Updated at 1:55 p.m. on Sept. 30.
The U.N. climate change summit last week in New York served as a precursor for the upcoming December talks. After his speech, President Obama was criticized for being long on rhetoric and short on details, while leaders from China and Japan won praise for offering specific goals on emission reductions. Consensus is also growing around the idea that countries may adopt their own domestic climate change policies in lieu of an international agreement.
How successful were the gathered leaders -- particularly our own -- in laying down a foundation for Copenhagen? What role should the U.S. play in the upcoming talks? Will Congress need to pass an energy bill by then? Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and White House science czar John Holdren are optimistic. But if Congress remains in the thrall of health care reform, passing a bill may not happen within the next three months. Will it be detrimental to the administration if it goes to the U.N. talks without a bill in hand? What responsibility do you think the U.S. has to work in coordination with other countries, especially China and India?
Will Senate Bill Build Momentum?
Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and John Kerry, D-Mass., are unveiling a bill in the Senate today that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, a steeper cut than the 17 percent specified in the bill the House passed this year. Do you think the Senate bill will provide the momentum some say the U.S. needs for Copenhagen, whether it passes or not? Does it do enough to address the international aspects of climate change? Click here for the draft version of the bill that was circulating Tuesday.
In other energy news, climate change is slated to be high on the agenda for President Obama's trip to China in November. What type of cooperation do you think these two countries need in order to combat global climate change effectively? How should the U.S. proceed in developing renewable energies in order to quell concerns that China will far surpass the U.S. in this industry?