UK's Blair nudges Bush Administration to back carbon deal next month

Fri, 2007-05-25 10:06Bill Miller
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UK's Blair nudges Bush Administration to back carbon deal next month

British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed hope the U.S. will sign on “at least at the beginning” of G8 efforts to adopt binding limits on carbon emissions.

His comments came after the G8 countries, plus China, India, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa, have been holding talks on emissions. Americans are in this G8 plus 5 process for the first time, Blair said.

Up to now, the Bush administration has touted voluntary agreements over binding regulation. And only last week a UN-hosted meeting ended with the US indicating it was unlikely to take part in yearend negotiations on a global agreement to cut emissions.

Washington is said to object to the targets to keep the global temperature rise below 2C this century and halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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Pressure continues to grow for European politicians to agree to further reductions of greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030.

The European Union’s 2020 climate and energy package, which is binding legislation, calls for emissions to be cut by 20 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020. In addition, the plan calls for energy efficiency savings of 20 per cent and a 20 per cent increase in renewable energy technologies.

While the European Union seems largely on track to meet those targets, later this month...

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