U.S. climate envoy calls for countries to make pledges
By Juliet Eilperin
U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern called on the nations of the world Thursday to identify how they would cut their greenhouse gas emissions by Jan. 31, the deadline for registering climate pledges under the new Copenhagen Accord.
Speaking at a United Nations-sponsored conference of investors, Stern noted that the fact that a small handful of countries blocked formal approval of the agreement means individual nations need to act soon to ensure it carries real weight.
"The important thing right now is to get it up and running," Stern said. "We now need to have countries step forward and say, 'I want to be part of it.'"
The U.S. has said it would reduce carbon emissions in the range of 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, and it plans to enshrine that pledge by month's end.
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Juliet Eilperin| January 14, 2010; 6:17 PM ET Save & Share:
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