U.S. mid-century plan shows deep decarbonization is both possible and practical

Environmental Defense Fund statement from Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President, Global Climate

November 16, 2016
Jennifer Andreassen, jandreassen@edf.org, +1-202-572-3387

 (MARRAKESH, Morocco – November 16, 2016)  The United States announced its long-term climate strategy today at the COP 22 UN climate talks in Marrakesh, becoming the first country to submit its mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategy.

“The U.S. mid-century plan shows how the U.S. can deeply decarbonize its economy while capitalizing on the economic opportunities inherent in the transition to a low-carbon future. As the first country to submit its plan, the U.S. is demonstrating continued momentum for long-term climate action and signaling to the international community, including the private sector, that deep decarbonization is possible and practical over the coming decades.

“The long-term plan to address climate change, itself a long-term challenge, highlights how the U.S. can invest in infrastructure in a way that protects public health, promotes our national security, and generates economic opportunity. Meeting ambitious targets means action is needed in all sectors, and in all gases, so it’s notable that these long-term strategies cover all sources of emissions, including the land sector and powerful non-CO2 climate pollutants such as methane. The report also reflects that state and local governments, as well as businesses, play important roles in acting on climate change.”


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