Skip to comments.EU parliament approves climate change package
Posted on 12/17/2008 9:01:49 AM PST by NormsRevenge
STRASBOURG (AFP) The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU's climate change package, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, lifting the last hurdle to the ambitious plan.
Six texts on the package, already agreed by the 27 European Union member states, were passed by a large majority of the MEPs present.
"We have sealed the climate package," said European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering, after the vote.
The so-called "20-20-20" climate package, which Europe hopes will serve as a model to other nations, will oblige EU nations to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels, make 20 percent energy savings and bring the use of renewable energy sources up to 20 percent of the total.
The parliamentary approval came five days after EU heads of state and government worked out a compromise deal on the package at a summit in Brussels.
Within the overall EU targets, each EU nation and industry sector has its own obligations under the package, and last-minute dispensations were given, particularly to Warsaw and Berlin which were concerned at the effects on industry.
German conservatives also complained that the package was too tough on industry and evoked the spectre of "carbon leakage" whereby jobs would move out of a highly regulated region with no benefit to the European economy or the global environment.
However, environmental groups complain that the package was so watered-down in the attempts to reach a deal that the measures adopted will no longer deliver on the promised climate change targets.
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A protestor seeks action to combat climate change during UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland, December 6. The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU's climate change package, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, lifting the last hurdle to the ambitious plan. (AFP/File/Wojtek Radwanski)
Headline a decade from now:
“EU’s recession enters 10th year”
Sadly, with Obama at the helm, we’re probably looking at a similar outlook.
Carbon dioxide has little or nothing to do with any “climate change”, according to the actual science.
About time they started approving of climate change - especially since it’s going to happen with or without European permission. [/s]
No farting no more.
What’s black protester doing in Poland???
No more CO2, so trees can die, stop producing O2, so we can die. There will be peace on earth with no stinkin people, animals or vegetation. Long live Lenin and his “green brigades”!
Yup, too bad most people don’t know a dang thing about actual science. Heck, most people don’t even know the full process that permits them to turn on a light at the flick of a wall switch...
They will have 20% less Trees to hug.
If I was the EU , I’d be more concerned with a return of a massive ice sheet..
Robert Felix was on Coast to Coast last night discussing the science and hoopla assigned to Global Warming. He was on in the first hour for those who missed it or would like to listen (upper left hand corner.. http://www.coasttocoastam.com/ )
He has a web site.
The politicians have voted this disaster in.
As a science type, I say “won’t happen”.
Let’s see who proves to be correct.
Of course, the dim bulbs will lie about the numbers and state that it did happen.
Gads, libs are sooooooo dumb!
There economy will be drivin further in the hole. Remember, when Germany’s economy went in the hole, what did they do? They went to war. When our economy went in the tank, we went to war and that’s the only thing that got us out of trouble.
I couldn't help but notice that the protestor is thoroughly bundled up to protest "global warming."
In greenhouses the CO2 levels are doubled to enhance photosynthesis therefore crop production. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that O2 would also increase since it and glucose are the result of photosynthesis? Which means that atmospheric levels of N2 would be less of a percentage by the shear increase of the other two. Has that been measured? I don’t know.
I predict the eurolibs (and US libs) will use this to “persuade” Obama to get the US into a similar agreement.
(so the world will love us, of course)
Then, when reality strikes their economies, the Europeans will exempt themselves from following it while insisting we (USA) stick to it