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August 20, 2014

US Already Planning Post-2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Pledge

According to E&E Greenwire, “the Obama administration has already started crunching numbers to determine how much the U.S. can slash greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.”

“Speaking at the opening of the second week of U.N. climate change negotiations, State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern said the administration wants to see a new global agreement emerge in 2015.”

“Currently, the U.S. has promised to reduce emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by the end of this decade, a target officials say they are hitting in part because of a rise in natural gas and an ailing economy, as well as new Obama administration policies.”

“Yet whether that number will be based on the assumption that Congress will act to cut America’s emissions or on the domestic authority Obama currently is using to rein in power plant emissions is something Stern did not specify.”

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