China's pledge to curb the growth of its carbon dioxide emissions may help rally support in the US Senate for legislation to battle climate change, a US lawmaker said Tuesday.
"That's a very significant and encouraging step," Independent Senator Joe Lieberman said of Chinese President Hu Jintao's offer to reduce emissions growth by a "notable margin" by 2020 from their 2005 levels.
Lieberman said he hoped "it'll make it a little bit easier for us here as we try to pass climate change legislation," by answering critics who reject US action absent similar reductions by developing economies like China or India.
"There's no question there's a certain number of people here who will not take on some of the responsibility that we have to take on to do things to deal with climate change unless China also does," he told reporters. ...
Nations are due to meet in December in Copenhagen to lay the framework for the successor to the landmark Kyoto Protocol, whose obligations on wealthy nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions expire in 2012.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
US senator: China climate move may help pass bill
US senator: China climate move may help pass bill; AFP