Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, State Department And Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Of The Appropriations Committee) On Passage Of Amendment To Permit U.S. Contribution To The Green Climate Fund

“The bill as drafted effectively would have barred any U.S. contribution to the Green Climate Fund.  That would have been a colossal mistake – an ill-informed, misguided and counterproductive retreat -- at a time when industrialized and developing countries are finally joining together to find ways to meaningfully address climate change.  We should be a leader in this, not a follower.  It was very encouraging that Senator Merkley’s amendment prevailed, to prevent that shortsighted outcome.”

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