During the “Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate” mini-summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday 4/27/2009 President Obama took time to meet with Germany’s environment minister Sigmar Gabriel for a individual discussion at the White House.
Sigmar Gabriel said that a lot had changed since the Bush administration and was pleased the US now wants to take an active role in climate protection.
But he also stated that by measuring what Europeans believe needs to be done to fight climate change, the US proposals that have been recently announced don’t go far enough.
The ambitious US project, the so-called “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009,” only foresees a reduction of 6 percent to 7 percent and will cut carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases back to levels of 1990. The European Union has pledge to cut emissions 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. “Europe still has its leadership role, but we would happily share it with the Americans.” Sigmar Gabriel said.
The two day meeting was one of several planned meetings to pave the way for the international conference in Copenhagen in December.
© Flavia Westerwelle