WWF Comment on President Obama's Climate Action Plan

Published on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:24
Written by Vicki Mitchem

Commenting on President Obama's Climate Action Plan, published today, WWF said the intervention highlighted the need for leadership on climate change ahead of international talks culminating in Paris in 2015.

Nick Molho, head of climate and energy policy at WWF-UK, said: "It's great to see a major initiative on climate from President Obama – but it highlights the fact that David Cameron has said virtually nothing on this issue since before the last general election. Now more than ever, with two of the next three major climate conferences taking place in Europe, we need leadership from our political leaders on climate change.

"Following the recent efforts of some vocal business groups in the EU to keep the carbon price as low as possible, it's also disappointing to see some American businesses already threatening to take Obama's plans to the courts [2]. American and European businesses should see the transition to a low-carbon world as the huge industrial opportunity that it is, not a drag on the economy.

"The President's plan wouldn't reduce carbon pollution as much as scientists say is needed, but he rightly zeros in on executive branch actions, rather than waiting any longer for Congress. President Obama correctly sees this as an all-hands-on-deck moment requiring a government-wide plan, including action on pollution from the largest source of US emissions -- existing dirty power plants.  Recognizing that the US needs to meet its international commitments and strongly support robust international action is also crucial as the world works to forge a new global climate pact by 2015."

Source: WWF-UK

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