U.S. Formalizes Climate Commitment, Sends a Powerful Signal -- It's Time to Act

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U.S. Formalizes Climate Commitment, Sends a Powerful Signal -- It's Time to Act

NRDC’s Suh: Goal Can Be Met, Even Exceeded

WASHINGTON - The United States today unveiled concrete plans, in a formal submission to the United Nations, to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent below 2005 levels in 2025 as a part of a new effort to secure an international agreement later this year to combat climate change.

The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“This important commitment sends a powerful message to the world: Together we can slash dangerous carbon pollution and combat climate change. This announcement builds on America’s leadership that already is delivering notable breakthroughs, such as the recent commitments by China and Mexico to join the global effort. And that bodes well for a strong international commitment to fight climate change at the Paris conference in December.

“We are confident that the U.S. commitment can be met -- and even exceeded. Doing so, though, will require several critical steps: setting a stronger carbon pollution standard through President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, enacting other greenhouse gas reductions, limiting methane leaks from production processes and investing in clean transportation instead of letting big oil plunder our precious oceans and landscapes. Taken together, these steps will help combat the gravest environmental threat of our time.”

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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