By Jim Snyder - 12/15/09 05:15 PM EST
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wades into the climate debate with an opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune this morning.
With President Barack Obama set to join the talks at Copenhagen later this week, Clinton said “there should be no doubt of our commitment” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She then noted several efforts the United States is taking as proof: an $80 billion investment in clean energy in the stimulus and a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 relative 2005 levels.
Clinton also touched on the touchy subject of verification, which has split the United States and China. “Transparency, in particular, is what will ensure that this agreement become operational, not just aspirational,” Clinton wrote.