Congressman Lowenthal and Other Congressional Climate Change Leaders Urge U.S. Support of Critical Green Climate Fund

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Washington, D.C., March 30, 2018 | comments
In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding FY19 federal funding, Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) joined with 58 of his House colleagues in supporting United States financial pledges for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an international effort to address climate change.

The House Members point out in the letter 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. U.S. support of the GCF is absolutely critical to the fund's success and ensuring that developing nations are engaged in addressing our climate challenges.”

The letter concludes, “…climate change is not a problem that the U.S. can tackle alone. Demonstrating strong support for the GCF will help protect our nation's interests and ensure every country does its fair share.”

The full text of the letter can be read by clicking here.

Joining Congressman Lowenthal in leading this effort are Congressmen Bobby Rush (IL-01) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change; Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), co-chair with Congressman Lowenthal of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus; Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), chair of the Climate Task Force of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC); and, Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02), co-chair of the Environmental Message Team of House Democratic Leadership.

“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.”

“Climate change is global, and therefore our actions to fight it must be multi-lateral. We must help developing nations adapt, and safeguard vulnerable communities from bearing the brunt of the worst effects,” Congressman Beyer said. “Congress’ support for the Green Climate Fund is a critical step needed to address climate change and fill the leadership gap left by the Trump Administration.”

“The United States has an obligation to keep its climate commitments, no matter who is in the White House. As one of the largest emitters of carbon pollution, our country owes it to the international community to help others adapt to this global problem,” Congressman Blumenauer said.

“Combating climate change has always required a global solution. Given the White House’s threat to pull the U.S. out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, supporting global investment in greenhouse gas and climate mitigation programs is more important than ever,” Congressman Peters said. “The Green Climate Fund helps developing countries meet emission and resiliency goals, particularly for countries that are most vulnerable to the threat of climate change. The U.S. can’t relinquish its leadership role on climate and in the absence of action from the White House, Congress needs to invest in programs that protect our planet for future generations.”

“The Green Climate Fund is critically important to developing nations, especially as they work to address the real challenges of climate change,” Congressman Rush said. “This fund is not a scheme as it has been foolishly characterized by President Trump but plays a vital role in helping the poorest countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, develop robust, viable low-carbon energy economies, and adapt to their new reality.”

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