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Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark

 
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Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark
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WASHINGTON – Putting his prestige on the line, President Barack Obama will personally commit the U.S. to a goal of substantially cutting greenhouse gases at next month's Copenhagen climate summit. He will insist America is ready to tackle global warming despite resistance in Congress over higher costs for businesses and homeowners.

Obama will attend the start of the conference Dec. 9, a week from next Wednesday, before heading to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. He will "put on the table" a U.S. commitment to cut emissions by 17 percent over the next decade, on the way to reducing heat-trapping pollution by 80 percent by mid-century, the White House said.

Cutting U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by one-sixth in just a decade would be likely to hike energy bills, but the administration says there would be important health trade-offs.

Carol Browner, Obama's assistant for energy and climate change, cited a $173-per-year estimated cost in a briefing Wednesday — a figure for a family of four calculated by the Congressional Budget Office. Republicans say costs would be higher.

But slashing carbon dioxide emissions could save millions of lives, mostly by reducing preventable deaths from heart and lung diseases, according to studies published this week in The Lancet British medical journal.

The White House said Obama's decision to attend the international conference in Denmark was "a sign of his continuing commitment and leadership to find a global solution to the global threat of climate change."

But Obama's stopover on the conference's second day — instead of later when negotiations will be most intense and when most other national leaders will take part — disappointed some European and U.N. climate officials, as well as some environmentalists.

Others said Obama's personal appeal will resonate with the delegates from more than 75 countries and help reset the U.S. image on the climate issue after eight years in which the Bush administration staunchly opposed mandatory reductions in greenhouse gases.

Yvo de Boer, the United Nations climate chief, said it is important for the United States to establish emissions reduction targets and a financial commitment to helping developing countries address climate change.

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Re: Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark
Maybe they will like him more if he does?


Any recall provision for a lame duck president?
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Re: Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark
Is greenhouse gas the same as glow bull warming and climate change?

So many names so little time.
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Re: Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark
What happened? Did he forget to bow to somebody?
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11/25/2009 07:07 PM
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Re: Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark
They're trying to just sweep climategate under the carpet and carry on as if it never happened.
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Re: Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark
They're trying to just sweep climategate under the carpet and carry on as if it never happened.
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Maybe nobody told them yet?
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Re: Obama to vow greenhouse emissions cuts in Denmark
Is greenhouse gas the same as glow bull warming and climate change?

So many names so little time.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 826819

I seem to remember that CO2 is now designated as a GHG by the EPA

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