France wants Obama Climate Deal to Go Around Congress

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BONN, Germany — France's foreign minister says the global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in a way so that it doesn't require approval by U.S. Congress.

[Reposted from The New York Times  |  The Associated Press  |  June 1, 2015]

Laurent Fabius told a group of African delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn on Monday that "we know the politics in the U.S., whether we like it or not, if it comes to the Congress, they will refuse."

That would exclude an international treaty with legally-binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions — something some countries still insist on but which would have virtually no chance of being ratified by the Republican-controlled Congress.

Fabius will host the climate summit in Paris at the end of the year where the new agreement is supposed to be adopted.


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