Highlight of the Week: Obama to Copenhagen as Momentum Builds
indication of the administration's commitment to climate action as well
as a portent of significant international and domestic agreements in the months ahead.
both chambers of Congress and demonstrates a significant contribution
to a problem that the U.S. has neglected for too long," the White House
said in a press release. "[President Obama is] working closely with
Congress to pass energy and climate legislation as soon as possible."
President Obama is willing to consider a U.S. emissions reduction
target in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels in 2020, in keeping
with the administration's broader goal of reducing emissions 83 percent
Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. "[The visit signals] the will of
the president to contribute to an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen."
Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce
Secretary Gary Locke, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.