Obama to Outlines Emissions Cut Target

Good news of a sort:

The US will announce a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions before next month’s UN climate summit, according to a White House official.

The target is expected to be in line with figures contained in legislation before the Senate – a reduction of about 17-20% from 2005 levels by 2020.

This is a reminder of two sobering realities about climate change. One is that this kind of target is, by most accounts, pretty grossly inadequate. The other is that by all accounts it will be extremely difficult to get the United States Senate to agree to even doing this much.