Boxer Urges Adoption of Climate Change Agreement in Paris
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently urged world leaders at the Paris climate talks to adopt a strong action plan to combat climate change, citing the environmental and economic benefits California has reaped through its efforts.
“This agreement in Paris can be an economic engine, driving innovation and job creation throughout the world,” said Boxer. “Just look at my home state of California – California’s leadership in reducing emissions has been a boon to our state and to our economy.”
Boxer said that the state is on its way to an 80 percent reduction in pollution from its 1990 levels by 2020, and pointed out the creation of nearly 500,000 jobs in the first year and a half of the California’s carbon pollution cap and trade program.
“According to a recent New York Times poll, two-thirds of Americans support the United States being part of an international treaty to limit the impacts of global warming,” said Boxer. “An ambitious agreement in Paris will not only reduce harmful emissions but will be a powerful economic driver for the U.S. and countries around the world, just as it has been in my home state. And, it will protect the health of our children and families for generations to come. This is our moment to take action.”