This just in: Europe and U.S. reach climate accord

Thu, 2007-06-07 12:01Bill Miller
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This just in: Europe and U.S. reach climate accord

After threatening an outright veto of any reference to concrete reductions, the U.S. broke a trans-Atlantic deadlock by agreeing to “seriously consider” such proposals in a deal widely viewed as a compromise by President Bush.

The agreement did not specifically include the 50 per cent reduction sought by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but it did endorse her request that climate talks take place under the United Nations. It also carried Bush’s proposal to bring the world’s largest polluters – including China and India – together to set emission-reduction goals.

Although the deal enabled the group to reach accord, it does not fundamentally alter the White House’s refusal to accept binding targets for reducing emissions.

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But it doesn’t come close to reaching an accord - 50% by 2050 is like saying “the end of time is when we will talk about it some more”. 2050???? Why even discuss that far into the future before finding ways to at least level off emssions, to not increase them anymore. GHGs emssions will, apparently,continue to increase until 2049 and then the fossil fool cheifs will say “that darn Bush pushed us too far, we cannot meet those targets”. It is widely agree that what we do before 2012 will have the most effect in avoiding the worst extremes of weather and climate change. We just lost 10 years in Exxon funded denials, we have to make up time now. They are raising new ideas now - bringing up 2050, and skewing the targets to measure what “half” means with “current levels” instead of 1990 levels. Obviously, our leaders refuse to listen to the public will. Impeach the lot of them over the threat they pose due to emissions reductions delays. Seriously, it is a real threat. You realise that in 5 years we could have oceans rising fast due to ice sheet slippage?

California Governor Jerry Brown used the occasion of his fourth inaugural address to propose an ambitious new clean energy target for the state: 50% renewable energy by 2030.

“We are at a crossroads,” Brown said in announcing the proposal, according to Climate Progress. “The challenge is to build for the future, not steal from it, to live within our means and to keep California ever golden and creative.”

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