It looks like President Obama has stepped up to the climate change plate. In Italy, at the G8 Summit, Obama said, "Developed countries like my own have a historic responsibility to take the lead....We have the much larger carbon footprint per capita, and I know that sometimes the U.S. has fallen short of meeting our responsibilities....Those days are over."
This comes from the LA Times
:Speaking from Italy, where officials from 17 nations met and set the new targets, Obama warned that further steps would be needed and cautioned against those who would dismiss today's announced agreement, which fell short of what some environmentalists had hoped for but was a significant step from the policies of the Bush administration.
"We've made a good start, but I am the first one to acknowledge that on this issue it will not be easy," Obama said. "I think one of the things we will have to do is fight the temptation toward cynicism, to feel that the problem is so immense that somehow we cannot make significant strides.
The group agreed to prevent the Earth's climate from rising by 2 degrees Celsius (about 3.6 degree Fahrenheit). That will entail a sharp cut in emissions by 2050, about 80% for industrialized nations and 50% for the developing world.
"It is no small task for 17 leaders to bridge their differences on an issue like climate change," Obama said.
The president spoke at the news conference after the forum that included key industrialized countries and developing economies such as Australia, India, China and South Korea. The countries represent more than three-quarters of emissions blamed for raising the world's temperature.