate change will have an ally in the United States of America.

He went on to call for a national cap-and-trade system that will "establish strong annual targets that set us on a course to reduce emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them an additional 80% by 2050."

What makes this statement momentous is that it signals President-elect Obama's intention to make global warming a central priority for his first term.

EDF President Fred Krupp issued the following statement in response:

President-elect Obama got it exactly right. His plan… will jump-start job creation in new energy industries, and take a huge step toward solving climate change. We strongly applaud President-elect Obama's statement today, and his leadership on this issue.

Meanwhile, at a news conference back in Washington, DC, EDF joined a diverse coalition of 32 leading corporations and environmental groups in calling for national legislation to limit the release of global warming pollution.

EDF was a founding member last year of the coalition—the United States Climate Action Partnership, or US-CAP for short—which was established to add powerful support for effective national climate legislation.

Taken together, these announcements represent a truly historic day in our fight against global warming.

It is important to remember, however, we haven't won anything yet.

These words, while encouraging, won't mean a thing if we can't move legislation through both the House and the Senate starting January 20th.

This gets us in the game, but we've got a lot of work ahead.

We'll keep you posted through regular Transition Report emails.

In the meantime, please forward this to friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else interested in joining our global warming fight.

Encourage them to sign onto our 2009 Green Energy Petition: http://action.edf.org/campaign/green_energy_petition

And, please keep your comments coming into our Green Room.

Thanks for all you do,
Sam Parry
Director, Online Membership and Activism

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