Washington (December 10, 2019) – As international negotiators continue discussions at the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 14 U.S. Senators in introducing a resolution to express support for the Paris climate agreement. The resolution notes the growing scientific urgency around the need for action to combat the climate crisis, and details the bold steps that states, municipalities, and businesses are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create clean energy jobs, and meet the goals of the Paris climate accord.
The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
“We wrote a new chapter for the United States that captured our commitment to our people, our planet, and to other nations when we signed the Paris climate agreement,” said Senator Markey. “Despite President Trump’s fealty to fossil fuels, we will not abandon our duty to global climate leadership. Support for climate solutions has never been stronger – protests and strikes around the world with all generations and all backgrounds are the rallying cry for immediate action. The United States should be the scientific, technological, economic, and moral authority on combatting the climate crisis. We just need the political will to get it done, and we need it now.
“Climate deniers like President Trump can say that climate change is not real, but they will not be able to deny the movement for climate action at the ballot box in 2020.”
A copy of the resolution can be found HERE.