Has the Calculus on Climate Talks Changed?

Has the Calculus on Climate Talks Changed?

NATIONAL JOURNAL 09/16/14
By Ben Geman and Clare Foran

WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING

HAS THE CALCULUS ON CLIMATE TALKS CHANGED? Is there reason to believe that next year’s U.N. climate negotiations in Paris will succeed where past negotiations have failed? If so, why? Read the question here.

“The calculus has changed, [but irrespective of that] the United States Senate has the opportunity to discuss one of the most important levers the U.S. government can pull to cool the planet and make our air healthier to breathe. […] The answer is super-pollutants. More harmful than carbon dioxide, super-pollutants are responsible for 40 percent of the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.”—Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs, Friends Committee on National Legislation