March 31, 2015

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds U.S. Commitment for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Washington, DC – Today the Obama Administration announced the United States’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the global effort to tackle climate change.  The commitment comes in advance of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, where countries from around the world will attempt to forge a new international climate agreement.  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the U.S. commitment:

“President Obama’s commitment to reduce U.S. carbon pollution by up to 28 percent by 2025 is an ambitious and achievable plan that shows the U.S. is ready to lead heading into the Paris climate negotiations.  Combined with announcements from China, the European Union, and Mexico, countries responsible for more than half of the world’s energy-related carbon pollution have committed to tackling climate change.  As the momentum for climate action continues to build, other countries can and should follow our example.  I thank President Obama for continuing to mobilize the global community to address the climate threat while cutting carbon pollution and stimulating the clean energy economy here at home.”

Earlier on Tuesday, more than 100 Members of Congress, led by Senator Whitehouse and the other co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, sent a letter to President Obama expressing support for his Administration’s international climate efforts.

Senator Whitehouse is a co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change and the Senate Climate Action Task Force.


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