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Climate Negotiators Weigh In on Bali Conference

As the 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocols nears, negotiators from around the world are set to descend on Bali in the coming weeks for the 13th United Nations Climate Change Conference in the hopes of creating the roadmap to a future agreement to be finished in 2009.

Former United States climate negotiators have expressed their thoughts on what the meetings in Bali are likely to produce and what role Renewable Energy may play in this round of talks.

Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation and former Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs said that this meeting will not address renewables specifically but that they may come up in talks as examples or illustrations of ways to address climate change.

“Bali is going to set the table so that you [the renewable energy industry] can work on this over the next couple of years,” he said.

Another former Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs, Frank Loy said that the focus for the United States should be to make sure that any result of the Bali talks forces nations in the developing world to be accountable for their role in reducing emissions and investing in green energy.