Sunday, March 1, 2009

Obama raises hopes for climate change agreement

Signals from the Obama administration are raising hopes for a climate change pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

President Barack Obama is reversing the course of the Bush administration and is eager to tackle the issue.

“The No. 1 thing will be for everyone to see that the U.S. is on an urgent and transformational path to a low carbon economy — that would have a galvanizing effect,” John Ashton, the British foreign secretary’s special representative for climate change, told the New York Times.

"In Kyoto we made a lot of promises to each other, but we hadn’t done the domestic politics, and that is why Kyoto — though a valuable step forward — has ultimately been so fragile.”

President Barack Obama says the recovery plan will, in part, focus on clean renewable energy and fund research into breakthroughs in energy and save our planet from climate change. (Feb. 24)

Obama’s Backing Raises Hopes for Climate Pact

New York Times - ‎17 hours ago‎
But within weeks of taking office, President Obama has radically shifted the global equation, placing the United States at the forefront of the ...
Obama raises hopes on climate treaty MarketWatch (press release)

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