Previewing the Upcoming U.N. Climate Talks
Natural Resources Defense Council International Climate Policy Director Jake Schmidt told reporters on a conference call today that the United States needs to convince other countries that it will take action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in order to be taken seriously at upcoming United Nations climate negotiations.
“Uncertainty raises challenges,” Schmidt said, adding that “not just saying that it will take action, but actually showing that it will take action” is key.
China and other key countries have taken significant actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, leaving the United States, which has consistently failed to pass significant climate legislation, in the dust. In order to build trust at the talks next week in Tianjin, China, and later in Cancun, Mexico, the United States should come prepared to detail what it has done and will do to reduce its emissions, Schmidt said.
But the climate talks in Cancun are not expected to produce a binding climate treaty, though Schmidt said the talks will “lay some important foundations,” including potential agreements on transparency and deforestation.