UN Climate Chief Praises Obama, Calls for New Global Warming Agreement


The U.N. climate chief is praising President Barack Obama for his pledge to address global warming issues, according to the Associated Press. Yvo de Boer is hailing Obama’s approach as "a night-to-day change" from that of the Bush administration, and expressed hope on Friday that this policy shift would boost chances for a new international agreement on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.

"Now we see the United States coming back to the international negotiations," de Boer said in Tokyo while negotiating a possible new global warming initiative. "I believe that a Sino-American way forward on trade, on technology, and on climate change could be a major contribution and impulse to the broader negotiating process."

Under George W. Bush’s leadership, the U.S. refused to sign the last international treaty on global warming, citing potential harm to the U.S. economy as well as a lack of participation from developing nations in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

According to the Associated Press:

“De Boer says that position put the U.S. and China at odds, with each side refusing to take action without the other taking a step. He says the United States is now coming back to the international negotiations, and points to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's Asian tour next week as having "incredible importance" for global efforts on climate change.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to embark on an Asian tour next week, which de Boer says will have "incredible importance" for global efforts on climate change.



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