State Department meeting aimed at climate change progress

“We are going to see if we can’t continue our dialogue among major developed and developing economies to make progress in meeting our objectives on climate change and the clean energy challenge,” Crowley said Friday.
“Clearly, there is still a gap between the views of the developing and developed world, and we’re going to see if we can, through the course of this discussion, narrow that down,” he added.

President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaUS to step up support for Saudis, says Pentagon chief Five things to watch in France's election Ex-Obama aide Rhodes: Le Pen victory in France would be 'devastating' MORE launched the Major Economies Forum last year as a reboot of an initiative begun under former President George W. Bush.

Some climate experts believe that at least in the near-term, the group may represent a more practical venue for emissions talks than the sprawling, consensus-driven UN process. The Copenhagen climate summit in December fell far short of expectations, producing only a limited and voluntary accord.

Robert Stavins of Harvard University and Sarah Ladislaw of the Center for Strategic & International Studies have both written about prospects for progress through the Major Economies Forum. I blogged about their views here and here.