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India's emission cut better than China

world Updated: Dec 05, 2009 15:06 IST

Welcoming New Delhi's announcement of reduction in emission intensity, a top US Senator has said that India's proposal in this regard "with respect to accountability" is better than that of China.

"They have put the language on the table that's actually stronger than China's with respect to the accountability and the measuring," Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the PBS news channel in an interview.

Kerry is a key architect of the Kerry-Boxer bill in the US Congress that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 83 per cent by 2050 and 20 per cent over the next decade from 2005 levels.

Kerry said the recent emission cut announcements made by China and India is a result of US President Barack Obama's personal talks with the leaders of these two countries. While Obama went to Beijing last month, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in the US soon thereafter on the first State Visit of his presidency.

"If the President had not had the conversations that he had when he was in China, I don't think that he would have come to the point of making a decision to do 17 per cent reduction and I don't think China would have followed a day later with its decision," Kerry said.

India has decided to offer a reduction in carbon emission intensity by 20-25 per cent by 2020 over 2005 levels.