As the world prepares to meet in Bali next month at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, U.S. governors have decided to take action at home. Weary of Congressional foot-dragging, the governors have made regional agreements on global warming and joined hands in a concerted bid to generate public and political support for legislation now before the Senate. But can anything meaningful take place while President Bush is still in office?
With Australian PM John Howard set to be dethroned in the Nov. 24th Australian election, Canada's Conservative Government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and President George W Bush will lose their last key ally in their anti-Kyoto Protocol battle.
The United States and Australia never ratified the Kyoto agreement in the first place and picked up a key ally in Canada when the right-wing Conservative government took power 2 years ago. The Conservative party quickly joined ranks with the US and Australia stating that Kyoto targets could never be met and they preferred a “Made in Canada” approach to climate change.
Such sentiments were not surprising considering that it was only five years ago that Prime Minister Harper claimed Kyoto was a “job-killing,” “economy destroying” “socialist scheme.”
After posting the story we received a pretty quick response from the dupe himself, Roy Cordato, who's listed on the JLF website as a “vice-president for research and resident scholar.” Turns out that Mr. Cordato fashions himself as somewhat of a “scholar” on the issue of climate change.
Check out this video of Cordato promoting the global cooling in the 1970's climate denier speaking point (I might have made a few slight edits)…
At a meeting this week in Riyadh the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced that it will do its part to tackle greehouse gas emissions.
The Chair of the summit and Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi, stated that:
We (Saudi Arabia) are willing to participate with others to help in reducing world emissions because like the rest of the world we are concerned about the environment.”
Seriously, is there anyone left in the world other than a small group of flat earthers, and ideological TV/radio schlock jocks that haven't woken up to this issue?
Great article by the BBC today on the so-called climate change “skeptics.”
Environmental correspondent, Richard Black invited sceptics to put their cards on the table, and to send him documentation or other firm evidence of “research bias” that is so often a complaint by the flat-earthers.
This is probably not the celebration Kool and the Gang had in mind when they wrote their hit song “Celebration.”
But its America's overabundance and over-reliance on the dirtiest form of electrical generation that has one industry front group celebrating.Check out this website run by an organization called the “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC), and in particular their “50% TV Spot” video.
Relentless human-population growth coupled with rising consumption has outpaced the planet’s ability to cope. An article in BBC’s Green Room says we are now in “overshoot” – our numbers and levels of consumption greater than Earth's capacity to sustain us for the long-term. The writer says we must end world population growth, and then reduce population size in industrialized as well as developing nations.
On the same day Hilary Clinton released her plan to reduce the US addiction to foreign oil imports and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the CEO of the largest oil company in the world is balking at the pursuit for energy independence.
Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has hit out at “isolationism” in energy policy (full article is firewalled) arguing that attempts to pursue energy independence are futile and counter-productive.
Tillerson stated that:
Regardless, no conceivable combination of demand moderation or domestic supply development can realistically close the gap and eliminate Americans' need for imports.”
His remarks, made at the World Energy Congress in Rome, provided support for calls from Opec, the oil producers' cartel, for what the group calls “security of demand”.
Didn't take long for word to get out that the UN climate change talks underway in Valencia, Spain are already bogging down.
The French Press Agency is reporting that, “… there had been by sharp exchanges over what the document should include and whether it should reflect findings published after a cut-off date for new material.”
The Australian Age is reporting that the report “… has been watered down as a result of influence from .
The final edition of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change will be released this week in Valencia, Spain and all eyes are on the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, the United States.
Optimism seems to abound. A Rueter's headline today announces that the “UN Panel's Global Warming Report May Win U.S. Support.”
One of the chief US negotiators, John Marburger even went so far as to say “We haven't seen any problems in the drafts that we've seen.''We're not holding our breath though…