President of COP25, Excellencies, and Distinguished Delegates; I am so pleased to be with you today. On behalf of the American people, I commend the Chilean COP presidency’s great leadership and thank our gracious hosts here in Spain for their warm hospitality and extraordinary ability to provide all of this on such short notice.
The United States continues to lead on clean, affordable, and secure energy while reducing all types of emissions―including greenhouse gases―over the last 15 years. Our last day as a Party to the Paris Agreement will be November 4, 2020, but we will remain focused on a realistic and pragmatic model—backed by a record of real world results. Our model shows how innovation and open markets lead to greater prosperity, fewer emissions, and more secure sources of energy. We remain fully committed to working with you, our global partners, to enhance resilience, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
U.S. investments in research and development will continue to spur landmark breakthroughs across the full range of energy technologies―natural gas; wind; solar; nuclear; hydroelectric; clean coal and biofuels. Our investments will improve energy efficiency and storage as well. We have successfully proven the potential for carbon capture, utilization, and storage through demonstrations and large-scale industrial projects.
U.S. scientific research and data collection, transformed by our national laboratories’ supercomputer modeling, provide the international scientific community with a deeper understanding of our shared environment. Open data from U.S. satellites help fight forest fires and track trends in deforestation. NOAA and NASA data and research help countries predict and prepare for the impacts of climate change, extreme weather, sea level fluctuations, and drought. U.S. companies develop resilient crops to withstand these phenomena. All of this work supports American businesses, farmers, and communities—as well as our friends and partners around the world.
Chile has named COP25 the “Blue COP,” highlighting its focus on oceans. At this year’s Our Ocean Conference in Norway, the United States announced 23 new commitments—that is, $1.2 billion dollars to promote sustainable fisheries, combat marine debris, and support marine science, observation, and exploration.
Since 2017, the U.S. Congress has appropriated $372 million dollars in foreign assistance to preserve and restore forests and other lands that help many of the countries represented in this room build resilience and reduce carbon emissions. The State Department also committed over $11 million dollars this year alone to address environmental degradation and climate change in the Pacific and Caribbean regions.
The United States will continue to lead by example and extend a steady hand to our friends around the globe.