Kerry praises India, China on climate change commitments

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 22:10

Washington: A top US lawmaker on Tuesday
praised India and China for concrete action and commitments to
tackle the problem of global climate change, saying it is "a
myth" that they have been sitting on the sidelines.

John Kerry, the Chairman of the powerful Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, told US lawmakers that both India
and are not only on board, but also coming to the negotiation
table with concrete action and commitments.

"Last month, Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged to
reduce China’s emissions below projected levels," he said.

"India, for its part, is working on its own domestic
legislation to reduce carbon pollution," Kerry said, adding
"So it is a myth that China and India have been sitting on the
sidelines".

Kerry told the Senate Committee on Environment and
Public Works that "the truth is, they’ve been coming to the
negotiating table with concrete actions and commitments, and
they’re waiting for us to do the same!"

"Today, we have an opportunity to lead the world in
rolling back the urgent threat of climate change,” Kerry said,
adding "Climate change and our dependence on foreign oil are a
threat to our national security".

Kerry told the top Senate panel that "there’s nothing
conservative about remaining indebted to hostile regimes for
our energy".

Kerry asked the Senate to lead in the best American
traditions to find common ground to tackle the global problem
of climate change.

"It’s time for the Senate to lead and – with an eye
toward our best traditions— find common ground to move the
country forward, keep our country safe and strong, and lay the
groundwork for decades of economic growth to come," he argued
on the first day of mark up of comprehensive legislation to
reduce pollution and combat global climate change.

Kerry said countries of the world — including India,
China and the United States — have agreed to limit the global
rise in temperature to two degrees Celsius.

While the Senate stands still, the world is racing
ahead: Japan, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, the EU, and
Australia have committed to significant emissions cuts, he
noted.

The Committee is chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer, who
along with Kerry is the co-author of the Kerry-Boxer Clean
Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 22:10

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