WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Saturday that she will lead a delegation of Democratic lawmakers to the United Nations conference on climate change this upcoming month.
The UN’s COP25 environmental summit will be held in Madrid from December 2-13.
In a statement, Pelosi stated that "It is a privilege to accompany a high-level Congressional delegation to Spain to combat the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis.”
The delegation includes Pelosi and 14 other lawmakers.
“Taking action to protect our planet is a public health decision for clean air and clean water for our children, an economic decision for creating the green, good-paying jobs of the future, a national security decision to address resource competition and climate migration and also a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation and pass a sustainable, healthy planet to the next generation,” Pelosi said in a statement.
According to the UN, the goal for the COP25 is to “raise overall ambition also by completing several key aspects with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.”
The Trump administration notified the UN on November 4th that it would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. The U.S. is now the only country to pull out of the pact.
The withdrawal process from the agreement takes a year, so it will not become official until shortly after the 2020 presidential election.
The Administration has designated a small delegation of diplomats to represent the U.S. at the COP25, according to the State Department. The statement reiterated the U.S. leaving the agreement.
The COP25 comes just a few weeks after the UN released its annual "emissions gap" report.
The report concerns what scientists and policymakers call the "emissions gap," the difference between the amount of carbon dioxide emitted now and the drastically lower levels needed to slow or stop global warming.
The report says global emissions continue to rise and will need to be cut at a rate of 7.6% each year for the next decade to limit global warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, which is in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Pelosi stated Saturday, “On behalf of the U.S. Congress, I am proud to travel to COP25 to reaffirm the commitment of the American people to combating the climate crisis.”
Contributing: Doyle Rice
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