10 Dec 2007 03:12:49
US rejects 'commitment' to 2020 emission targets
The US has refused to commit to exact figures for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, despite warnings from other nations that cuts of between 25 and 40 per cent may be necessary by 2020.
A draft text prepared by Australia, Indonesia and South Africa at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali has called for country's to agree to exact targets for emission reductions, Reuters reported.
However, US representatives at the meeting have claimed the figures presented in the report are open to question, and that the Bali talks should not conclude with an exact commitment to cutting carbon.
The US refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, binding countries to reducing emissions by five per cent of 1990 levels before 2020, and US negotiator Harlan Watson said: "Our opinion about Kyoto has not changed."
"We don't want to start out with numbers," he added, claiming that the range of 25 to 40 per cent was based on just a few studies.
However, last week the Independent reported that a US Senate committee approved a motion calling for the country to reduce its carbon emissions by about 70 per cent before 2050.