Obama To Tout U.S. Action On Climate At U.N. Summit

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration plans to emphasize strongly its climate change efforts at next week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, officials said this week.


“We are taking this summit seriously both to show the world that the U.S. is leading on climate change, and to call on other leaders to step up to the plate,” John Podesta, who serves as a counselor to President Barack Obama, said Thursday in a call with reporters. “Expect to hear about tremendous progress that the U.S. has made under the Climate Action Plan,” he said, referring to the steps Obama laid out last year to cut domestic emissions.


Obama will address the U.N.’s General Assembly session on climate change on Tuesday. Podesta said the president will announce additional actions the administration is taking on climate change and “use the speech to call on other leaders to keep their ambitions high.”


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