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Administrator Johnson, Press Conference – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Washington, D.C.

02/02/2007
Thank you, Vice Admiral Lautenbacher. And thank you all for being here.

The release of IPCC’s report marks a great day for the scientific body of knowledge on climate change. I want to congratulate my international colleagues for their years of research and assessment, and for their deliberative review of this extraordinary report.

As a lifelong scientist, I’m a true believer in the power of science to improve our lives.

And as the head of the premier environmental agency in the world, I’m proud of the Bush Administration’s unparalleled efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 2001, EPA and the entire Administration have invested more than $29 billion to study climate change science, promote energy-efficient and carbon dioxide-reducing technologies, and fund tax incentive programs.

Over the past five years, as science has evolved, this Administration has moved forward, developing the technological solutions today which will drive our environmental successes tomorrow.

Through common-sense programs like ENERGY STAR, President Bush and EPA are reducing our nation’s carbon footprint by offering consumers and businesses environmentally-friendly energy choices.

In 2005 alone, Americans with the help of Energy Star, saved $12 billion on their bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 23 million vehicles. That equals the emissions from all the cars in the states of California and Illinois combined.

The Bush Administration’s aggressive, yet practical, strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delivering real results.

Again, I’d like to congratulate my colleagues and look forward to using their scientific findings as we continue our nation’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Through our commitment to sound science and innovation, the Bush Administration has built a solid foundation to address the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.

Thank you.