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Saturday, November 28, 2009
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Obama on His Way—Progress Possible?

By Josh Galperin, Associate Director

We like to be right (and now we should quit while we’re ahead).  Not only will Obama attend Copenhagen, but he’s coming with a provisional U.S. commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions “in the range of” 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.  These are the reductions in the Waxman-Markey bill that narrowly passed the House in June.  In the absence of a new U.S. climate law, this is probably the best bargaining position Obama could bring to the Copenhagen table.  It makes progress possible, but an ultimate deal on a binding treaty is still probably one more meeting away. 

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