US Propose Carbon Reduction Targets

As promised a few days ago, US President Barack Obama has revealed the country's carbon reduction target, and announced he would be joining the other 75 world leaders already scheduled to attend the UN climate summit in Copenhagen this month.

The United States aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, which is coherent with the legislation passed by the US House of Representatives, but which is less ambitious than the 20% reduction originally sought.

Any treaty that results from the Copenhagen summit will have to be ratified by the Senate, so US representatives are eager for support from lawmakers.

America is the last major developed country to adhere to a carbon reduction target, which is a  UN initiative to slow down the rise of global temperatures in an attempt to prevent consequences brought on by a climate disturbance - floods, heat waves, desert expansion and rising of sea levels.

Michael Froman, a deputy national security and climate adviser for President Obama, notes: "The president going to Copenhagen will give positive momentum to the negotiations, and we think will enhance the prospects for success".

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen agrees and says that "the strong commitment of the American president to the climate change issue is very valuable."

However, the President of 'Friends of the Earth', Eric Pica, expressed concern: "The President needs to do more than just show up; he must ensure that the United States promotes real solutions, including stronger emissions reduction targets and funding for developing countries to deal with climate impacts".

According to White House officials, after 2020, the USA will also propose emissions reduction of 18% by 2025 and 32% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.


 

Tuesday 1st December 2009


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