At UN summit, Obama promises action on climate
Senate delay may hinder global pact
UNITED NATIONS – President Obama pledged yesterday to take significant action to combat the threat of global warming, warning that the world is running out of time to stop “irreversible catastrophe,’’ but despite his urgent tone Obama was unable to provide a timetable because sweeping climate change legislation is stalled in Washington.
Obama, speaking before 100 world leaders assembled for a climate change summit in New York, alluded to the political difficulties he and advocates are facing to get a bill limiting carbon emissions through the Senate.
“All of us will face doubts and difficulties in our own capitals,’’ he said. “Difficulty is no excuse for inaction.’’
The Obama administration has vowed to reach a sweeping new global climate agreement in December in Copenhagen, but international talks toward such an agreement have sputtered because of inaction by the United States, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases… Read more by Farah Stockman, Boston Globe
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