Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following statement following the announcement that President Obama and the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa have reached a "meaningful agreement" between developed and developing nations to take action to combat global warming.

Senator Boxer said: "Today's announcement from Copenhagen is an important step forward in the effort to combat global warming. For the first time, the world's major emitting countries - including China and India -- have committed to specific actions to cut greenhouse gas pollution. American leadership, especially President Obama's personal engagement, fundamentally changed the dynamic at the global warming talks. While there is more work to do, the progress made today will add to the momentum here at home for legislation to create millions of clean energy jobs, move America away from our billion dollar a day oil habit, and protect our children and grandchildren from dangerous pollution."