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NATIONS:

Could a U.S. plan to push renewable energy in Africa be changed to help India?

As President Obama heads to India, where 300 million people live without access to electricity, environmental activists and off-grid entrepreneurs are asking the administration to design a major new initiative to end energy poverty.

In a letter to Obama and Cabinet leaders, groups led by the Sierra Club urged the White House to use its Power Africa program as a model to create a "Power India" initiative aimed at expanding access to energy through renewables.

NATIONS:

White House to seek India trade reforms as part of climate package

The White House is urging India to relax its rules demanding that solar equipment be made domestically as part of a potential deal to spur U.S. investment in the country's ambitious renewable energy targets, Obama administration officials and several analysts said yesterday.

An agreement, if one can be reached, would be part of a sweeping package on climate change and clean energy that President Obama hopes to unveil with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit to India next week aimed at cementing bilateral ties.

NEGOTIATIONS:

Nations approach the nitty-gritty of shaping new climate change proposals

After months of summits, speeches and marches designed to build a sense of inevitability that countries will ink a new international climate change accord in December, governments appear poised to finally get down to business.

Coming off a lackluster negotiating session in Lima, Peru, that several analysts said accomplished the bare minimum necessary to keep governments on track, diplomats from nearly 200 countries still face dozens of political land mines before meeting in Paris at the end of this year to complete an agreement.

NATIONS:

Kerry begins to lay foundation for India-U.S. climate talks

Secretary of State John Kerry made climate change a central theme of his attendance at a major business conclave in India this weekend as other Obama administration aides worked behind the scenes to tee up clean energy deals that could be announced when President Obama visits the country later this month.

Speaking at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit yesterday in Gandhinagar, an event that drew global investors and heads of state as well as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Kim, Kerry said the United States and India "can do more together, and we must do more together, and we have to do it faster."

CLIMATE:

Domestic politics loomed large for U.S. officials in Lima

LIMA, Peru -- U.S. officials fought hard in the U.N. climate talks that ended here yesterday for a deal that would play well with the American public.

The key theme for the Americans: All countries -- developed and developing -- are sharing the burden of cutting emissions of heat-trapping gases. The U.S. delegation insisted it wouldn't accept a deal that reserves binding emission-reduction responsibilities for countries that were developed nations in 1992 -- when the Kyoto Protocol setting international emission targets was drafted.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.

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