Obama Should Lead World in New Direction at Copenhagen Climate Talks

December 1, 2009

Obama Should Lead World in New Direction at Copenhagen Climate Talks

Sensenbrenner: “President Obama already has signaled commitments that can’t be met with current technology”

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: 

“I’m pleased that President Obama will join other world leaders in Copenhagen. Since his appearance is early in the conference, he’ll have the opportunity to influence the direction of these talks, but that won’t happen unless the President changes his own direction.
 
“The President has signaled he will commit to a 17 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions, but without further development of advanced energy technology, this Olympic-sized goal will not be reachable. Nor has China, the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitter, made a similar commitment to cut its own emissions. China’s proposal to decrease its carbon dioxide intensity is ultimately a pledge to do nothing at all and would allow its emissions to continue to grow. President Obama should use his influence to lead these talks in a direction that emphasizes technological developments and other realistic solutions that put all nations on the winner’s podium.”
 
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