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STATEMENT: Distinguished Experts Respond to U.S. Proposed Climate Commitment

In response to the United States’ submission of its proposed climate action plan to the United Nations, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC), World Resources Institute board members released the following statements:

Felipe Calderón, former President of México, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and Board Member, WRI:

“Today’s announcement is a positive signal that shows the US’s intentions about strong climate action. We hope that other countries will put forward their best efforts so that they can also reap the financial rewards of low-carbon economic growth.”

Carlos Nobre, National Secretary for R&D Policies at the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation of Brazil and Board Member, WRI Brazil:

“This proposal is an important and symbolic step signaling that the United States intends to start decarbonizing its economy. It should provide confidence to countries -- developed and developing – to put forward serious plans to address climate change and seize the economic opportunities of a low-carbon economy.”

Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Energy Secretary, United States and Board Member, WRI:

“The United States has made clear that it is ready to step up to the plate on climate change. This common-sense and achievable plan to decarbonize the U.S. economy will result in significant cost savings from cleaner technologies and create more American energy jobs to power our homes and businesses.”


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