Markey leads colleagues in letter to President Biden calling for U.S. to construct on local weather success of Inflation Discount Act and guarantee weak nations have obligatory sources to handle local weather injury
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Washington (November 4, 2022) – Forward of the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change 27th Convention of Events (COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) right this moment led his colleagues Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a letter to President Joe Biden urging the Administration to strengthen the USA’ place as a world chief in combatting local weather change. Within the letter, the senators name for the President to bolster local weather and finance commitments and be certain that weak, growing nations obtain adequate assist to handle losses and damages brought on by local weather change. The lawmakers additionally urge President Biden to make use of all of the obtainable instruments, together with govt and regulatory motion, to scale back greenhouse gasoline emissions to be able to fulfill the USA’ Nationally Decided Contribution to the Paris local weather settlement, which consists of a goal to scale back emissions by 50 to 52 % in 2030, in comparison with a 2005 baseline.
“As we make historical past at house by implementing unprecedented local weather and clear vitality motion delivered within the Inflation Discount Act, we can not flip our again on the remainder of the world. Local weather change is a world problem, and as frontline nations face immense loss and injury wrought by environmental disasters triggered largely by different nation’s longtime local weather negligence, ours included, we should step up and ship as soon as once more for weak individuals world wide.”
“With enactment of the historic Inflation Discount Act, the USA is best positioned than ever to function a world chief within the battle to guard our planet and be certain that weak growing nations obtain adequate funding and assist to handle losses and damages brought on by local weather change,” the senators write of their letter. “Nobody is exempt from the consequences of the local weather disaster, however probably the most weak nations on the frontline of the local weather disaster have endured and are enduring disproportionate struggling, whereas contributing the least to world carbon emissions. The US, against this, is answerable for round one-quarter of historic carbon emissions, greater than another nation or the European Union.”
In October 2021, Senator Markey, Senator Van Hollen, and Rep. Omar led 58 colleagues in a bicameral letter to President Biden forward of the COP26 urging him to safe a deal on a Construct Again Higher agenda with sturdy local weather provisions.