US: a long way to go on climate change

Since former President Bush refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the US has attracted much criticism for its stance on climate change. This looked likely to change with the advent of the new administration.

President Obama has repeatedly said America will lead the fight against climate change and has proposed cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels by 2050, matching UK and EU commitments.

However, President Obama’s medium-term target of returning to 1990 emission levels by 2020 appears under-ambitious. Critics are questioning the US’s new-found commitment.

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