Washington, D.C. — Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the announcement that the United States and China have reached a major climate change agreement that will result in significant reductions in carbon pollution by the two nations:
“The economic security of American middle class families depends on tackling climate change, which is why today’s announcement that the two largest economies in the world are committing together to cutting carbon pollution is so important.
“Climate change is a global problem, and it requires a global solution. This agreement is a good start to taking on the carbon pollution that threatens our way of life and our natural resource economy in rural America, and particularly in our West. We can’t bury our heads in the tar sands any longer. Catastrophic climate change is already harming our economy, particularly industries such as our farming, fishing and forestry in Oregon. It’s time for action, and this is an important step forward.”