VIENNA It will be very difficult to reach
agreement on a carbon market for the United States as there is
no sign of consensus between regional schemes, the U.S. chief
climate negotiator said on Wednesday.
"It's under active consideration in our Congress," Harlan
Watson told a news conference during a 158-nation meeting of
government experts in Vienna, when asked about the prospects
for a national market linking up initiatives by some U.S.
"We are very far from consensus on a national program," he
added. "It's certainly going to be very difficult to reach a
consensus. I don't want to make a judgment about what Congress
He also said that the United States had no plans to join in
any global market for trading emissions of greenhouse gases as
part of a fight against climate change.
"Right now, we do not see our participation in a global
carbon market. It's unclear when and where and if there's going
to a global carbon market," he said.
He noted the European Union emissions trading scheme and
plans for trading in nations such as Australia and Canada.
"You are seeing difference among these schemes. So knitting
these together in a global carbon market is going to take some
time," he said.