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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 11:26 AM

Obama Plans for Climate Deal as Fiscal Cliff Talks Rage

Source: Bloomberg

As leaders in Washington obsess about the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring the first fossil- fuel emissions cuts from both the U.S. and China.

State Department envoy Todd Stern is in Doha this week working to clear the path for an international agreement by 2015. While Obama failed to deliver on his promise to start a cap-and-trade program in his first term, he’s working on policies that may help cut greenhouse gases 17 percent by 2020 in the U.S., historically the world’s biggest polluter.

“We are making good progress, and I think we are on track,” Stern told reporters today in Doha when asked if the U.S. can meet its goal even if Congress doesn’t pass climate legislation this decade.

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“The president is laying the foundations for real action on climate change,” Jake Schmidt, who follows international climate policy for the Washington-based Natural Resources Defense Council, said in an interview in Doha. “Whether or not he decides to jump feet first into the international arena, we’ll see.”

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-12-02/obama-plans-for-climate-deal-as-fiscal-cliff-negotiations-rage

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:17 PM

1. It would be nice if he dedicated his SOU address to climate change

That would force the issue.

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:07 PM

2. Yes

 

the financial matters will take care of itself come January 1st. Keep on squeezing the pigs.

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Response to 1ProudAtheist (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:57 PM

4. I like your style

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:07 PM

3. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:03 AM

5. K&R. Yes please!

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