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Inhofe Statement on India’s Submitted INDC to the United Nations
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement today on India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“India’s plan makes clear there is a continued divide between developed and developing countries when it comes to making climate commitments. India is looking to countries like the United States to help cover the $2.5 trillion costs over the next 15 years. This is further indication that the upcoming Paris agreement is a bad deal for the American people - India stands to inherit millions of taxpayer dollars, China stands to inherit jobs and investment shipped overseas due to the president’s carbon mandates, and both countries will continue to increase their emissions through 2030.”
On July 8, Inhofe led ten Senators in a letter to President Obama requesting a detailed response for how the U.S. will plan to meet a pledge of 26-28 percent emissions reduction by 2025, as represented by the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Senators are still awaiting the president’s response.
Also on July 8, Mr. David Bookbinder, former Sierra Club chief climate counsel, testifiedbefore the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, that the president’s goal would fall dramatically short of meeting the U.S. target of cutting emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.