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US seeks help of countries including India on Climate change

world Updated: Feb 18, 2009 11:14 IST

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US President Barack Obama has sought the help of major countries of the world including China and India in addressing the urgent issue of climate change and clean energy.

In an interview to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on Tuesday, Obama said the dilemma countries like Canada, the US and China face is how to obtain the energy, which is essential for the economic growth, in a way that is not rapidly accelerating the climate change.

Observing that no country can solve this problem in isolation, the President said: "So Canada, the US, China, India, the European Union, all of us are going to have to work together in an effective way to figure out how do we balance the imperatives of economic growth with very real concerns about the effect we're having on our planet."

Ultimately this can be solved by technology, Obama argued. "I think that it is possible for us to create a set of clean energy mechanisms that allow us to use things not just like oil sands, but also coal."

The US has its own homegrown problems in terms of dealing with a cheap energy source that creates a big carbon footprint. Currently the US in association with countries like China and India is developing a clean coal technology to produce electricity.