"WASHINGTON -- An 'empty' U.N. climate deal would be worse than no deal at all, the White House said on Thursday as President Barack Obama prepared to fly to Copenhagen to help secure a global warming agreement." Jeff Mason reports for Reuters Dec. 17, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- The top U.S. climate negotiator today questioned the viability of two new global warming treaty proposals floated in recent hours as a way to end a stalemate here over the next steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions. State Department special climate envoy Todd Stern found fault with a six-page draft offered today by a special U.N.-led working group that had been tasked with hashing out details on a new long-term agreement." Darren Samuelsohn reports for Greenwire December 11, 2009.
"A blueprint unveiled by a trio of senators Thursday aimed at building consensus for a bill to slash greenhouse gases in the United States ended up dividing the environmental community. While some green groups hailed the outline as a bipartisan effort to move the bill forward, others criticized its proposed expansion of nuclear power, offshore oil and gas drilling, and investments in technology to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from coal." Dina Cappiello posts on the AP Climate Pool Dec. 10, 2009.
"WASHINGTON -- U.S. senators outlined a compromise climate bill on Thursday that emphasizes energy independence, a move that could strengthen President Barack Obama's position at U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen next week. The compromise between Senators John Kerry, a Democrat, Joseph Lieberman, an independent, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican, seeks to speed up the legislation, by casting it as a jobs and energy-independence bill." Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner report for Reuters Dec. 11, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson insisted today that her agency was not rushing to release its endangerment finding on global warming on the day that international negotiations started on a new climate treaty." Darren Samuelsohn reports for Greenwire Dec. 9, 2009.