Earlier today in a speech to the conference, former
He also called for implementing the new global warming treaty two years earlier than planned, in 2010. The current
Stavros Dimas, the European commissioner for the environment, said that the 25-40% cut in emissions for rich countries was an "indispensable" part of a text that must be agreed in Bali tomorrow night if nations are to join together to fight climate change. The
EU officials argue the targets are crucial because the world needs an idea of where it is heading, whereas
UN climate chief Yvo de Boer said he was worried the US-EU impasse could derail the process and that a final "Bali roadmap" would contain an agreement to negotiate a new climate deal by 2009, but may not include specific targets for emission reductions. Dimas said the EU was not threatening to boycott Bush's initiative, announced in September, to bring together the world's big polluters – such as
"What is a roadmap without a destination?" said Dimas. "
Rosa insisted the EU is not "boycotting" the US-led meeting next month in
Haggling over numbers now was counterproductive, said Jim Connaughton, the chairman of the White House council on environmental quality. The