Rep. Ruben Gallego released the following statement after delegates to the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference announced a final agreement to limit carbon pollution:
"The agreement reached during the Paris Climate Summit is an important first step to addressing a worsening climate crisis. The historic plan will reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in favor of cleaner, more sustainable energy sources.
"But we must ensure that the consensus reached in Paris is the floor, and not the ceiling of our ambition. As we implement this agreement, it remains important for the United States to lead the way to a new clean energy economy.
"We must fully commit to taking strong steps that will put us on a safer path for future generations. We must take charge to develop new technologies that will boost our economy and make it possible to meet our obligations under this pact.
"I thank President Obama and Secretary Kerry for their leadership during the negotiations on this critical issue. Thanks to this agreement, our children and our grandchildren will inherit a cleaner planet and a healthier environment. "