Paris International Climate Change Summit produces “breakthrough”
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkely, who traveled to Paris to take part in the Climate Change Summit in France said today that “Today’s agreement represents a breakthrough moment in the international fight to take on climate change. While this deal is by no means the end of the work we must do, having the global community come together around a shared vision of action is nonetheless a tremendous milestone on the path to avoiding climate catastrophe. Americans should be proud of our nation’s leadership in helping to forge this deal, and we should also know that science deniers in Congress cannot stop this agreement from moving forward.
“This deal also contains key provisions that will help world leaders take the fight against climate change to the next level. Built into the agreement is a process that will encourage countries to revisit, and hopefully ramp up each of their individual commitments to tackle carbon pollution in five year increments.
“Moving forward, it’s imperative that we partner with other developed nations to finance clean energy options to bring electricity to those who lack it, and to accelerate investment in research and development to keep driving down the cost of clean energy and to develop affordable energy storage. This strategy, coming out of the Paris summit will only strengthen our resolve to work harder to ensure our children and grandchildren have a habitable planet to call home.”