Monday, September 30, 2013

UN and US Political Reactions to the 2013 IPCC Report

There has been a great deal of reaction to the fifth IPCC Report from the leadership at the United Nations (UN) and from within the United States (US) government both in Congress and in the Obama administration.

Predictably, Ban Ki-Moon, Connie Hedgaard, John Kerry and Barbara Boxer have all endorsed the findings of the IPCC AR5 summary and strongly encourage action.

Here is a brief summary of their responses:

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: “The heat is on. We must act.”
  • European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard: “If your doctor was 95 percent sure you had a serious disease, you would immediately start looking for the cure.”
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry: “This is yet another wakeup call: those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire.” 
  • US Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.): “This landmark report underscores the importance of the Obama Administration’s efforts to curb carbon pollution, and I will do everything in my power to support the Administration in their efforts to address the dangerous impacts of climate disruption.”

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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