The EU has warned the U.S. that its proposal to postpone climate change negotiations and increase the use of fossil fuels would be “deeply regrettable” and vowed to keep pursuing global efforts on reducing carbon emissions.
The European Union, the largest economy in the world and the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after China, said on Monday that it would do “whatever it takes” to continue tackling climate change and urged the U.S. to join forces with the EU to make it happen.
“Climate change cannot be postponed,” said Miguel Arias Cañete, the European Union’s Climate Commissioner.
“The need for action has never been more urgent,” he added.
The White House said in May that it was halting the negotiations, which it had agreed to host in Washington at the end of next year to bring together a concerted global approach to combat climate change.
The White House said at the time that a move to delay the meeting, meant to be for representatives of more than 190 countries, would help generate support from developing countries for climate pledges ahead of the November 2014 talks in Paris.