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Articles by Alden Meyer

Alden Meyer is the director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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In a letter from U.S. groups making the rounds here in Poznan, delegates are being urged to make the decisions needed in Poznan to keep us on schedule for making a final deal in Copenhagen next year, as promised in the historic consensus reached last December in Bali.

While the December 2009 meeting in Copenhagen marks the deadline that nations — including the United States — have given themselves to reach agreement on a post-2012 climate treaty, a few observers have raised concerns that the United States might not be ready to cut a deal by then. But as the letter notes: where there’s a will, there’s a way. And there’s certainly the will.

Congressional leaders and the Obama transition team are already consulting closely on a massive economic stimulus package, to be enacted soon after President-elect Obama takes the oath of office. A major component of the package will be investments to repower America with clean energy. According to a New York Times article, a senior Obama aide said the package will include at least $15 billion dollars a year — and perhaps considerably more — for expanding mass transit, ma... Read more