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Recession Pinches Climate Change Progress

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Posted on Aug 1, 2010
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A coal power plant in China. As many countries look toward economic recovery, some are turning their heads away from climate change responsibilities.

Amid recession worries and economic hardships, much of the industrialized world has pushed international goals of curbing climate change far off into the future. Politicians are wavering over caps on carbon emissions, citing the economic costs of cutting emissions. —JCL

Reuters:

International action on climate change looks likely to drift over the next two years as politicians waver on tougher carbon caps in the wake of the financial crisis.

Recession in industrialized countries has focused attention on the cost of cutting emissions. And green motivations suffered a huge blow with the failure of U.N. negotiations to deliver a deal in Copenhagen in December.

Talks resume next week in Bonn, Germany, but a new draft text is as vague as ever on targets and a timetable to cut carbon emissions.

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By ofersince72, August 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

The proper terminology

Austerity pinches climate progress

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By Bronwen Rowlands, August 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment
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It’s time for Beckett:

I can’t go on, I’ll go on.

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By gerard, August 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

Suggestion:  Ask your Senators to support the bipartisan Clean Air Act (S-2877).(“CLEAR”)  Every emitter of a ton of fossil fuel carbon dioxide pays an equal price.  CLEAR does not subsidize nuclear power, coal, renewable energy, or any other energy source.  It would reduce US fossil fuel dependence and greenhouse gas pollution.  Because the price to the emitter is predictable, businesses can make long-term decisions that take the cost of polluting into account.  S-2877 creates a disincentive to pollute.  It compensates consumers for the inevitable increase in the price of carbon.  It uses exsting government structures as much as possible, minimizing the need for new bureaucracy. (More from Friends Committee on National Legislation http://www.fcnl.org  (Quakers)

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By wildflower, August 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

Re Reuters: “Politicians are wavering over caps on carbon emissions, citing the economic costs of cutting emissions.”

Interesting how these same politicians never seem to waver over the costs of their personal war mongering activities - then, it’s budgets be damned.

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By Meme Mine, August 1, 2010 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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Climate change has done to trusting science, blogs, corporate media and scientists, what Bush’s WMD
‘s did for the neocons reputations. Politicians, Bernie Madoff, bad cops, O.J. Simpson,  alter boy abusing priests and now .........scientists.
You criminal LAB COAT CONSULTANTS milked this Disco science far too long to regain any respect back.

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