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WWF Statement on Sen. Boxer's Climate Principles

WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2009 –World Wildlife Fund (WWF) officials today praised Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) announcement of the key principles for upcoming legislation to address climate change.

“We applaud, once again, Chairman Boxer for her leadership on addressing the major challenge of our time and for swiftly setting the parameters that should guide the Senate in its deliberation on climate change legislation,” said Lou Leonard, WWF’s director of climate policy.  “The principles laid out in the statement comprise not only the essential ingredients of a successful domestic legislative effort, but also include the core elements that will be needed to reach an agreement on a global climate deal this December in Copenhagen. The Senate should move swiftly to develop legislation consistent with these principles.

“The principles outlined by Senator Boxer would address key aspects of the climate crisis, including a cap-and-trade program with strong, near- and medium-term emission reduction targets guided by periodic science ‘look-backs,’ and mechanisms to help US consumers and industry transition to the new, low carbon economy.  Just as importantly, the Boxer Principles recognize that climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution by including a funding mechanism to ensure that the US contributes its fair share to help developing countries transition to low-carbon economies and support for the world’s most vulnerable people and fragile ecosystems to adapt to unavoidable climate change,” said Leonard. 

Jason Patlis, WWF’s vice president for US government relations, said, “The goal now is to turn these principles into legislation by adding the necessary details to this strong framework. For example, consistent with these principles, the Senate bill should include measures to promote cooperation among industries and countries to spread existing clean technologies to where they are needed most, while also creating smart incentives to halt net emissions from deforestation, which produces the second largest component of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“We look forward to working with Chairman Boxer and the Environment and Public Works Committee to make further progress on urgently needed climate legislation,” said Patlis.