Rep. Peters Statement on Paris Climate Talks
December 4, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) emphasized the importance of the UN Climate Talks in Paris and the potential for an international agreement to reduce harmful emissions and curb climate change.
“The United States, led by the President’s Clean Power Plan and the innovation of our private sector, is becoming a global leader in reducing emissions to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The stakes have never been higher, but the momentum leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, driven by the commitments of American business leaders and over 180 countries around the world, means there is a real opportunity to craft a historical, binding agreement to protect our planet for the next generation.”
Congressman Peters, who is the Chairman of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition’s Climate Task Force, also unveiled his own plan to curb climate change. The plan includes supporting innovative research and initiatives in San Diego, as well as legislative proposals to make Congress a leader on reducing emissions and mitigating climate change.
“For too long we have heard that we have to choose between a prosperous economy and a clean environment; that is a false choice that my climate plan rejects. San Diego, with leadership from its military, research, and business communities, has implemented innovative solutions that reduce emissions and spur economic growth and job creation. My plan to curb climate change not only supports these initiatives, it also brings many of these ideas to Washington to increase energy efficiency, invest in our clean tech economy, and keep our air and water clean to protect the health of children and families.”
Congressman Peters, a former environmental attorney, is the sponsor of the Department of Defense Energy Security Act, a vocal proponent of using the Social Cost of Carbon in the rulemaking process, and active member of the Safe Climate Caucus.