NY Times: The allies are battling over the question of targets and time frames
The European Union says these talks must produce a strong plan with firm deadlines so the world’s leaders can be held accountable for their actions. The United States opposes targets and deadlines, saying it would rather finance specific projects than support goals that might ultimately prove meaningless….
The United States has been repeatedly, and sharply, criticized for refusing to commit to concrete obligations….
“You can’t say that the Europeans are dashing around reducing emissions furiously,” said Gordon Shepherd, the director of international policy at the World Wildlife Fund. “But they have acknowledged that they have to. They’ve sent a message that things must change.”

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