World Leaders Should Use Copenhagen Talks to Draft Realistic Climate Treaty

November 30, 2009

World Leaders Should Use Copenhagen Talks to Draft Realistic Climate Treaty

Sensenbrenner: “President Obama, world leaders should focus on technology, not unrealistic greenhouse gas cuts”

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, issued the following statement on upcoming United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark that begin December 7:

“Earlier this month, President Obama and other world leaders agreed that a comprehensive climate treaty won’t be reached during upcoming Copenhagen climate talks.
 
“This is good news, not because world leaders shouldn’t be working towards an agreement, but because a delay gives negotiators time to move beyond the policies of the unsuccessful Kyoto treaty.  Unfortunately, I believe recent negotiations show that the world was heading towards a repeat of this failed treaty, and that was very bad news. The news would be better if world leaders used the Copenhagen talks to work on a new global climate agreement that begins to lay out a treaty that is realistic and fair for all parties.
 
“President Obama and other world leaders should use this time in Copenhagen to focus on crafting a treaty that emphasizes the development and disbursement of technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Setting targets for greenhouse gas cuts that aren’t realistic and can’t be achieved by current technology will only make a meaningful treaty harder to achieve. A treaty that is based on technology will be fair for all parties, not just a few.”
 
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