Following President Obama’s call to action on climate in his inaugural address this week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-33) announced a new bicameral task force to fight climate disruption.

The NAACP released the following statements in response:

“We commend Senator Whitehouse and Representative Waxman for establishing this crucial Task Force today,” said Hilary Shelton, NAACP Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and NAACP Washington Bureau Director. “We look forward to working with the members of the Task Force to develop effective policies and help to focus public attention on this urgent challenge.”

“The Task Force will serve as a valuable resource for members of Congress to generate ideas, share proposals and coordinate efforts on climate change,” said Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. “The need for a comprehensive, nationwide plan to address the severe weather events that we have seen must be definitively addressed before conditions worsen.

The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to educate and mobilize communities of color to address climate change as a civil rights and human rights issue.

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