Paris Agreement

Paris Agreement Laser Talk

Question:  Where does CCL stand on the Paris Agreement?

Answer:  Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds that international agreements are necessary to make meaningful progress to address climate change. The actions of any single country, by itself, will not be sufficient to address this global issue. Therefore, CCL hopes that the U.S. will continue to engage in international negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While the Paris Agreement [1,2] contained only voluntary reductions, CCL still views this cooperation between countries as important and meaningful and views the Paris Agreement as an important milestone that recognized the challenge we face. CCL is heartened by the U.S. decision to rejoin this agreement ahead of the November 2021 COP26 meeting in Glasgow. We hope this will help strengthen the commitments of all nations.

It is important to also understand that while the U.S. will rejoin Paris Agreement – a non-binding agreement which is not a treaty – we also remain a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a treaty that was negotiated and ratified under the Administration of President George H.W. Bush in 1992. [3]

Regardless of any commitments the U.S. makes under the Paris Agreement, it is still imperative for Congress to enact effective legislation to reduce carbon pollution. Citizens’ Climate Lobby, along with many other voices both conservative and progressive proposes a solution that is both effective and equitable – a steadily-rising fee on carbon with revenue returned to households.

In particular, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, [4] if passed and signed into law, would not only meet, but significantly exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement.

In a Nutshell: The Paris Agreement, like all international agreements, is a necessary step to address climate change. But regardless of any commitments the U.S. makes under that agreement, it is imperative for Congress to enact effective legislation to reduce carbon pollution.

  1. “Paris Agreement.” Wikipedia (updated 11 Apr 2018).
  2. “The Paris Agreement.” United Nations Climate Change (accessed 12 Apr 2018).
  3. “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.” Wikipedia (updated 8 Apr 2018).
  4. H.R.2307 – Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2021. Library of Congress (01 Apr 2021).


This page was updated on 12/05/21 at 21:35 CST.