Flying Dutchman Is Climate Treaty Cheerleader

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New international climate talks will take place in Copenhagen this December. The man in charge of those talks is in Washington, trying to drum up enthusiasm for a new global warming treaty.

His nickname could be the Flying Dutchman, as he travels the world, trying to forge a climate deal that would replace the current ineffective climate treaty, which was negotiated in Kyoto, Japan.

His name is Yvo de Boer, and his real title is executive secretary of the United Nations framework convention on climate change.

Leaders of the Obama administration met with de Boer on Wednesday. The administration says it is committed to making the U.S. a leader in the climate arena, even though the global recession is dampening enthusiasm for measures that could be an additional drag on the economy.



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