World leaders uniting?

Hillary Clinton looks for support in global-warming battle

Attempting to gain support for a global fight against climate change, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently met with world leaders to discuss an international pact.

Clinton told officials from the planet’s 16 biggest greenhouse-gas polluters that the United States needs partners in the effort. The discussion took place last week at a two-day forum on energy organized by the Obama administration, reported The Associated Press.

The goal of the meeting was to forge an alliance prior to a summit in Denmark, during which representatives of 175 countries will attempt to construct a new treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Without commitments from several developing countries, former President Bush refused to participate in Kyoto, which established emissions-reduction targets. China has now surpassed America as the world’s No. 1 polluter, and Clinton said that the country, along with India, must be a part of the battle.