U.S. Transition Hampers Talks on Climate Change

Publication: New York Times

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal

12/10/2008 - As ministers from 189 countries gather here in the coal mining regions of Poland to hammer out a new climate treaty, progress is being sorely hampered by the transition under way in American politics, delegates and experts here said.

No one expected a team representing President-elect Barack Obama to attend these meetings — he has said there is but one president at a time, and the United States is still represented here by the Bush administration. But the anticipation of his presidency has left this critical meeting in a bit of limbo.


Negotiators may yet be on track to meet that goal. “If the pace picks up we could get an agreement by Copenhagen,” said Angela Anderson, director of the International Global Warming Campaign of the Pew Environment Group.

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