After months of speculation as to whether he would or would not go, the White House announced today that President Obama will be attending the Copenhagen climate talks.
During his time there on December 9, he will also be announcing a U.S. emissions reduction goal "in the range of 17% below 2005 levels in 2020 and ultimately in line with final U.S. energy and climate legislation." This range is consistent with the targets being debated in the U.S. Congress.
We are happy to see that the Obama administration is on the same page as Congress. This bodes well for U.S. leadership in 2010.
Earlier today, EDF's Managing Director of International Policy and Negotiations Jennifer Haverkamp had this to say:
President Obama's decision to attend climate talks in Copenhagen is good news for the planet, and a great Thanksgiving gift for America. President Obama's personal involvement in this historic event shows the U.S. is serious about protecting the climate and creating a clean energy future for the world. With the President attending, the odds of Copenhagen producing real progress leading to a final, effective agreement in the coming months just shot up. This strong support for international efforts to fight climate change, along with efforts to pass clean energy legislation at home, will ensure America's place as a global leader in the 21st century clean energy economy.