"Top International Energy Agency (IEA) officials offered a bleak assessment Tuesday of the prospects for global progress on preventing big temperature increases."
"'I am not at all [optimistic],' said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven when asked about the United Nations-hosted climate summit that got under way in Doha, Qatar, this week.
'I was in Durban last year. I wasn’t optimistic there. But at least there was a kind of global engagement on climate change,' she said Tuesday, referring to last year’s U.N. summit in South Africa. 'I don’t think we are going to make much progress at this moment.'
She spoke to reporters after a presentation on IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C."