Elisabeth Rosenthal reported in today’s New York Times that, “With less than three weeks remaining before negotiators gather in Copenhagen to hammer out a global response to climate change, a rapid-fire succession of countries are unveiling national plans that serve as opening bids for reining in heat-trapping emissions.
“‘The list of what is on the table is rather long,’ said Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the sponsor of the meeting, which runs from Dec. 7 to 18 in Copenhagen.
“But, speaking at the United Nations headquarters on Thursday, he seized on the latest pledges to take aim at the United States, which has not yet played its hand.
“‘We now have offers of targets from all industrialized countries except the United States,’ Mr. de Boer said. He emphasized that he was looking to the United States for ‘a numerical midterm target and commitment to financial support.’”