This morning, the United States announced its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the country’s highly-anticipated commitment to climate action in the run up to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year. As other countries have announced their INDCs — including Mexico, Switzerland, the European Union, and Norway — the U.S. has announced an ambitious plan for action, including cutting carbon pollution by up to 28 percent by 2025.
As a new poll released yesterday found, today’s announcement aligns with the priorities of the American people. The poll found that 72 percent of Americans support the U.S. signing an international climate agreement.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“We applaud the Obama Administration for following through on the ambitious commitment made last November with China by pledging clear, significant action to tackle the climate crisis and protect our children and grandchildren. We’ve seen the effects of unmitigated carbon pollution take their toll around the world, but this announcement is further proof that the U.S. is stepping up to lead the world in pursuing solutions.
“Momentum for real climate action is building at a historic rate. With our nation moving away from coal and the world embracing clean energy at a record pace, this announcement and others like it open the door to meet the 2 degree celsius goal needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. In the coming months, we expect additional ambitious commitments to pour in that will further prove the world is ready to act and keep us on the right track to Paris and beyond.”