At COP24, international community forges a path towards transparency, implementation
Boston (December 15, 2018) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after international negotiators at the United Nations Conference of Parties 24 reached a deal to adopt rules for implementing the Paris climate agreement. As part of the deal, every country will need to follow uniform standards for measuring carbon emissions. Ahead of 2020, countries will be required to raise ambition for reducing the emissions at the heart of causing climate change.
“Recent scientific reports showed a disturbing path toward global destruction due to climate change, but negotiations in Poland gave us a hopeful alternative roadmap for action,” said Senator Markey. “The rulebook agreed to at COP24 is a ray of hope despite President Trump’s abysmal record on climate change. It will serve as a solid foundation for all nations to continue working toward the goals negotiated in Paris. Support from people around the world for the Paris climate agreement has never been stronger. Despite The Trump administration’s giveaways to fossil fuel interests, the United States is still in, and we can make progress. From cities and states setting bold climate goals, to business and entrepreneurs developing clean energy solutions, the United States has the technological might to lead the world in emissions reductions. And now, with a new Congress set to begin, we must exert the political will to do it.”
In November of 2018, Senator Markey introduced a Senate Resolution expressing U.S. support for the Paris climate agreement.