Obama Wants To Stay The Course On Climate

12/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Andrew C. Revkin DotEarth

President-elect Barack Obama sent a video message to a summit meeting on global warming organized by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, implying that despite the continuing economic turmoil, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will remain a central component of Mr. Obama's energy, environmental and economic policies.

Many climate scientists would undoubtedly suggest some tweaks in the language in the statement -- the line about "stopping climate change," for instance. Keep in mind that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year concluded that a freeze on global emissions now wouldn't have a measurable impact on warming rates for several decades. But the overall tenor of the message was clearly that the need to curb heat-trapping gases will not be a come-and-go issue in this administration.

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