President Obama is calling for Republicans in Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund “without delay.”
“This month, even as Republicans in Congress barely managed to keep our government open, they shut down something called the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” the president said in his weekly address Saturday.
For more than half a century, this fund has protected more than five million acres of land – from playgrounds to parks to priceless landscapes – all without costing taxpayers a dime,” he added.
“Republicans in Congress should reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund without delay.”
Obama also touted his environmental record, pointing to a recent example where he forestalled the extinction of an endangered species, the sage grouse, without hurting the economy.
America’s commitment to reducing its dependency on fossil fuels is setting the tone on the issue globally, Obama added.
“This is how America is leading on the environment,” Obama said. “And because America is leading by example, 150 countries, representing over 85 percent of global emissions, have now laid out plans to reduce their levels of the harmful carbon pollution that warms out planet.”
“After all, as Pope Francis reminds us so eloquently, this planet is our gift from God – and our common home. We should leave it to our kids in better shape than we found it,” he concluded.
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