Leaks in the production and delivery of natural gas threaten to undermine the benefits to the climate from expanded use of the fuel in manufacturing, transportation and appliances such as heaters, according to a report.
President Barack Obama , who meets with lawmakers at the White House this week to discuss energy legislation, may have to abandon a pollution-reduction program for the whole U.S. economy and push instead for new laws that target the electricity-producing companies.
A single, legally binding global climate treaty is impossible to craft and the United Nations should give up trying, focusing instead on measures to reduce global warming, former U.S. climate negotiators said.
Venezuela and Bolivia, threatening to derail United Nations global warming talks, led a group of Latin American nations saying that any agreement had to include fresh commitments from rich nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Senate Republicans failed to block the Obama administration from using existing law to regulate greenhouse gases, although they won enough votes to damage Democratic hopes of passing a bigger pollution-reduction plan this year.
United Nations envoys today attempted to revive progress at stalled climate negotiations, issuing a draft of the meeting’s possible conclusion aimed at bridging differences between rich and poor nations