Paris Agreement Signing On Earth Day Honors The Meaning And The Goals Of Earth Day

. . . Leahy and Welch Sign Letter Of Support For The Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, April 22, 2016) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) this week joined 143 congressional colleagues in voicing strong support for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement ahead of its signing Friday by Secretary John Kerry.  Under President Obama’s leadership and with the strong support of congressional Democrats, the United States rallied more than one hundred nations in support of the historic agreement last December.

The group of 145 members of Congress wrote to President Obama:  “For years, the world has looked to the United States for international leadership and addressing climate change is no different. Through your leadership, the United States is fulfilling a responsibility to lead international action addressing climate change resulting in unprecedented cooperation on the development of the historic Paris Agreement. Your decision to make the United States one of the first parties to sign the agreement is a further demonstration of U.S. leadership and is an important step towards ensuring the Paris Agreement is implemented quickly and that the global community begins in earnest towards achieving the significant goals of the agreement.”

Leahy and Welch have long been strong supporters of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which would protect the public’s health and create jobs by setting the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants -- the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas pollution -- and is a key step toward achieving the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement.

A copy of the letter is available HERE.

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