December 12, 2009

AS ONLY NIXON COULD GO TO CHINA...:

Copenhagen: US, Japan move to kill Kyoto pact (Nitin Sethi, TNN)

The draft texts, prepared by the chairs of negotiation process, contain two major blockades to not just an ambitious deal at Copenhagen, but even to such a pact in near future.

Both the European demand that emerging economies peak their greenhouse gas emissions in near future and US demand that emerging economies permit international scrutiny of domestic actions, are now embedded in new proposals that 192 countries at the summit have to decide upon, besides dozens of others.

India and China have gone public against these proposals and declared them as non-negotiables but the US and Europe, without offering their own targets for finance or GHG mitigation, have stuck to their demands upon emerging economies. On Saturday morning, the situation only worsened with US, Japan and Australia going all out to even trash the new texts and demanding that work be done only on a new single legal treaty and that the Kyoto Protocol talks be killed.

The text proposals, as of today, allow talks to continue along the two tracks of a long-term agreement and immediate commitments of rich countries under Kyoto Protocol. The rich countries, though, persisted on Saturday with their demand that the two tracks be merged and all countries regardless of their different status within the existing convention take on commitments to reduce emissions.


...only the UR can euthanize the climate accord.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2009 7:21 PM
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