US rejects any legal emissions cuts

December 5th, 2011 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Durban, Dec 5 (IANS) The US, the second largest emitter in the world, Monday rejected a legally binding emissions cut, saying it would not like to commit to anything when other emerging economies like India and China are not.

Todd Stern, US special envoy for climate change, called China’s proposal for conditional legal emissions cuts as confusing, as a legally binding agreement should be “non-conditional”.

“We are quite open to talking about what a legally binding agreement would be, but not accepting it when major developing countries are not committed to take it,” Stern told reporters here.

He said that the US would not go ahead with any legally binding agreement when it does not know which countries are going to be in and in which way.

China Monday proposed to take legally binding emission cuts post 2020 with five pre-conditions, including review of measures taken by the developed countries committed to do so under the Kyoto Protocol.

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