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December 15th, 2009
11:21 AM ET

The U.S. Is on Board

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: 'It is time to launch a broad operational accord on climate change'.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: 'It is time to launch a broad operational accord on climate change'.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
The New York Times

Our world is on an unsustainable path that threatens not only our environment, but our economies and our security. It is time to launch a broad operational accord on climate change that will set us on a new course.

A successful agreement depends upon a number of core elements, but two are shaping up to be essential: first, that all major economies set forth strong national actions and resolve to implement them; and second, that they agree to a system that enables full transparency and creates confidence that national actions are in fact being implemented.

Transparency, in particular, is what will ensure that this agreement becomes operational, not just aspirational. We all need to take our share of responsibility, stand behind our commitments, and mean what we say in order for an international agreement to be credible.

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  1. terry horn

    I think the American tax payer should get an itemized, list of what we just spent our money on. CNN, please get us a list.
    You cant sustain economic growth if we keep throwing our money away! If we want to fix something, lets fix the rain forests, people could see the progress and we would know where the money is going, and if we put the rain forests back on track, it may (or may not). affect the ice caps. But thats not really the plan is it. Fixing the problem I mean. God help us when all of our bills come due.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm |