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March 25, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Climate change

President’s budget puts us on track

Earlier this month, scientists warned that global warming is outpacing even the worst-case scenario predictions by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. At the same time, our country is in a “once-a-century financial crisis” [Thomas Friedman]. President Obama’s proposed budget is the best opportunity we have to finally address both of these problems and put our country back in charge of our future.

The president’s budget demonstrates his commitment to transitioning to a clean-energy economy and stopping global warming. It will protect our planet, put millions of Americans to work in new green jobs, and rebuild our economy on a sound foundation. That is — if Congress delivers this budget to the country, which at this point is a very big if.

I urge Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who sits on the budget committee, to continue to be a champion for our economy and our environment and keep global warming a centerpiece of the federal budget, just as the president has proposed.

— Kat Scott, Bellevue

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