BASIC nations say three issues non-negotiable at Cancun climate talks (3)

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Ramesh said that he was particularly disappointed with the United States, even though he was glad to see that President Barack Obama had returned the nation to the main stream of international thinking on climate change concerns.

"The United States is the biggest cumulative emitter, responsible for 26 percent of greenhouse gases from 1850 to 2005," he said. "An agreement without the United States makes no sense."

He said the United States had offered an emission cut of 17 percent by 2020 below 2005 levels, or some 4 percent below 1990 levels.

But such an offer will be hard to achieve as Obama's Democratic Party has lost the control of the House of Representatives to the Republicans. Without legislative support, the United States is unlikely to be able to manage a cut of more than 14 percent below 2005 levels, equivalent to being unchanged versus 1990, Ramesh said.

"By any standards that is deeply disappointing," he said. "We expect the United States to better its reduction commitments and fast-track financing," Ramesh added.

Source: Xinhua

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