Today in a bipartisan letter to President Bush, Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and 22 others urged the Administration to stop observing and start participating in the climate change talks under way in Montréal. Bingaman, Snowe and their 22 colleagues reminded the President that the United States has a legal obligation, under a U.N. treaty, to participate in the
The two-week climate change meetings opened last week. Representatives from 189 countries are gathered in Montréal to discuss future actions that can be taken to curb global warming.
Senators Biden (D-DE), Cantwell (D-WA), Carper (D-DE), Chafee (R-RI), Clinton (D-NY), Collins (R-ME), Dodd (D-CT), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Feinstein (D-CA), Harkin (D-IA), Inouye (D-HI), Jeffords (I-VT), Kerry (D-MA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Levin (D-MI), Lieberman (D-CT), McCain (R-AZ), Reed (D-RI), Salazar (D-CO), Sarbanes (D-MD) and Schumer (D-NY) also signed the letter:
December 5, 2005
President George W. Bush
The White House
Dear President Bush:
As you know, one of the most pressing issues facing mankind is the problem of human-induced global climate change. Between November 28 and
We are writing to remind the Administration of its continuing legal obligation to participate in the
We would also like you to be aware that a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate has now agreed that human-induced climate change is real and that “mandatory steps will be required to slow or stop the growth of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.” On
“It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should enact a comprehensive and effective national program of mandatory, market-based limits and incentives on emissions of greenhouse gases that slow, stop, and reverse the growth of such emissions at a rate and in a manner that-
(1) will not significantly harm the economy; and
(2) will encourage comparable action by other nations that are major trading partners and key contributors to global emissions.”
As this Sense of the Senate Resolution makes clear, the Senate intends, at some future date, to require a program of mandatory greenhouse gas limits and incentives for the
The United States Senate is on the path towards requiring mandatory commitments and reductions of greenhouse gases and supports working through and alongside the Framework Convention process. The Administration should remain mindful of that key fact in its negotiations with all Parties and comport any discussions about future obligations accordingly.