At Global Climate Change Talks, Optimistic Eyes Look Ahead to an Obama Administration

The president-elect is not at the talks, but many hope he will reverse Bush's record on carbon limits.

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Though Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is heading to Poznan on behalf of Obama, observers say it will be Obama's moves over the next year, particularly the pressure he puts on Congress to enact a cap-and-trade program, that will help determine the outcome in Copenhagen. Without congressional support in the form of legislation, they note, Obama won't be able to firmly commit to specific emissions targets on the international stage.

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