Skip to comments.European Leaders Doubt U.S. Climate Commitment
Posted on 09/20/2009 5:59:47 PM PDT by reaganaut1
As world leaders gather in New York for the highest-level conference yet on climate change, European leaders are expressing growing unease about the United States stance in international talks aimed at reaching a global agreement in Copenhagen in December.
Officials of several European countries have cited what they see as a lack of political will on the part of the United States to adequately address climate change. The American reluctance to accept any agreement that would require legally binding and internationally enforceable targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions could doom the Copenhagen session, they said.
Ahead of this weeks climate talks at the United Nations, the Europeans also expressed little hope that the United States Senate would act on a climate bill before the Copenhagen talks begin.
The Obama administration is trying to satisfy European demands for firm targets and timetables, while reassuring a wary Senate that it is not signing on to a system that would impose steep economic costs on the United States that are not shared by developing countries like China and India.
Fundamentally dividing the United States and the European Union are questions on how any global climate agreement would be monitored and enforced. The Europeans are committed to a system, similar to that in the Kyoto agreement, under which nations set numerical targets and timetables for emissions reductions, bound together in a global trading scheme and enforced by the United Nations climate change directorate.
The United States instead is now exploring a pledge and review system, under which individual nations would set their own targets that are, in the jargon, measurable, reportable and verifiable but enforced by domestic not international law.
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global warming ping
perceptive lot, those eurogirliemen.
Ummm, the world’s getting cooler...
Spending trillions of dollars fighting mother nature is actually a stupid idea. But that’s just how I feel about it.
Just ask the Poles, Czechs, Kurds, & South Vietnamese. Get 0bama to post bond.
It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of Chicken Littles.
IMHO, at this point, Europe and the rest of us are headed for Hell, and this kind of siliness is part of the reason. I believe that soon enough, we will all have larger, more pressing problems than the myth of global warming.
Humans do not control the climate. They can keep particulates out of the air from human sources and they can refrain from dumping chemicals into lakes and streams and oceans. And prosperous nations have done these things.
CO2 emissions are not harmful and this pretense that they need to be reduced is about controlling people, not saving the Earth, and we all know this.
These attempts by elitists to control every aspect of our lives with hoaxes and phony science are beginning to make people quite angry. Well, Americans at least. Europeans seem to be whipped puppies.
The Global Cooling Deniers
In an interview on CNBC a couple of months ago, Soros said he believes in one world government. He’s 0’s sugar daddy and I wouldn’t put anything past 0 at the upcoming UN meeting he will be chairing. Don’t forget that the US Constitution requires that any international agreements made by one administration must be honored by sucessors.