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Climate Change

Date: 05/21/2009 Description: Renewable Energy © USG Photo

The United States is taking a leading role in addressing climate change by advancing an ever-expanding suite of measures. We have initiated a number of polices and partnerships that span a wide range of initiatives from reducing our emissions at home to developing transformational low-carbon technologies to improving observations systems that will help us better understand and address the possible impacts of climate change. Our efforts emphasize the importance of results-driven action both internationally and domestically.

The international community recognizes the importance of moving forward collaboratively in addressing climate change. The Bali Action Plan represents an important step in this global effort by recognizing that all countries that contribute to atmospheric emissions must undertake measurable, reportable, and verifiable mitigation actions in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The world community must work collaboratively to slow, stop, and reverse greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a way that promotes sustainable economic growth, increases energy security, and helps nations deliver greater prosperity for their people. As we move from Bali to Poznan to Copenhagen, the United States will continue to engage constructively to contribute to an agreed outcome on a post-2012 arrangement that is both environmentally effective and economically sustainable.

-Statement to the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Special Envoy for Climate Change Stern (Nov. 4)

-Remarks by the President Challenging Americans to Lead the Global Economy in Clean Energy (Oct. 23)

-Special Envoy Todd Stern’s Remarks at the Fifth Meeting of the Leaders’ Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (Oct. 18)

-Chair’s Summary: Fifth Meeting of the Leaders’ Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (Oct. 20)

-Remarks by the President at United Nations Secretary General  Ban Ki-Moon's Climate Change Summit (Sept. 22)

-Chair’s Summary: Fourth Meeting of the Leaders’ Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (Sept. 21)

-Special Briefing by Special Envoy Stern on the Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (Sept 18.)


Special Envoy Stern's Statement to the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming (Sept. 10) -Full Text

-North American Proposal to Phase Down Use of HFCs (Hydrofluorocarbons) Under the Montreal Protocol (Sept. 15)
-Universal Participation in Landmark Environmental Agreement Achieved on International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer (Sept. 15)

World Climate Conference-3
NOAA administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, lead the U.S. delegation to the World Climate Conference-3, August 31- September 4, in Geneva, Switzerland. The goal of the conference was to begin establishing a Global Framework for Climate Services that will meet accelerating demands for information required to address the impacts of climate change. 

Closing Statement by Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Head of the U.S. Delegation (Sept. 4)
High Level Statement by Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator (Sept. 3)
Declaration (Sept. 3)

Press Briefing with Sherburne B. Abbott , Associate Director for Environment, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, Tom Karl, Director, National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jack Hayes, Assistant Administrator for Weather Services Director, National Weather Service, NOAA, Dan Reifsnyder Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment U.S. Department of State (Aug. 31) -Full Text -Listen to Audio

Briefing "Launching a Framework" by Sherburne B. Abbott , Associate Director for Environment, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (Aug. 31)


White House Climate Releases (Aug. 10):
North American Leaders Summit: Energy Deliverables
North American Leaders' Declaration on Climate Change and Clean Energy


U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, July 27-28, 2009
-Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation in Climate Change Energy, and the Environment (July 28) -Full Text
-Teleconference: U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Special Envoy Stern (July 27):
"There was substantial focus on climate change and clean energy. President Obama singled out these issues as a priority for the U.S.-China bilateral relationship this morning." -Remarks
-Joint Press Release on the First Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue
-Memorandum of Understanding on Enhancing Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment


U.S.-India Cooperation
Secretary Clinton and Indian Minister of External Affairs S. M. Krishna signed an agreement jointly creating a $30 million endowment to be used for joint research and development, innovation, entrepreneurial, and commercialization activities in science and technology. U.S. – India Agreements and Achievements | U.S. – India Joint Statement (July 20)


Secretary Clinton Addresses the Council on Foreign Relations (July 15): Climate