Congress and Environmental Groups Tell Obama Administration to Step Up in Durban
While many believe that no one in the US government is committed to an ambitious outcome at COP17 in Durban, 53 members of Congress drafted a letter last week urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to support a strong outcome.
The letter calls for the Administration to establish a Green Climate Fund and urges progress on long-term sources of finance, including from the aviation and shipping sectors. The letter was led by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. More than 20,000 Americans have already signed petitions echoing the messages in their letter.
Just one week later, the CEOs of 16 major environmental and development organizations sent a more detailed letter supporting a mandate for a legally binding climate treaty, and warning Secretary Clinton that the administration’s negotiating positions at COP17 threaten to impede the global cooperation needed to address climate change.
Keya Chatterjee, WWF Director for International Climate Policy: “Americans are calling on their leaders to act. The Obama administration needs to get behind the establishment of the Green Climate Fund, so that developing countries can deal with the worst impacts of climate change.
"The US should support mechanisms to put a price on carbon pollution from ships and planes traveling internationally and direct this funding to help developing countries prepare for the impacts of climate change and reduce pollution.”
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