Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement and Resolution on the Four-Year Anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement
Washington, December 12, 2019
Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, today issued the following statement on their introduction of a resolution celebrating the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement:
“The climate crisis is the existential threat of our time. It impacts every facet of our economy, the environment, our national security, public health, and the future we leave our children. We are already beginning to experience its effects, and those effects will only get worse if we do not begin to earnestly address this issue. As long as President Trump is in office, this anniversary will serve as a sobering reminder of the lack of climate leadership we have in the White House and the battle ahead to address climate change.
“However, we will not let President Trump’s decision to initiation the year-long formal withdrawal from the Agreement be the voice for the entire of the country. In the Democratic-led House of Representatives, we have held over 100 hearings on climate change, passed the Climate Action Now Act (HR 9), and sent a high-level delegation to COP25 in Spain. Our record on the climate crisis in the 116th Congress speaks for itself. With this resolution marking this important day in history and our work to address the existential threat of our generation, we are continuing to let the world know that we are still in.”
The resolution was cosponsored by 61 Members of Congress. It celebrates the anniversary of the Paris Agreement and supports global efforts to keep warming under 2 degrees Celsius, efforts to protect vulnerable populations from the impacts of climate change, and policies at the Federal, State, and local level that promote reductions in carbon pollution. Text of the resolution can be viewed here.