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The head of the US delegation to the climate change convention in New Delhi, India, Harlan Watson, has said openly that under no circumstances will his country take on legally binding commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Harlan also says that the United States accepts that developing countries have a "right to development", and should not be expected to commit to emissions targets. In this editorial, Sunita Narain, director of the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, describes this viewpoint as "poison" to developing countries.

Poor nations are now caught between the stance of United States — to continue polluting but create wealth — and that of other developed countries that are urging all nations, including developing countries, to do their bit. Narain says that the United States should not only be banned from being a 'player' in the climate change club, but should compensate the rest of the world for its inaction.

Link to full CSE editorial

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