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Climate: United States Ready to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions

10 March 2008

Against the backdrop of the presidential campaign, the Bush administration has demonstrated its willingness to take an active role in efforts to combat climate change. Daniel Price, advisor to President George W. Bush, indicated that "the U.S. is prepared to enter into binding international obligations to reduce greenhouse gases as part of a global agreement in which all major economies similarly undertake binding international obligations."

Such an agreement may even be reached on the "sidelines" of the G8 summit to take place in Hokkaido, Japan in July, in the context of the Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change process.
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Although the United States has reversed the stance it first took at the Bali Climate Change Conference in December 2007,
2progress has yet to be made on any emissions targets and reciprocity remains its sine qua non for any related international agreement.

Contrary to what the European Union (EU) was anticipating at Bali, the U.S. government did not speak out in favor of a 25 to 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries by 2020 and yet again underlined that "industrialized countries have not committed to enough. To be economically viable, such an agreement must be supported by all, including China and India." China and India ratified the Kyoto Protocol
3but for now are not required to comply with limitations on their CO2 emissions.

The stance that the United States has taken, in addition to being of interest for certain strategic considerations, breathes new hope into the prospect of collective and global management of climate change. It likewise allows for an immediate reconsideration of the issue from the perspective of each economic sector and the agricultural sector in particular, seeing as the agricultural sector is most well suited to contributing directly to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


1 The Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change process was initiated by the U.S. President in June 2007 at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. The process aims to facilitate a global climate change agreement via regular meetings of the 16 most polluting countries in the world (United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom).
2 The 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol were held from December 3-15, 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. The Bali Conference was held to prepare the post-Kyoto period.
3 The Kyoto Protocol, adopted in 1997, entered into force in February 2005 and is set to expire in 2012. The Protocol aims to fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The so-called “Annex” signatory countries are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 5.5 percent from 1990 levels, over the 2008-2012 period. The Protocol was ratified by 172 countries, with the significant exception of the United States, the country that emits the most carbon dioxide (5.800 million tons), followed by China (4732 million tons) and the EU (4020 million tons).
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