Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Obama energy chief lays out wish list for final Paris deal

Carbon reduction verification methods and a process for updating and renewing climate goals top the American wish list for a final deal before the Paris climate conference ends this week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday. Speaking to reporters in Paris, Moniz said that the United States wants a final climate deal to include mechanisms to verify how well countries are progressing on their carbon emission goals, as well as a way to renew those commitments in the future. “We are looking for verifiable approaches for accounting for progress. We’ve been very clear that we would like to see a regular review period,” he said. He also promoted energy sector technological innovation as a key priority for a final deal, something he will focus on during his trip to Paris this week for the closing days of the climate conference. United Nations negotiators released a draft deal over the weekend for reducing worldwide carbon emissions. They hope to finalize a deal around the end of the conference on Dec. 11...more

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