Skip to comments.Obama set to announce US target for cutting emissions at summit
Posted on 11/07/2009 12:37:22 AM PST by bruinbirdman
President Obama is preparing to break the deadlock in negotiations on a global deal on climate change by announcing a target for cutting US greenhouse gas emissions.
The US is the only developed country yet to propose an emissions target. Poorer nations, including most of Africa, are threatening to walk out of a UN summit in Copenhagen next month unless Mr Obama commits to an ambitious reduction.
Mr Obama may wait until the final stages of the negotiations in Copenhagen in order to achieve maximum political impact with his announcement and give other countries little opportunity to demand deeper cuts from the US.
The US delegation at pre-summit talks in Barcelona hinted that Mr Obama was considering offering a range of possible reductions rather than a single number. This would make it easier for the President to persuade Congress to pass legislation making the target legally binding.
During his election campaign, Mr Obama proposed that the US should cut emissions by 14 per cent on 2005 levels. A bill passed by the House of Representatives last summer would cut emissions by 17 per cent.
A second bill, tabled in the Senate by John Kerry, the former Democrat presidential candidate, would cut emissions by 20 per cent.
Jonathan Pershing, the lead US negotiator at the Barcelona talks, gave the clearest indication to date that America would announce a provisional target before the end of the Copenhagen summit.
He said: Developing countries, including the US, need to make robust mid-term reductions from a set base year. Mr Pershing added: In the US we are moving to make a substantial contribution to a robust Copenhagen deal. We are very interested in seeing that deal move forward and we recognise that others are seeking numbers from us. He said Mr Obama could make a
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Might as well commit to 100% reduction, that way they know we are really serious.
Wait for it
Think About it with the reaction of leaders, press, Some think they are being insulted while others say “that is exactly the reason he won the nobel”/sic
Actually....I think the Republican agenda ought to absolutely be 100 percent reduction. We should have every single guy appear on all the Sunday talk shows, and be absolutely serious about 100 percent reduction.
When the journalists ask how we can accomplish this...just say that we are shutting down gas production in the country, terminating our electrical grid and closing every airport in America.
In the game of poker....when you aren’t sure about your card strength...double...and make the other guy start to sweat.
Another target on the back of the American economy.
So now we have African tribal leaders telling the African in the White House what America must do.
Except that we can’t do 100% unless we’re planning on killing all cows and banning certain foods like beans.
Zer0 demostrate his lack of political maturity.
Is he that ignorant to believe that this climate bill
has momentum after the democrat slap down this past week?
Unemployment is over 10%, the health care bill is tanking,
he won’t attend the Berlin Wall commemoration, Afghanistan
is languishing and on it goes.
This man child has no “gravitas”. He is the empty suit.
What the devil does Obama think he is doing?
A 53% reduction is possible without any laws or restrictions involved....the people who voted for Obama can go without their cars, furnaces, electricity and flying commercial. Easy and effective.
Works for me.
What a great line! Gravitas - LOL! Hit em with their own favorite word!
Does 20% unemployment count as ‘greenhouse gas reduction’ at all i wonder?
Gun show today! I’m buying more ammo.
“Except that we cant do 100% unless were planning on killing all cows and banning certain foods like beans.”
And stop breathing, of course.
He is doing the devil’s bidding.
We have to remember that king obuma is one generation removed from wearing a loin cloth and chucking spears at zebras.