New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI/Business Wire India): US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi met Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Chairman IPCC, to discuss major issues related to climate change in India and the various options that can engage both side of the world to tackle its impact and the potential human costs of climate change.
A brain storming session for the Speaker and the US delegation accompanying Pelosi, which consisted of 32 members, comprising of Congressmen, senior Army staff and congressional staff, was held at the Resource Efficient Retreat for Environmental Awareness and Training or the TERI - RETREAT, here last evening.
The areas of interest, which were discussed between the US delegation and the staff of TERI, were: where does the world need to go from COP 13 onwards on the future climate change regime?; stakeholder's impressions and recommendations on existing and future US position; what role developing countries and industarlised countries need to play for an effective climate change regime?; feasibility of various options on architecture of future climate change regime to be based on 'pledge and review approach' compared to 'cap and trade' approach.
Speaker Pelosi is a strong supporter of action on climate change. She is a liberal democrat, and an effective speaker getting a number of important bills passed by the House like an energy bill to increase fuel economy standards.
Pelosi has also been a leader on climate and justice issues with strong support for ensuring that the most vulnerable communities are protected from the impacts of climate change. She is also interested in taking a number of important steps to implement mitigation measures.