US stays committed to Paris Agreement under new Clinton Presidency

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7 November 2016

NEW YORK: With the election of Hillary Clinton as its 45th President, the US is poised to continue its commitment to implement the Paris Agreement.

Upon the signing of the Paris Agreement last December, President-elect Clinton called it, “an historic step forward in meeting one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century - the global crisis of climate change.”

Clinton continued, “We cannot afford to be slowed by the climate skeptics or deterred by the defeatists who doubt America’s ability to meet this challenge. That’s why as President, I will make combating climate change a top priority from day one, and secure America’s future as the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.”

With her Presidency now a reality, the US is expected to continue the plan laid out by President Obama to achieve a 26-28% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030, including through executive actions such as the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32% below 2005 levels.

Clinton has also proposed further steps to reduce emissions and boost clean energy, such as generating enough renewable energy to power every home in America, with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of her first term.

Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, The Climate Group North America said: “President-elect Clinton has a strong track record of prioritizing climate change as a Senator and Secretary of State, and I have no doubt she will continue to provide real leadership on this issue as the next US President.”

“Her election over her opponent should send a strong signal that America will not turn its back on the Paris Agreement, and we look forward to working with the new Administration to make sure it is successfully implemented.”

Leaders of US businesses and states also lent their support to the President-elect.

In a speech at the Democratic National Convention, California Governor Jerry Brown said: “As Secretary of State, she paved the way for the historic Paris Climate Agreement…And from her first day in office, President Hillary Clinton will do what’s needed to combat climate change and lead the clean energy revolution.”

Alex Laskey, president and co-founder of Opower, said: “Hillary Clinton is ready to do what’s necessary: implement ambitious climate standards, aggressively cut energy waste, and accelerate our transition to a thriving clean energy economy.”

by Evan Juska
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