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Senator Blunt, Colleagues Question Obama Administration On International Climate Pledge

July 08, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and eight other senators today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a detailed response for how the United States will meet a pledge of 26-28 percent emissions reduction by 2025, as submitted in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

 In the letter, the members focused questions on four key areas regarding the ongoing international climate negotiations, including the economy wide greenhouse gas reduction goal, legal framework, the U.S.-China announcement and the corresponding INDC, and the regulatory impact on jobs and the economy. The members request a response by July 22.

 “While the U.S. pledge is long on promises, it is short on details that would, in the words of the INDC, provide ‘information to facilitate the clarity, transparency, and understanding of the contribution.’ For example, nowhere in the INDC does it lay out, either by sector or by greenhouse gas, how it expects to deliver on its pledge,” the Senators wrote in the letter. “We have serious concerns that you and your Administration are rushing headlong into an agreement that would harm U.S. interests. The sheer magnitude and likely long-term impacts on the direction of the nation demand robust and transparent communication between the Executive and Legislative branches, particularly with respect to the Senate and its Constitutional advice and consent responsibilities.”

To read the entire letter, please click here.

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