On the heels of the hottest year on record, President Obama reaffirmed his leadership in the international arena by submitting an important climate plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last month. This proposal is part of the international agreement made in Lima for all countries to set individual targets to decrease their carbon emissions.
The proposal commits the U.S. to cut our carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This marks an important step toward reaching a strong global agreement at the Paris negotiations at the end of this year.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is prioritizing the interests of corporate polluters over the American people, is trying to undermine President Obama’s hard work to tackle climate change and forge this international agreement. Despite McConnell’s opposition, over 100 members of Congress wrote a letter supporting the president’s actions. LCV’s President Gene Karpinski has also praised this critical plan to limit carbon pollution and combat the challenge of our generation, climate change.
This proposal builds off the president’s Climate Action Plan and the game-changing agreement between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to tackle climate change. Recently, President Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto also reaffirmed their commitment to working together to combat this global crisis.
President Obama has shown tremendous leadership in tackling climate change head on. We still have a long road ahead to finalize a global agreement, but these steps that America and other countries are taking will help to forge a strong and binding international agreement in Paris at the end of this year.