Letter Sent To UN Ministers & Delegates On United States Global Warming Action

Organizations join forces to urge Congress and President-elect Obama to enact legislation in 2009 that sets mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions

12-05-2008 // NWF Media Team

1Sky * Ceres * Clean Water Action * Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministries, Presbyterian Church (USA) * Earthjustice * Environmental Defense Fund Environmental and Energy Study Institute * Friends of the Earth U.S. * ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. * International Rivers * KyotoUSA * Natural Resources Defense Council * National Wildlife Federation * Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign * Pew Environment Group * Public Citizen * Union of Concerned Scientists * US Climate Action Network

Ministers and Delegates
Conference of the Parties 14, Poznan
United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change

As leaders of environmental, conservation, science, health, and faith organizations based in the United States, we are writing to urge the nations of the world meeting in Poznan to build on the decisions in Bali and lay the groundwork for rapid action that puts us on track to conclude a climate change agreement in Copenhagen next year. Our organizations are supported by millions of Americans, and we are committed to putting America on the path to strong climate action in 2009.

The American public is committed to action on climate change and clean energy as never before, demanding action to cut the pollution that causes global warming, repower America with clean energy, and end our dependence on oil. A poll by respected pollster John Zogby found that a strong majority of voters in our recent elections believes that action on climate change should be a high priority for the new Congress and President. Seventy-eight percent of voters believe that clean energy should be a cornerstone of our economic recovery plan.

Our organizations are urging Congress and President-elect Obama to enact legislation in 2009 that sets mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions that will reduce U.S. emissions consistent with keeping further warming below 2 degrees F (equivalent to keeping warming below 2 degrees C from pre-industrial levels). We are also urging President-elect Obama to use existing domestic laws, including the Clean Air Act, to set standards on global warming pollution for power plants, vehicles, and fuels. And we are working with states and mayors to further advance laws that promote clean energy, improve energy efficiency, and limit greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and other sources.

Many of our organizations are working to help advance progress in Poznan during these two weeks. We all will be devoting our efforts and resources over the next year to help President-elect Obama resurrect America's lost leadership on global warming and the environment. With diligent efforts by all countries and a renewed spirit of American international cooperation, we are confident that an agreement on climate change can be reached by the end of next year.

Sincerely,

Gillian Caldwell, Director
1Sky

Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Coordinator
Clean Water Action

Trip Van Noppen, President
Earthjustice

Carol Werner, Executive Director
Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, U.S.A

Tom Kelly, Director
KyotoUSA

Larry Schweiger, President and CEO
National Wildlife Federation

Angela L. Anderson, Director, International Global Warming
Pew Environment Group

Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy
Union of Concerned Scientists

Mindy S. Lubber, President
Ceres

Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness, Director
Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministries
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Fred Krupp, President
Environmental Defense Fund

Brent Blackwelder, President
Friends of the Earth U.S.

Patrick McCully, Executive Director
International Rivers

Frances Beinecke, President
Natural Resources Defense Council

Joy Bergey, Project Director
Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign

Tyson Slocum, Director, Energy Program
Public Citizen

Peter Bahouth, Executive Director
US Climate Action Network

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