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It's Happening, but Not in Rio
New York Times ^ | June 24, 2012 | By JIM LEAPE

Posted on 06/24/2012 6:33:51 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

For the past two weeks, representatives from around the world met here for Rio+20, the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, to define a global plan of action that would take humanity toward a cleaner, greener future. They failed.

We are living way beyond our means. We are using 50 percent more resources than the Earth can provide; if we all lived like Americans or Europeans, we would need three planets to support us.

We needed to see a commitment to ensure that everyone has access to modern energy, and that it is produced from renewable sources that are clean and abundant. We needed a commitment that governments would stop absurd subsidies that take us in the wrong direction — including the $750 billion that governments pay each year to promote use of fossil fuels.

We needed commitments that the indicators we use to measure progress, such as “gross domestic product,” take account of the health of our natural capital — the forests, rivers and oceans on which we depend — as well as our cash.

But these things did not happen. The text finally agreed upon here in Rio is a passing description of “the future we want,” but it does not set us on the path to get there.

Ultimately, we will need to find ways for world governments to act together, especially on global challenges like climate change. But in the meantime, leadership can and must come from many other quarters — indeed, from every other quarter. That is beginning to happen.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climategate; failure; hoax; socialism


1 posted on 06/24/2012 6:34:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BS!


2 posted on 06/24/2012 6:37:24 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

what a steaming pile of nonsense.

It is not logical that humans could possibly “use up” the earth. God made it to sustain us, the only thing we hae to fear is each other


3 posted on 06/24/2012 6:37:32 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"We are using 50 percent more resources than the Earth can provide; if we all lived like Americans or Europeans, we would need three planets to support us."

I stopped right there. A-G-E-N-D-A.

4 posted on 06/24/2012 7:17:17 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
We are using 50 percent more resources than the Earth can provide; if we all lived like Americans or Europeans, we would need three planets to support us.

And on what basis do they make that pronouncement? I always wonder...

5 posted on 06/24/2012 10:00:04 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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