BONN, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's administration promised to push for a new United Nations climate treaty on Sunday but said Washington had no magic wand and that all countries had to help.
"The United States is going to be powerfully and fully engaged," U.S. special envoy for climate change Todd Stern said at the opening of 175-nation U.N. talks in Bonn, the first since Obama took office in January speaking of a "planet in peril."
"But we are all going to have to do this together, we don't have a magic wand," Stern told a news conference. The March 29-April 8 meeting is working on a U.N. climate deal meant to be agreed in Copenhagen in December 2009.
In a speech, Stern won two rounds of applause, each about 20 seconds long, in stark contrast to the frosty reception given to President George W. Bush's envoys who were often accused of inaction and were even booed at U.N. talks in Bali in 2007.
My confidence is not high that we will be able to do much. The US senate is a very conservative body. The republicans are not the only problem. They know what they are against. They are against clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. They feel corporate profits are more important than you life. But we also have flea infested blue dog democrats led by the vermin infested Evan Bayh. He insists on being part of the problem. He is an ass hole.