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US – “worst polluter” deadlocks “Bali” climate change talks

US- the world’s worst polluter not willing to abide the UN proposed 25-40% cut from the developed world by 2020.

Mr Gore, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year for his work on climate change, was clear in his denunciation of President Bush’s attitude.

“I am not an official and I am not bound by diplomatic niceties. So I am going to speak an inconvenient truth: my own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali,” he said, to the applause of delegates.

  • As the UN talks entered their final hours, the European Union threatened to boycott a US-led climate meeting next month unless Washington agrees to a deal mentioning numerical targets for deep reductions in global warming gases.
  • The EU proposed a draft document suggesting that industrialised nations consider cutting emissions by 25 to 40 per cent by 2020.

The United States, Japan, Russia and several other governments refused to accept any specific targets arguing that they would limit the scope of future talks.

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