de Brún visits Washington DC in advance of Copenhagen Climate Change Summit
Sinn Féin's Bairbre de Brun MEP has joined other MEPs as part of a European Parliament delegation who are visiting Washington DC this week (Mon-Thurs) ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Change summitPrior to departure, Ms de Brún said:"All eyes are on how the US will act in this years crucial UN climate talks in Copenhagen. The US has been conspicuously absent from previous international climate agreements and this in turn has had an effect on what emerging economies like China and India are willing to promise.
"Now the Obama administration is re-engaging seriously in climate negotiations and promising domestic US action also.
"The question remains what legislation Congress can or will pass ahead of the December Copenhagen deadline.
"The MEPs from the from the Environment Committee and Industry Committee are meeting with representatives of the US Administration from the State Department and those dealing with Clean Energy and Climate and with Congressmen, Senators and other stakeholders, such as the big environmental think tanks.
"The delegation has discussed similarities between the EU Energy and Climate package of legislation and the draft American Clean Energy and Security Act 2009 as well as legislation currently under discussion in the Senate."For the first time a pathway is being set out to move the US towards a low carbon economy but a number of steps still need to be taken to make this a reality. The cross-party European Parliament delegation of MEPs from the Environment and Industry committees is keen to discuss these steps in advance of the Copenhagen Climate Change summit in December."