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Urgency After Copenhagen

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Posted on Apr 9, 2010
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The bears would agree: As developing countries and the industrialized world haggle over a course of action, polar bears see their frozen world shrinking.

The developing world seems to get it: In the first climate change conference since Copenhagen, leaders from the Global South have said the need for a new worldwide climate change agreement is “greater than ever.”

The industrialized world has been historically underwhelmed by the idea of cutting emissions, largely due to its suspicious claim that reducing the capacity to pump out pollutants would ruin its economies ... especially at a time of crisis. —JCL

The BBC:

The need for a new global climate deal is “greater than ever”, according to developing country delegates speaking at the opening of UN climate talks.

Blocs representing the poorest nations called for intensive talks during the year, leading to agreement on a legally binding treaty in December.

The EU backed the call, re-stating that the conclusion of December’s Copenhagen summit had not met its ambitions.

But other industrialised countries do not appear so keen for a new treaty.

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By rico, suave, April 10, 2010 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

I’d agree with your argument, if I agreed with all of your premises, which I don’t. Despite the religious conviction with which you accept the sources and dangers of increasing greenhouse gases, the latest brouhahas in the climate science community clear show that the jury is out. I myself am an agnostic on the issue.

Where I do get a little fringy is in my strong suspicion that this entire Copenhagen, etc movement is just an effort to transfer wealth from rich countries to poor ones under the guise of improving the climate. The “Global South” doesn’t give a flying fuck about polar bears. They do however want our and Russia’s and China’s money.

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By rollzone, April 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

hello. my holdout is for India to be the developing turning point away from fossil fuel dependency. if they take the lead beyond our central and south American biofuel advocates, and shift all technologies into the clean energy of hydrogen or solar energies, all the ‘crap and fade’, of developing countries with their hands out over global warming, will redouble against the oil conglomerates instead of American tax payers. meanwhile oil prices rise for the next election campaigns.

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By gerard, April 9, 2010 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

Of course if they start having regular meetings to discuss and agree upon specific recommendations or demands for climate change, the small “developing” countries will succeed in raising enough of an outcry, with the help of the more enlightened European Union, to make the huge polluting,
“developed” countries look even worse than they look already.
  China, U.S., Russia, fess up.  You don’t want change that would interfere with your “development,” even though it endangers everybody else along with yourselves. You would prefer to ignore these smaller countries who already suffer the creeping edges of global warming so you can keep on producing greenhouse gases till you yourselves start choking to death.
  What is so sinister is that you three biggies are the ones who think of yourselves as the best-educated, the most “advanced,” the most productive and powerful, but are also the ones who produce the most greenhouse gas pollution.  Yet you think you deserve to determine the future of life on earth by back-pedalling on actions that could prevent this looming disaster. 
  Ironically, it is you, and you alone who can provide the funds and the technologies to turn things around. So you have the world by the throat.  So what do you gain by that?  Your leadership would make all the difference! What are you really waiting for?

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By wal, April 9, 2010 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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What a crock of shit.  What do you expect BBC, the British Brainwashing Corporation, to say?  The globalists, the latterday British empire, are using this supposed AGW as the horse to ride into one world government.

If it was real, why not do the immediately possible things?  Lift zoning laws to get away from our car culture?  Immediately allow only one lane on highways for cars, reserve the rest for buses (the quickest way to implement mass transit)?  Etc.  Why not?  Because it ain’t real.

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