Chairman Xavier Becerra On National Climate Assesment

May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement in response to the National Climate Assessment issued by the White House:

“The world is not flat and climate change is real. As elected leaders, it’s our duty to respond to the threat of climate change in order to prevent further damage to our environment and communities. As this report makes clear, climate change is already having a devastating impact throughout the United States, especially in states in the Southwest like California where increased wildfires and droughts are not only damaging the environment but also costing our economy thousands of jobs.

“For the good of our economy, our workers and consumers, Congress must not shrink from this challenge but rather it should take the scientific evidence seriously and support legislative initiatives to preserve clean air, protect clean water and ensure that our government maintains its commitment to being good stewards of our nation’s lands.”