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Carlgren: Washington Climate Change

Published onsdag 18 mars 2009 kl 12.33
Andreas Carlgren

Speaking from Washington, Sweden’s minister for the environment, Andreas Carlgren said he was encouraged by the new stance taken by the United States on climate change.

Carlgren is in Washington as part of a top EU environment delegation to work with the United States towards reaching a new global treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen in December.

Carlgren, along with the Czech Republic’s vice prime minister and environment minister and the EU’s environment commissioner met key members of the Obama administration during a two day visit. At a press conference on Tuesday, Carlgren said that the United States appears ready to work with them on cutting emissions.

”To come to Washington in these days is to really experience climate change,” Carlgren told the International Herald Tribune.

”There is a completely different mental climate here today. The more the United States can deliver before Copenhagen, the more credibility the United States will have,” Carlgren said.

The delegation from the EU said that it was vital that the United States showed leadership on climate change if developing countries were to fall into line on a new agreement.

Sweden will take over the presidency of the EU in the second half of this year and has a leading role to play in the Copenhagen negotiations.

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