17 Dec 2009 11:12:03
Obama prepares for Copenhagen finale
US president Barack Obama is expected to land in Copenhagen tomorrow (December 18th) to attend the finale of the UN climate change summit.
Mr Obama will fly overnight tonight (December 17th) and will join other world leaders, including the likes of prime minister Gordon Brown, to ensure negotiators reach a fair and strong climate deal.
Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress, told the AFP: "For eight years, we had an administration run by people who not only didn't want an agreement but they actively worked to undermine the international negotiating process."
He added: "President Obama is clearly committed to making a global climate deal happen."
The president initially intended to visit the Danish capital at the beginning of the two week-conference, however, mounting pressure on him to help secure a deal caused a change in plan.
Currently, the US government is committed to reducing American carbon emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.
According to reports, the president will not be expected by world leaders to reduce this target, which is already well below commitments made by Europe and Japan, any further.http://tinyurl.com/ydqu69t