Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Statement of President-Elect Barack Obama
to Bi-Partisan Governors' Global Climate Summit
November 18, 2008
This is exactly the kind of leadership the country and the world have been waiting for. President-elect Obama's statement makes clear that he's ready to roll up his sleeves and deliver the action that is needed to protect our climate, our economy, and our national security. He is setting the right goals and choosing the right policies. We urge the bipartisan leadership in Congress to work closely with the new president to quickly enact an economy-wide cap-and-trade system. Doing so will ensure significant reductions in U.S. emissions at the lowest possible cost, and help set the stage for a new international agreement ensuring that all other major economies contribute their fair share as well.
Obama Transition: Additional resources on next steps for the new administration.
Pew Perspective: The Obama administration should seek a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade law, argues a new Pew Center article. (November 2008)
Climate Policy & U.S. Election: In an article for the Transatlantic Climate Policy Group, Elliot Diringer discusses prospects for an international climate agreement under a new U.S. president. (October 2008)