"We have never been so close to having so many agree on so much. If anything was clear at the Copenhagen talks it's that the world is waiting for the U.S. to act. When it does, President Obama can knit together the historic breakthroughs obscured by the end of the Copenhagen meeting," said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund.
"The coalition of the willing that emerged today represents roughly 60 percent of the world's carbon emissions. It will undoubtedly be joined by others as 'low-carbon' becomes the new term of engagement in the global economy.
"A lot of hard work remains, but a lot of hard work is finished. "The new positive steps taken here, many of them by developing countries, present the U.S. Senate and President Obama with an historic opportunity.
"When most of the pieces of the puzzle are in place, it's much easier to add the missing ones later."
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