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Congressional Climate Change Leaders Call For U.S. Support of Critical Green Climate Fund

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Washington, D.C., March 31, 2017 | comments
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02), Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), and Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-01), along with 53 of their colleagues, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of the United States pledges for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a multinational effort to address climate change.

The letter points out that the GCF is a critical tool for the multinational effort to address climate change, and funding would be used to invest in resilient and low-emission development around the world. Support of the GCF by the U.S. is absolutely critical to the fund's success and ensuring that developing nations are engaged in addressing our climate challenges.

Congressmen Rush and Blumenauer are co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Congressmen Lowenthal and Beyer are co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, and Congressman Peters is chair of the Climate Task Force of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), and Congressman Huffman is co-chair of the Environmental Messaging Team of House Democratic Leadership.

The letter led by leaders of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, the Safe Climate Caucus, SEEC, and the Environmental Messaging Team to the House Appropriations Committee follows below and is attached to this release.

“No country is immune to a damaged climate, and no country can fix this problem alone. The Green Climate fund assists the world’s most vulnerable communities in adapting to a changing climate using contributions from many of the world’s worst polluters, including the U.S.,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “I am optimistic that by following through with our commitments to the Green Climate Fund the U.S. will continue to lead in making our environment safe and healthy--both now and into the future.”

“Mitigating the harmful impacts from climate change is a global endeavor requiring multi-lateral support. Our commitment to the Green Climate Fund is critical to helping developing nations counter the effects of climate change,” Congressman Beyer said. “We cannot lead in this fight by ignoring those communities most vulnerable to our pollution.”

“If the Trump administration will not provide climate leadership, Congress should,” Congressman Blumenauer said. “We must continue to honor our country’s obligations – for the sake of those communities most impacted by the changing climate, and for the future of our planet.”

“Clean air, clean water, and slowing the rate of climate change are global goals that require a global solution,” Congressman Peters said. “The Green Climate Fund helps ensure that we don’t have to choose between a strong, competitive global economy and a healthy environment. Now, more than ever, America’s commitment to the Green Climate Fund is essential to provide the resources for sustainable, resilient development in communities around the world.”

“The Green Climate Fund plays an essential role in helping the most impoverished nations develop sustainable, resilient, low-carbon energy economies,” Congressman Rush said. “Under President Obama the U.S. made commitments to do its part in helping these countries adapt to the worst impacts of climate change, which we contributed to in large part.  The U.S. must not abdicate its leadership role in rallying the world towards a more sustainable, environmentally friendly future and the Green Climate Fund will go a long way in protecting the planet for generations to come.”
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