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|President Barack Obama called for
nations to set aside old divisions to press forward in the global
fight against climate change.
Developed countries, which wreaked havoc on the climate during the
last century, have the responsibility to lead and will do so “by
investing in renewable energy, promoting greater efficiency, and
slashing our emissions to reach the targets we set for 2020 and our
long-term goal for 2050,” Obama said during the U.N. Climate Change
Summit in New York.
“We cannot meet this challenge unless all the largest emitters of
greenhouse gas pollution act together,” Obama said. “There is no
Industrialized nations also must help put developing nations on a
path of sustainable growth because they don’t have the resources to
combat climate change, yet are seeing its effects in famine and
“Their future is no longer a choice between a growing economy and a
cleaner planet, because their survival depends on both,” Obama said,
saying wealthier countries must provide financial and technical
assistance to help developing nations adapt to the impacts of
climate change and pursue low-carbon development.
“We seek an agreement that will allow all nations to grow and raise
living standards without endangering the planet,” he said. “By
developing and disseminating clean technology and sharing our
know-how, we can help developing nations leap-frog dirty energy
technologies and reduce dangerous emissions.”
The journey to a cleaner planet will be long and hard, he said.
But, the president said, “if we are flexible and pragmatic, if we
can resolve to work tirelessly in common effort, then we will
achieve our common purpose: A world that is safer, cleaner, and
healthier than the one we found; and a future that is worthy of our