Bali: UNFCC Makes Case for Climate Cure

Tue, 2007-12-04 07:01Richard Littlemore
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Bali: UNFCC Makes Case for Climate Cure

This China View article gives a simple, compelling argument for why the developed world should, in the short term, carry the lion's share of the responsibility for climate change: first, we created the lion's share of the problem; and second, we have the capacity to do so while letting the developing world pull their populations out of poverty.

It also includes what, for me, was an interesting statistic. The all-time high for greenhouse gas production from industrialized countries occurred way back in 1990, at 18.7 billion tonnes. As of 2005, the second-highest year, we were emitting at an annual rate of 18.2 billion tonnes. That is compelling evidence that while some laggards (Canada) were snivelling about how impossible it would be to address this problem, everybody else seems to have been getting on with the job. While Canada's emissions went UP more than 30 per cent in that period, the rest of the developed world has held the line.

Imagine how well we could be doing if we were ALL actually trying.

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Interesting that the second most in the developed world (mostly northern hemisphere) since 1990 was 2005, a year when the northern hemisphere was very very warm. Lays waste to the excuse, “Canada is a cold country and therefore needs to use more energy,” and I suppose shows that it takes more energy to stay cool than to warm up. But I should probably read the article before I speculate too much. Too late?

“first, we created the lion’s share of the problem[?]; and second, we have the capacity to do so while letting the developing world pull their populations out of poverty.”

Okay, explain to me again how the Kyoto Accord is not a socialist wealth redistribution scheme?

how reducing poverty is a bad thing?

Since you acknowledge that the ultimate goal of the Global Warming agenda is socialist wealth redistribution, perhaps you can give me a single example where any socialist scheme has ever successfully reduced poverty, rather than increased it?

… aside from party-members, that is?

I acknowledge no such thing. The goal of reducing poverty around the world is humanitarian, not socialist. Are you telling us that you would cut all humanitarian aid and let the poor go to hell?

Heyo just figured it worth pointing out that the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions….who would have thought, that by setting targets to reduce emissions that was the primary goal…..clearly not you it seems, see the post a couple down, which by the way I’ll point out that the UK and Germany met their targets, and have no need to buy credits, or face punishments. Well done UK and Germany, you have succeeded in reducing your emissions, the primary goal of what the protocol was designed for.

“Okay, explain to me again how the Kyoto Accord is not a socialist wealth redistribution scheme?”

OK, Mr. Harper. That is not true.

If one were to be able to meet the Kyoto GHG-reduction targets, not one penny would have to go to the developing world. This “redistribution” of which you speak is a substitution for a penalty for not meeting the targets. Simple as that.


Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

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