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US rejects all proposals on climate change

The US has rejected any prospect of a deal on climate change at the G8 summit in Germany next month, according to a leaked document.

Despite Tony Blair's declaration on Thursday that Washington would sign up to "at least the beginnings" of action to cut carbon emissions, a note attached to a draft document circulated by Germany says the US is "fundamentally opposed" to the proposals?

The note, written in red ink, says the deal "runs counter to our overall position and crosses multiple 'red lines' in terms of what we simply cannot agree to".

[The] tone is blunt, with whole pages of the draft crossed out and even the mildest statements about confirming previous agreements rejected. "The proposals within the sections titled 'Fighting Climate Change' and 'Carbon Markets' are fundamentally incompatible with the President's approach to climate change," says another red-ink comment.

How many times they will have to learn the lesson: you make one step back for Bush, you will get bulldozered for three steps more.

by das monde on Sat May 26th, 2007 at 09:18:43 AM EST
Fuck Bush, fuck the US, let's get on with whatever needs done.

Bush is a convenient excuse for Europe to do nothing.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 26th, 2007 at 09:21:23 AM EST
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Moreover, Sarko didn't wait 24 hours after his election to declare that addressing climate change was the top priority of his government. This should be a golden opportunity for him and other euros to walk the talk, as well as for oppositions to hold their feet to the fire if they don't deliver. Why do I get the feeling they'll do nothing yet won't pay the political price for doing so.
by Fete des fous on Sat May 26th, 2007 at 11:56:37 AM EST
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If all developed countries emitted as little CO2 per capita as France does, we wouldn't have this discussion.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat May 26th, 2007 at 05:40:27 PM EST
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France does emit a little less per capita than many developped nations (25 to 50% less than most) but, without a doubt, we would have this discussion in a few years from now. In particular, France emits twice as much and five time as much CO2 per capita as China and India respectively. The same China that is about to pass the USA as #1 source of CO2 emissions among nations. We are also only talking about emissions produced on national territories and not that engendered by national consumptions whereas emissions have been outsourced to developping nations along with the productions of many imported goods. List of countries by carbon dioxide emissions per capita

Moreover, France has fewer emissions per capita than most other developped countries (but not Sweden, Switzerland, etc ..) because of its extensive use of nuclear power. The generalization of this model to the whole world is a) doubtful, b) wouldn't solve the climate change crisis (see above), and c) would probably engender its own set of problems.

by Fete des fous on Sat May 26th, 2007 at 08:05:48 PM EST
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Which is why I wrote "all developed countries". :)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sun May 27th, 2007 at 05:34:25 PM EST
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