Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), today released the following statement on the Cancun Agreements.
"The outcome in Cancun lays a foundation for continuing negotiations by which the global community can respond to climate change. Most importantly, it anchors the commitments to greenhouse gas reduction that the major economies made last year in Copenhagen, and makes emissions reduction efforts more transparent, builds confidence that pledges will be carried out, and creates a framework to reduce emissions from deforestation. These are all positive steps forward.
"Still, it'd be a lot less than candid if we didn't acknowledge that the science still tells us that we need far greater actions to prevent catastrophe. We have a long road ahead and limited time; the impacts of climate instability are already being felt. The United States needs to get back in the game today instead of being held back by obstructionism and broken politics at home, which have hurt us not just in the race to address climate change, but which have set us back in the race to define the clean energy economy and all the good jobs that come with it."
Senator Kerry argued that the following actions are necessary for continued progress:
* Internationally we can keep moving forward by ensuring that over the next year all parties begin to flesh out the mechanisms established in Mexico to prevent deforestation, promote clean energy deployment, and provide assistance to the most vulnerable countries adapting to climate change.
* Domestically we must ensure that our own Environmental Protection Agency retains its authority to regulate carbon pollution and make sure that climate policy is shaped by science, not political games.
The final outcome advances each of the core elements of the Copenhagen Accord, which Senator Kerry called for in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this week.