Pelosi Statement on U.S.-China Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Obama and President Xi of China announced an agreement to pursue ambitious new carbon reduction goals:

“The carbon pollution reduction goals announced by President Obama and President Xi represent a commitment to confronting climate change with the seriousness it requires.  If China and the United States deliver on the promises announced today, and other nations join with similarly strong commitments, we can avoid the worst effects of permanent climate change.

“There is no excuse left for inaction.  No nation can escape the impact of climate change – nor can any nation shirk its responsibility to confront this shared challenge.  We must come together and take bold and ambitious steps to avert the climate crisis before us.

“I commend President Obama for his tireless leadership in fighting climate change, and Secretary Kerry for all his work in securing this historic promise.  With worldwide commitments in reach, the importance of the President’s Clean Power Plan is clearer than ever.  We must continue to take bold steps forward: investing in clean energy, creating good paying jobs, and ensuring that all our children can look toward the future with confidence.”