Merkel calls on US for deeper emissions cuts

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2009 4:09 AM

Germany's chancellor has called on the United States to cut back even more on emissions of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gasses.

Angela Merkel told parliament ahead of her departure for the climate talks in Copenhagen on Thursday that the current U.S. offer of a 4 percent cut "is not ambitious enough."

All industrialized nations are under pressure to make even deeper cuts, while developing countries such as China and India are being pressured to rein in emissions growth as part of efforts to reach an international agreement.

The EU has pledged a 20 percent cut that could increase to a 30 percent cut if other nations also make far-reaching pledges.