Obama pushing for provisional targets in Copenhagen




If nothing else, it’s a start. He’s going to need to keep pushing to continue any momentum that may be started in Copenhagen but looking at the agenda on the home front, this doesn’t sound very likely. Maybe we will all be surprised though.

President Barack Obama is considering setting a provisional target for cutting America’s huge greenhouse gas emissions, removing the greatest single obstacle to a landmark global agreement to fight climate change.

The Observer has learnt that administration officials have been consulting international negotiators and key players on Capitol Hill about signing up to a provisional target at the UN global warming summit in Copenhagen, now less than three weeks away.

Todd Stern, the state department climate change envoy, said the administration recognised that America had to come forward with a target for cutting its emissions. The US, which with China is responsible for 40% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, is the only major developed nation yet to table an offer.


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