Kerry Statement on New Global Climate Initiative

Statement

By:  John Kerry
Date: Feb. 16, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Obama Administration for launching an initiative with key countries to strengthen energy independence, increase agriculture production, and protect the health of millions by reducing emissions of so-called "short-lived climate pollutants" including methane, soot, and hydrofluorocarbons.

"It's no secret that since ideologues took over the House, even the most serious and bipartisan Senate efforts to deal with climate change have been slowed. That's why continued leadership from the Administration is so vital to make clear America is still in the game. Our coastline communities and farmers are battling extreme weather events occurring at unprecedented rates. This initiative by Secretary Clinton, Administrator Jackson, and our partner countries will help deal with harmful pollutants, protect public health, and strengthen the global partnerships needed to address climate change."

Senator Kerry was a lead sponsor of climate change legislation in the 111th Congress. His bi-partisan legislation, the American Power Act, included a title addressing these specific short-lived climate pollutants: methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons.