09 Dec 2009 08:12:05
US injects momentum into Copenhagen talks
The US, one of world's biggest polluters, has helped the Copenhagen climate change summit get off to a positive start.
America's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that greenhouse gas emissions can jeopardise human health.
The declaration will automatically give president Barack Obama the power to impose regulations on carbon emissions throughout the country, with or without the backing of Congress.
Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator, said: "These long-overdue findings cement 2009's place in history as the year when the US government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform.
"Business leaders, security experts, government officials, concerned citizens and the US Supreme Court have called for enduring, pragmatic solutions to reduce the greenhouse gas pollution that is causing climate change."
Mr Obama is set to attend the crucial talks in the Danish capital himself next week and is reportedly planning to make clean energy sources a major priority in order to reduce America's carbon emissions.
Currently, the US government is committed to reducing the country's CO2 emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2050.http://tinyurl.com/yjbqhpv