A Clean Energy Future Protects Our Health and Creates Jobs

WASHINGTON (January 25, 2011) -- The following is a statement from Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, in response to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight:

“The president got it right. Nothing's more urgent than creating American jobs and protecting our health. The best way to do that is to invest in a clean energy future that makes our workers more competitive, our companies stronger, our country more secure and all of us healthier.

"Americans can breathe easier today. The president stood up for the health of the American people over the special interests of big polluters who want to choke our air with endless clouds of life-threatening pollution."