The United States will take part, after all, in next month’s United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen. President Obama will attend the meeting, if only for a day, to do his part for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the White House also announced its provisional plans to significantly reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 and beyond. —KA
The Christian Science Monitor:
Whatever Obama’s itinerary, the provisional targets released Wednesday represent a lubricant to the talks. According to a White House statement, the US will offer to reduce US greenhouse-gas emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, 30 percent by 2025, and 42 percent by 2040, en route to 83 percent reductions by 2050.
These provisional targets are “in line with current legislation in both chambers of Congress and demonstrates a significant contribution to a problem that the US has neglected for too long,” according to the statement.