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G-8 Nations Agree on Climate Strategy

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Posted on Jun 7, 2007

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached a compromise with George W. Bush over climate change. The G-8 nations will work toward a replacement for the Kyoto treaty and a 50 percent cut in emissions by the year 2050. But in a concession to Bush, the goals will be nonbinding.


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Leaders of the G8 nations have agreed to seek “substantial” cuts in emissions in an effort to tackle climate change.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G8 would negotiate within a UN framework to seek a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol by the end of 2009.

No mandatory target was set for the cuts, but Mrs Merkel’s preference for a 50% emissions cut by the year 2050 was included in the agreed statement.

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By kcdrew, June 10, 2007 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

Thanks to George W. “dumbshit” Bush, we all agreed, as a world, to do nothing.

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By jim macguigan, June 9, 2007 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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I am disappointed in the G8 again. They are all talk and no action. Fortunatly George Bush is a lame duck president and will be soon gone.
In the meantime various states and provinces are carring the ball and will continue to do so. I am still optimistic.

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By Debra Istvanik-Strotman, June 8, 2007 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment
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Obviously the world has gone banana’s. Bush, the shrub, agree’s to a 50% emissions cut by 2050 but, and isn’t there always a but by the shrub, “It will be non-binding.” What is that? This guy is out of control and these brown nosers from around the world do not use even an iota of common sense when dealing with Bush.

Should have sent Bush on his way and continued to work with those interested in Global warming and saving our planet for future generations.

Bush doesn’t care about the future of our planet because he will be long dead by the time our planet is near death.It has never occured to Bush that he may be leaving future grandchildren without a planet.

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By Dale Headley, June 8, 2007 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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Well, now that George Bush has said that he will take doing something about global warming under “serious consideration” I certainly feel a lot better.  Of course, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News aren’t quite so happy; after all, they’ve staked their reputations on the proposition that global warming is a liberal lie.

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By Tony B., June 8, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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If possible, for levity, could we see a fair representation of the opposition to the G-8, itself, here on Truth Dig?  A little sisyphilia, perhaps? lol.

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By mediamouse.org, June 8, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

I think Greenpeace’s assessment of the agreement had the best headline - “G8 to act on climate change, later… maybe”

Read it at:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/g8-on-climate-change

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By RAE, June 7, 2007 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment

I guess I’ve been around too long. I have no faith left in our “leader’s” intentions to “do the right thing.”

It doesn’t seem to matter what agreements are reached or accords signed because it’s clear that any state, especially the super-powers, can and DO simply ignore such agreements and commitments at will and with impunity.

I don’t trust any of them anymore.

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By Todd Millions, June 7, 2007 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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She’s no Bismark(the greatest primeminister Canada Never Had)-Maybe you could pull some P.R. strings and have Angela stand on the steps of the plane she returns to Berlin on,and wave a peice of paper and declare ‘CO2 reduction in our time’.
Why didn’t she just let the clown army in-who would have noticed?Expecially if Al Gore was there.

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By Enemy of State, June 7, 2007 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

RAE, me:

  The US effectively has a veto on meaningful climate change action. If we don’t do anything, than any cutbacks from Europe plus Japan, are simply overwhelmed. Even more than a US veto, China alone could ruin the climate. But it is supposed that China will give no concessions until after the US does so.

  Unfortunately doing their own thing just won’t work, CO2, and climate change is a worldwide problem. So they are gambling, that getting a little out of Bush, is better than getting nothing. Even getting a little, means Bush has effectively admitted that CO2 is a problem.

  I’m not at all convinced that Bush intends any actual cutbacks, but I suspect the next president will.

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By RAE, June 7, 2007 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment

Nothing like a “non-binding” agreement to set forth non-mandatory targets when it concerns the health and welfare of not only the entire planet, but all the living things on it. There isn’t one of them that doesn’t have his/her nose jammed up “Global Corporation’s” backside.

We actually hire and handsomely pay these arrogant, ineffective, gutless sellouts to manage our affairs! I guess we’re getting what we deserve.

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By me, June 7, 2007 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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i don’t understand why they all bowed to bush. Is the economy of Germany so tied to the US that they have to conceed? is it as concensus based system? Why don’t they just say, fuck bush, we’re all going to do this? Or is it that they just want to get the US to agree to SOMETHING environmental and then will apply more stringent standards w/in their own country? Please, someone enlighten me. Also, why do the european countries even bow to bush at all? Why don’t they just tell bush to fuck off and do their own thing? Again, are their economies tied up w/ours? Do they quietly support us imperialism b/c they benefit from it too but have to publicly condemn it? thanks

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