Arlington, VA | January 13, 2016
The Nature Conservancy is pleased that President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, delivered at the United States Joint Session of Congress on January 12, 2016, directed the nation’s attention with respect to climate change on practical solutions, and specifically the opportunities available through technological innovation to move the world forward to a low-carbon future.
The Nature Conservancy strongly supports technological and land-use innovations to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions necessary to avert the negative impacts of climate change. We are at a critical juncture where we, as a country, are reinventing our transportation and electric power systems, driving this transformation in ways that bring economic and environmental benefits.
“Climate change poses dramatic challenges to our communities, economies and to The Nature Conservancy’s conservation mission,” says Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director of Public Policy. “But we’re excited by the new technologies, new business models, and new resolve that are creating a climate of innovation and an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, and offer better energy choices to consumers.”
The Nature Conservancy is especially pleased to see the Administration’s support of assistance to developing countries as they address climate change. By facilitating developing countries’ efforts to monitor and reduce emissions and to manage climate impacts, the United States can help increase their resilience and enhance the effectiveness of the international response. We look forward to working with policymakers and the private sector to drive practical policies that successfully advance a low-carbon economy and deploy nature-based solutions that reduce emissions and bolster resilience.
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