President Barack Obama will commit the U.S. to a target of 17% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 at an upcoming climate-change conference in Copenhagen, an official with the Obama administration said. It will mark the first time the country has pledged to achieve a specific level of cutback. "The president going to Copenhagen will give positive momentum to the negotiations," said Michael Froman, Obama's deputy national security adviser for international economics. "We think it will enhance the prospects for success." Obama will attend the conference Dec. 9.
Published in Brief: