President Barack Obama is pledging a target for the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. This is the first time in 10 years an American administration has offered even tentative promises to reduce climate-altering gases. Obama plans to tell the Copenhagen delegates the US intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions “in the range of” 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% by 2050, officials said, reflecting the targets specified by legislation that passed the House in June, but is stalled in the Senate. Obama will travel to the conference to deliver this message on 9 December on his way to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo the following day. For more, read the New York Times
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