China to aim for peak in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, US to aim to cut GHGs by a quarter by 2025 in #paris2015 boost
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate may hold a vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada when it returns from recess, largely to boost support for Democrat Mary Landrieu’s run-off election to retain her Louisiana seat.
Lawmakers return to Washington on Wednesday for a “lame duck” session and will try to wrap up some legislation, such as spending bills, before the Republicans take control of the Senate in the new year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four Senate leaders on Friday urged President Barack Obama not to retreat from promises of strong domestic carbon cutting goals and significant aid to developing countries to combat climate change given new Republican leadership in Congress, which is expected to be hostile to such policies.
The Democratic chairs of four Senate committees – Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, Finance and Budget – wrote to Obama, asking him to uphold promises he made at a high-profile UN climate summit in September.