WASHINGTON, DC, November 17, 2009 – World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Keya Chatterjee, Acting Director of Climate Change for WWF, in reaction to remarks today by President Obama and President Hu Jintao on prospects for the upcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen:
“We also agreed to work toward a successful outcome in Copenhagen. Our aim there … is not a partial accord or a political declaration, but rather an accord that covers all of the issues in the negotiations... We agreed that each of us would take significant mitigation actions and stand behind these commitments.”
- President Barack Obama,
on outlook for Copenhagen Global Climate Summit following the US-China Summit
“Recently it’s become fashionable to downplay expectations for Copenhagen. But as we heard today, President Obama and President Hu remain optimistic and their statements provide strong evidence that Copenhagen can still deliver all of the key elements of a legally binding agreement.
“Both leaders pledged that their countries will take significant actions to reduce emissions in Copenhagen. They also said that a partial accord or political declaration won’t be enough and are calling for a ‘comprehensive deal.’
“With less than three weeks to go before Copenhagen, it is good news that the two largest emitting countries have announced a shared commitment to success in Copenhagen. A bi-partisan blueprint from the Senate is now the key missing piece. If we can get this strong signal from the Senate, the administration can strike a deal in Copenhagen that captures the offers on the table from other countries and lays a strong foundation for a final global agreement.
“We’re also very pleased that the U.S. and China are going to collaborate on developing clean energy, and we're looking forward to that spirit of collaboration carrying forward to the international climate talks.
“As observers in China can tell you, China recognizes that the solutions to climate change also hold tremendous economic opportunity and by nearly every measure, they are outperforming the United States. To change this dynamic, the U.S. must create the market incentives to jumpstart our own clean energy sector. We need a firm limit on carbon pollution to send the investment signals that will allow the clean energy technology industry to take root and thrive here in the U.S. as it has already in China. ”
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