Gore urges faster pace in finishing climate treaty

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 15 at 12:35 PM

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore wants to speed up a binding deal on climate change.

Instead of finishing up work with a treaty in Mexico City in a year, Gore proposes a final meeting and treaty agreement in July and said he was sure that Mexico would go along with the new schedule.

Speaking at the climate talks in Copenhagen, Gore also urged the U.S. Congress to come up with its climate legislation by Earth Day next April. And in a pep-talk to climate negotiators, he suggested that verifying emission cuts — which the U.S. wants — should be married to transparency in financial aid pledges, which poorer countries want.

Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts at climate change.

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