Monday, July 20, 2009
India is firmly resisting Western demands to accept binding limits on carbon emissions.
In a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, India's environment minister maintained there's "simply no case for the pressure," because the country has "among the lowest emissions per capita." He also objected to "the threat of carbon tariffs" on India's exports.
The minister distributed copies of his remarks to reporters to underline the tough stance.
Clinton says while the minister presented a "fair argument," India's case "loses force" because the country's absolute level of emissions is "going up dramatically."
Still, Clinton says she's optimistic that international negotiators will eventually reach a climate change deal that will satisfy India. She calls the debate "part of a negotiation" made more complex because it's multilateral.