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Proposal ID818
Proposal2016 Platform Amendment Proposal International Climate Treaty
PresenterPlatform Committee Sponsored by GPUS Platform Committee
Floor ManagerJan Martell
Discussion04/04/2016 - 04/17/2016
Voting04/18/2016 - 04/24/2016
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum50 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


Our current plank regarding an international treaty on climate change needs to be updated following the recent COP 21 deal in Paris.


1. Strong International Climate Treaty

Current language of plank that is being addressed:
Support a strong international climate treaty under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The United States must do far better than its offer in Copenhagen to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4% below 1990 levels. We should support at least a 40% reduction by 2020 and 95% reduction by 2050, over 1990 levels.

Proposed amendment of the current language:
The climate treaty reached in Paris in December, 2015 is inadequate to address the climate change crisis.
The 195 nations involved pledged to reduce greenhouse gases. The pledges are not mandatory, however. The treaty does not require the phase out of fossil fuels, and it delays higher aid levels for poorer nations until 2025.
We call for legally binding commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2020 and a 95% reduction by 2050 over 1990 levels. We also call for the immediate assumption of responsibility by wealthy nations to financially assist poorer countries struggling with the effects of climate change.


Approval of this proposal will amend the 2016 Draft Platform, which will be approved by the GPUS 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention and published on the GPUS website in or before September, 2016.


Platform Committee
Bruce Hinkforth, co-chair,, 262-569-1370
Budd Dickinson, co-chair,, 650-773-0438
Linda Cree, co-author and Platform Committee contact,
Tim Willard, co-author and Platform Committee contact,

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