Menendez Applauds Paris Climate Agreement

Menendez Applauds Paris Climate Agreement


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today applauded the international climate change agreement approved by 195 countries. The Paris Agreement establishes a framework to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to keep average temperature rise from exceeding 2°C, with an ultimate goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C. Beginning in 2020, countries will set new greenhouse gas targets every five years, and will be required to report on progress towards these targets.

“The Paris Agreement marks a historic moment for our planet, for our nation, and for humanity at large,” said Sen. Menendez. “For the first time, nearly the whole world came together to approve a climate deal that takes real steps towards keeping global temperature rise to less than 2 °C.  In New Jersey, we understand better than most the devastation that rising seas, more powerful storms, and rising temperatures will have on our families, our economy, and our beloved coastline. That is why I am proud to support a strong Paris Agreement, and hope that we will continue to capitalize on this momentum to strengthen our national commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. We owe it to future generations to be responsible stewards of our only planet.”

Last year, Senator Menendez sent a letter in his capacity as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee calling on the President to submit strong post-2020 emissions reduction targets. The letter also calls for a robust commitment to the Green Climate Fund, which helps to finance sustainable growth and renewable energy projects in the developing world.

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