Statement: UN Climate Conference - COP 14

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

December 16, 2008

Governments resolved in Poznan to shift into “full negotiating mode” in hopes of delivering a comprehensive new climate change agreement a year from now in Copenhagen.  What we need is a ratifiable treaty with fair, effective, and verifiable commitments for all major economies, and it is critical that Copenhagen bring us as close as possible to that goal.  If Congress moves quickly on mandatory legislation to reduce U.S. emissions, and other countries are open to taking on reasonable commitments, Copenhagen can at a minimum produce a solid framework agreement.  That would be a major step forward, and would put us within striking distance of a ratifiable treaty.     

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