US will take lead in climate change fight, says Obama

US will take lead in climate change fight, says Obama

“While we don’t expect to solve this problem in one meting, or one summit, I believe we’ve made some important strides forward,” he told reporters after the end of the G-8+5 Summit here.

Historic consensus

“We agreed that the developed nations have a responsibility to take a lead,” on climate change, said Obama, describing it as a “historic consensus”.

Obama said the US, which has a “much larger carbon footprint per capita”, will also play its part.

“The United States has sometimes fallen short of meeting our responsibilities. Let me be clear, those days are over,” he said.

At the same time, Obama  asked the emerging economies, which that rejected specific clean-energy goals, to adopt them soon.”

There is no contradiction between environmentally sustainable growth and robust economic growth,” the US President said adding, “We can either shape our future or we can let events shape it for us.”

Major victory

In a major victory for outreach countries like India, the summit agreed on a consensus document on climate change without fixing any goals for emerging economies for halving emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.

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