June 28, 2016

350.org Responds to North American Clean Energy Pledge

New York, NY — In response to yesterday’s announcement that the U.S., Canada and Mexico will commit to producing half of North America’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2025, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“This is a big step forward in the fight against climate change. But let’s be clear: declaring ambitious goals like these, or the ones world governments made in Paris, is not the same as taking real action that scientists say is necessary to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of global warming. To actually reach 50% clean energy by 2025 requires making room for real investment in renewable energy infrastructure by keeping fossil fuels in the ground. We certainly agree with the Obama administration that this clean energy pledge is only achievable if each country respectively makes progress towards executing and exceeding the goals set in Paris. The White House can work towards that by building on President Obama’s federal coal moratorium with another stroke of his pen, and halt all new fossil fuel development on public lands. Taking offshore drilling in the Gulf and the Arctic off the table are essential no-brainers if this White House is serious about delivering action on climate that matches its top-line goals and rhetoric.”


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