New York: The United States said today it
opposed a climate deal that does not bring aboard both wealthy
and developing countries as feuding over nations` commitments
dominated UN-led talks in Bangkok.
Todd Stern, the chief US climate envoy, said it was
time to lay to rest the concept of a "firewall" between
wealthy and developing countries that dates from the early
1990s -- before the rapid economic growth of China.
continue to be fixated on preserving the firewall between
developed and developing countries," Stern told a conference
in New York, in a likely reference to China.
"We see this as both unjustified and incompatible with
solving the problem," he told the Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Summit. "We are not going to be part of a new agreement with a
fixed, bright-line, 1992-vintage firewall."
The Kyoto Protocol required only wealthy nations to
cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming, leading the
United States to reject the landmark treaty.
The treaty`s obligations run out at the end of next
year and the European Union has led calls for a new round of
Kyoto pledges as a stop-gap measure.
Japan and Russia have led opposition to a new Kyoto
round as the treaty does not involve China and the United
States, the two largest emitters. China and other major
developing countries would welcome an extension to Kyoto.
But Stern insisted that China should be part of any
future deal, saying it has surpassed France in emissions even
on a per capita level.