Washington, DC – Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works Committees, released the following statement upon the President's announcement that he had secured an agreement in Copenhagen:
“Today, America regained its position as the world's leader in efforts to reverse global warming and reduce dangerous greenhouse gases. Based on a foundation of renewed engagement by his administration and unprecedented action by Congress, President Obama’s personal leadership in Copenhagen has resulted in the first commitment by all of the major polluters to reduce global emissions within a transparent framework. I applaud his efforts, particularly his success in involving China – the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases – and India in this agreement to address the global problem. I hope to see it accepted by the full international community.
“As a member of both the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works Committee, I will continue to work with the President and our international negotiators to sharpen and honor our international commitments. Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. But the domestic dividends are undeniable. As we continue to engage the world community, we must move on legislation here at home to invest in clean energy and high-tech infrastructure at home that will bring us high-quality jobs, increase our dependence on foreign fuels, and make our planet healthier for our children and grandchildren.”