Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (Dem) applauded news that the State Department will contribute $500 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF is an international multilateral fund that supports low-emission and resilient development in countries that are the most vulnerable to climate change.
“The Green Climate Fund is exactly the kind of international partnership we need to tackle this major challenge,” said Merkley, a member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and a new member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Climate change is a global problem, and the United States must pursue global solutions.”
“I thank President Obama for establishing America as a world leader on the frontlines of climate action and taking another major stride toward fulfilling America’s $3 billion commitment to the fund.”
In the opinion of Merkley, “This contribution shows that even as we face an incoming Administration that engages in dangerous climate denial, those of us in the United States who believe in taking action to save our planet, our economy, and our future will continue doing everything in our power to move forward. I am glad that other countries are continuing to take this challenge seriously and that we can continue to work together to fight climate change.”
In 2014, President Obama pledged to the international community that the United States would contribute $3 billion to the GCF over 4 years. In 2015, Merkley and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced an amendment to eliminate the Republican Congress’s proposed prohibition on contributions to the Green Climate Fund. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the amendment with bipartisan support. The amendment was then adopted into the Senate’s State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill and ultimately allowed the State Department to make its first contribution of $500 million to the Green Climate Fund in March 2016. Because the Federal Government is operating under a Continuing Resolution, the State Department is able to use this same authority to make this second contribution of $500 million to the Green Climate Fund.