Whoever wins the 2012 presidential election will have to take an active role in international climate-change negotiations, according to many of National Journal’s Energy and Environment Insiders.

Asked how important it will be for the next (or current) president to keep America relevant in these negotiations, more than 60 percent of Insiders said that it would be either “Very Important” or “Somewhat Important.” Thirty-two percent of Insiders said this job will be “Very Important,” while nearly 30 percent said it would be “Somewhat Important.”

“The U.S. needs to play a productive role in international climate-change negotiations consistent with its economic leadership, but does not have to be desperate for a deal,” one Insider said.