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September 24, 2009

In the News: The Wall Street Journal Washington Wire Blog - Rep. Sensenbrenner Scoffs at Hu’s U.N. Speech

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Rep. Sensenbrenner Scoffs at Hu’s U.N. Speech
Stephen Power reports on the latest in climate diplomacy.
 
Chinese President Hu Jintao’s speech to the United Nations on climate change barely ended when politicians began sparring over its significance.
 
The top Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, derided Hu’s speech as “no real announcement at all.”
 
“There is only one thing China, India and other nations can say that will have a significant impact on the upcoming U.N. climate change talks in Copenhagen, and that is: ‘We will join developed countries in legally binding emission cuts,’” the Wisconsin lawmaker said. “Anything short of that commitment is just window dressing. While China’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases should be encouraged and commended, let’s not fool ourselves into believing today’s announcement comes close to addressing the real issues that need to be confronted during December’s climate talks.”
 
A very different view comes from Yvo de Boer, executive secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. De Boer is heading to Copenhagen in December to try to forge a global treaty limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
 
He said in a interview with Washington Wire that a 2007 climate-change pact, including the U.S., “makes a clear distinction between what rich nations and developing nations are supposed to do. … What Rep. Sensenbrenner is saying is tantamount to rewriting that agreement. Changing the rules of the game three months before Copenhagen makes life very, very complicated.”
 
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