As Climate Talks Kick Off, Countries Begin to Show Their Cards and Work
Towards a Deal, Says WWF
WWF calls on president to make climate change next legislative priority to ensure Senate
passage of critical climate bill in early 2010.
Washington, DC and Copenhagan (Vocus) December 6, 2009 –- As 192 nations convene in Copenhagen today to
negotiate a new global climate deal, the prospects of reaching a successful outcome have never been greater
following major announcements over the past week by the US, China, India and South Africa, said officials from
World Wildlife Fund.
“With news of US emissions reductions and his decision to attend the Copenhagen climate summit, President
Obama kicked off a series of positive announcements from key countries,” said WWF President and CEO Carter
Roberts. “A global agreement is within our grasp now. The final missing ingredient is the President’s public
commitment to make climate change his next legislative priority after healthcare. This is fundamental in
conveying to other countries that the US will live up to its commitments on climate change.”
With midterm elections fast approaching, the President must ensure the Senate takes up climate change
immediately after healthcare to ensure a climate bill passes in early 2010, before the legislative process grinds
down for the elections, Roberts noted.
Two weeks ago, the President announced that he would attend the Copenhagen talks and offered a US
commitment to reduce emissions. His statement was followed by pledges from China and India to reduce their
energy intensity by 40-45 percent and 20-25 percent, respectively, by 2020. South Africa then announced it
would reduce its emissions below projections by 2020 by 34 percent, and pledged to ensure its absolute emissions
peak and plateau would occur between 2020 and 2025 – the first such commitment by a major developing nation.
As with the US numbers, these countries’ commitments are all contingent on a global climate deal.
Nearly 100 world leaders will be attendin