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'Obama's emission policy to motivate India and China'

 The Obama administration's new ambitious carbon emission standard has put US in a strong position with the G7 countries and it would motivate countries like China and India to do similar bold actions, the White House has said. "What the United States, through the Climate Action Plan, demonstrating the means by which we are going to reduce our emissions, it put us in a strong position together with G7 countries to work with nations like China and India and others who have to similarly take bold action and articulate how they are going to reach their emissions reduction target as well, the Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes said yesterday. Rhodes was talking to White House reporters travelling with US President, Barack Obama in France.


On Monday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced to cut carbon emission from existing power plants, which is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the US, by 30 per cent by the year 2030. It also announced to cut by 2030 particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit. The US described this as its leadership role in the world. "The US is setting a responsible example. We will need leaders and people around the world to do the same," the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, wrote in an op-ed in Financial Times this week. Rhodes said a number of world leaders present at G-7 meeting in Europe this week welcomed the US step in this regard. "A number of the leaders made a point of welcoming the President's new effort on climate change.


We think that it will help, because it gives concrete meaning to the commitments we made at Copenhagen about how we are going to reach our emissions reduction target," he said. "So we do feel there is some momentum on the climate change issue, given again our clear roadmap for reducing our emissions. And there is more work to be done for sure, both domestically and with other international partners," he said. "The key principle here is that every nation has got to step up to the plate in its own way. And, again, if the G7 can lead, we will be better able to bring China and India with us," Rhodes said.


 Times of India, Delhi, 6th June 2014