WWF reacts to the USA's climate plan
“The US is one of the few major emitters to put forward its climate pledge on time. By doing so it sets a good global standard for transparency and helps build trust in the negotiations. Going forward, we need to see how the US will support other countries to do more on climate – to ensure global fairness and keep the world on a path to 1.5 degree Celsius,” said Samantha Smith, leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.
“Politically, today’s announcement is a big deal. It signals that US climate policy over the next decade will begin to line up with growing majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents, as well as key business leaders, calling for climate action now. By developing this target based on existing authority, the United States is signaling that countries should have confidence it can deliver. To maintain that confidence, a strong final rule this summer to cut carbon pollution from new and existing power plants will be critical,” says Lou Leonard, vice president Climate Change at WWF US.
“In fact the US must do more than just deliver on this pledge; the 28% domestic target can and must be a floor not a ceiling. As the largest contributor to climate impacts already here today, the United States has a responsibility to lead and do its fair share. When compared to what scientists warn us is needed to avoid the worst impacts to our cities, our food systems and water supplies, the US pledge falls short. The US should come to Paris ready to join this new era of climate cooperation by adding to its domestic contribution with an additional concrete commitment to work with other nations, businesses and civil society to take a big bite out of the gap,” said Leonard.