US To Specify Target for Emissions Cuts Ahead of Copenhagen"

"The US appears ready to offer emissions-reductions targets at global climate talks next month that approximate levels in the energy and climate bill working its way through the US Senate.

Among other goals, the legislation aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions across the US economy by 3 percent below 2005 levels by 2012, 20 percent by 2020, 42 percent by 2030, and 83 percent by 2050.

'We don’t want to get out ahead or be at odds with what can be produced with legislation,' said a senior administration official Monday. 'So whatever number we put on the table will be with reference to what we think can come out of the legislative process.'"

Peter N. Spotts reports for the Christian Science Monitor November 23, 2009.

See Also:

"U.S. to Set Emissions Target Before Climate Talks" (New York Times)

"U.S. To Bring Emissions Cut Target To Copenhagen Talks" (Reuters)

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 11/24/2009