Is Obama getting any closer to setting emissions reduction targets?



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    Obama’s recent decision to change the time he will be attending the international environmental conference in Denmark may signal an increased willingness to move forward on emissions reductions.

    News reports are the Obama intends to commit to a 17% decrease in US emissions relative to 2005 levels. However, UN officials have said the cuts proposed are not sufficient to prevent the harms which global warming threatens.

    Currently, the only mechanism being offered by the US to reduce emissions is the Waxman-Markey bill which is still working its way through congress with the support of the Obama administration

    It appears the adminstration has set emission targets. The question is if those targets are appropriate and it can be implemented effectively


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