COPENHAGEN – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on President Obama's announcement in Copenhagen that the U.S., China, India, Brazil and South Africa have agreed to principles of transparency, mitigation and financing in confronting climate change. Leader Hoyer has been in Copenhagen since Thursday with a Congressional Delegation participating in the UN conference.
“The agreement President Obama announced this evening - including transparency measures, a mitigation target of two degree Celsius and a financing mechanism - is an important step forward that lays a key marker both in the global fight against climate change and in U.S. participation in such efforts. The President's personal involvement, and the efforts of Secretary Clinton and her negotiating team, have been extremely focused and commendable.
“The House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act would help to ensure the U.S. meets these goals by developing a clean energy economy that creates good-paying American jobs, saves consumers through greater energy efficiency, and promotes domestic energy security.
“As the President said, this is a breakthrough in what have been tough negotiations, but it is only the beginning as we must continue working to advance our climate change objectives.
“In addition to the President's announcement, I look forward to hearing the final outcome of discussions underway by the full conference.”