President Obama to Propose Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama is set to propose a target for greenhouse gas emission cuts to present at a climate change summit, an administration official said.

Citing a senior administration official, The New York Times reported Monday Obama will announce a near-term target “in coming days.” The United States will present the proposal at the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen in December, the newspaper said.

The official said the president’s announcement might present a range of possible reductions and not a single number because Congress has yet to decide on climate legislation. Obama is unable to commit the United States to deliver more than Congress will agree to, the official said, but if Washington does not bring a concrete proposal to Copenhagen the United States could be held responsible if there is no international climate agreement, the Times said.

The administration official said Obama is close to a decision on whether he will attend the Copenhagen summit. Obama has said he would consider attending if he thinks that would help lead to an agreement.

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