The American delegation to UN climate talks in Bali last night ruled out a draft resolution that would call on industrialized nations to cut carbon emissions by 25% to 40% in 12 years. The US called the proposal "totally unrealistic" and "unhelpful." But the US isn't the only holdout, reports the Guardian: Canada and Japan are also balking at the draft plans.
The UN published the draft resolution on its website, a choice that perhaps reflects the summit's international attention. It's now being debated by the 190 countries present. With John Kerry telling delegates that a Democratic president would sign up for carbon caps, some in Bali are already treating the Bush administration as a lame duck: China has said it is waiting for the next US president before deciding its own policy.