As we’ve been writing on the Carbonfund.org blog, there’s a growing view that action, and strong action, need to be taken on climate change- perhaps the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Although countries remain split on how best to arrive at an international agreement on climate change at the upcoming COP15/Copenhagen climate talks, upcoming events such as the UN General Assembly meeting this week give diplomats and national leaders the chance to iron out differences. Jim Tankersley of the Los Angeles Times writes that President Obama and the Administration are expected to refocus on climate change. This could mean, for example, balancing the current healthcare discussions in Congress, with discussions on climate change. Among the challenges are time, given that the climate talks are slated for December. Tankersley notes,
If the US Senate fails to pass a climate bill before Copenhagen, ‘it would open the United States to the charge that it does not take its international commitments seriously, and that these commitments will always take second place to domestic politics,’ Ambassador John Bruton, head of the European Commission Delegation to the United States, warned last week.
Obama is expected to give a speech at the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow addressing, among other topics, climate change. Separately, Reuters reported that the President will stress at the COP15 climate talks that climate change is a shared problem and every nation must respond, according to US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice.