The presidential transition from George W. Bush to Barack Obama and the faltering economy should not be an excuse for world leaders to stall action on climate change, environmentalists say.
The Pew Environment Group and others are calling on world leaders to collaborate at international climate talks in Poznan, Poland, this month to create a solid outline for the Copenhagen meeting next December.
The plan, which would replace the Kyoto Protocol, is expected to slash carbon emissions worldwide. But there are concerns that some countries will be hesitant to move forward amid international economic woes and the uncertainty of the presidential transition.
“President-elect Obama has pledged to sign mandatory climate limits into law and has promised to reengage constructively in these negotiations,” said Pew Environment Group’s global warming campaign director Angela Anderson. “World leaders cannot use the U.S. presidential transition as an excuse to do nothing.”