The Honorable Nancy Pelosi April 2019
Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy,
We are members of the Leaders Circle of the largest coalition ever assembled for climate action in the United States, and are among the over 3,750 U.S. businesses, cities, states, tribes, colleges and universities, investors, faith groups, cultural institutions, and health care organizations who declared “We Are Still In” the Paris Agreement and the fight against climate change.
Since We Are Still In launched two years ago, more and more American leaders have stepped forward to declare their support for the global solution to climate change. Our 3,750 signatories come from all fifty states, represent half of the U.S. population and over half of the US economy.
In that time, the science around climate change has only become increasingly clear. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change detailed the dire global consequences of allowing global temperature increases to exceed 2.7° F / 1.5°C. Similarly, the National Climate Assessment detailed that the impacts of climate change are already impacting every place and walk of life in the United States. Our future is at stake.
For these reasons, we endorse H.R. 9: Climate Action Now Act, which advances our commitment to address climate change and support the Paris Agreement, and hope that leaders from both sides will choose to stand behind the legislation. It is in America’s best interest to improve our global leadership and reputation on this issue by honoring our contribution to the Paris Agreement.
For our part, we will continue our commitment to tackling climate change by reducing our emissions and working together for a broad transformation of the US economy. We look forward to welcoming strong, smart, national policies to address the climate challenge while unleashing substantial economic and public health benefits.