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Beyer Backs White House Plan to Cut Emissions

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Washington, March 31, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments

U.S. Representative Don Beyer threw his support behind the White House’s formal announcement that the United States will offer a proposal to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference that would curb domestic greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent.

“Global climate change is the existential crisis of our time. I am proud to see President Obama’s pledge that the United States will take a leading role on the international stage to protect our environment. Reducing carbon emissions is the best way to fight and reverse the threat human-fueled climate change poses around the world. This announcement demonstrates a real commitment to doing just that, and is a big step toward reaching a successful agreement at the COP21 conference,” said Rep. Beyer

The White House submitted the formal statement of its target, called an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) this morning. The target is to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and would roughly double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.

To learn more about the President’s Pledge, click here.

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