America’s Leadership Opportunity at the Paris Climate Conference
Testimony of Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Instituteby -
On December 1st, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute Andrew Steer testified in front of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology for a hearing about the Paris climate negotiations. Drawing on the latest research, analysis, and market trends, Andrew focused on three key themes in his testimony. First, the United States can achieve a low-carbon future and grow its economy. Climate-smart policies promote economic efficiency, drive technological advances, provide policy predictability for investors, generate huge economic co-benefits, and reduce the negative impact on growth of climate change itself. Second, the U.S. has set an ambitious but achievable emissions reduction target for 2025 in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution. Third, U.S. leadership is essential to tackling the problem of climate change and is helping to spur greater action by countries and companies around the world. A universal, transparent, durable, and effective agreement at the climate summit in Paris will be a major step forward in achieving a prosperous world.