US Policy Change on Global Warming Significant: AI Gore

Days ahead of US president’s trip to the global climate summit in Copenhagen, Nobel Peace Prize winner AI Gore has said that Barack Obama is leading a “significant” change in US policy towards global warming.

According to White House, Obama, on December 9, in Copenhagen, will offer to cut US emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, which is the first American plan of cutting emissions.

Gore, winner of Nobel for Peace in 2007 for work on climate change, said that it is an important step that Obama would attend the Copenhagen talks.

“This action is another example of the significant change in policy on the climate crisis,” said Gore on Wednesday.

“Those who feared that the United States had abdicated its global responsibility should take hope from these actions and work towards completing a strong operational agreement next month in Copenhagen and guidelines for negotiators to complete their work next year on a comprehensive treaty,” he said.

Gore, who was US vice president to Democrat Bill Clinton from January 1993 to January 2001, said that he hoped the US Senate would support Obama “and move quickly to pass climate and energy legislation early next year in order to ensure that the world moves toward speedy solutions for the climate crisis”.

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