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  • Newsbytes: Japan Kills Climate Agenda – What Kyoto?

    04/26/2013 1:39:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | April 26, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Turns Back To Coal, Abandons Emissions TargetsFrom Dr. Benny Peiser at The GWPFThe Japanese government is moving to speed up the environmental assessment process for new coal-fired power plants. According to Japanese media reports, the government intends to make 12 months the maximum period for assessing and approving new coal-fired power plants as its utilities seek to develop more power stations to stem surging energy supply bills. With the government considering the closure of much of the installed nuclear capacity over the medium term, the spotlight is back on coal as the cheapest energy source, notwithstanding plans to cut carbon...
  • USA meets Kyoto protocol goal – without ever embracing it

    04/06/2013 10:16:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 5, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    New EIA data shows USA inadvertently meets 1997 Kyoto protocol CO2 emission reductions without ever signing on thanks to a stagnant economy. Lowest level of CO2 emissions since 1994. In 2012, a surprising twist and without ever ratifying it, the United States became the first major industrialized nation in the world to meet the United Nation’s original Kyoto Protocol 2012 target for CO2 reductions.WUWT readers may recall that Kyoto was an international agreement proposed in December 1997 requiring nations (according to the U.N. press release then) to reduce CO2 emissions by 5.2% by 2012.  It became international law when ratified...
  • Climate talks: UN forum extends Kyoto Protocol to 2020 (In the words of Homer Simpson.. DOH!aaaaa)

    12/08/2012 9:20:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/8/12 | BBC
    Delegates at UN climate talks in Qatar have agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020, avoiding a major new setback. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 nations, keeps the protocol alive as the only legally binding plan for combating global warming. However, it only covers developed nations whose share of world greenhouse gas emissions is less than 15%. The US - a major polluter - has never ratified the original 1997 protocol. The agreement had been due to expire later this year.
  • U.N. optimistic the U.S. will finally hop on that climate-change bandwagon

    11/25/2012 7:54:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2:31 pm on November 24, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Ugh, here we go again: Self-righteous globalism-loving environmental zealots hellbent on getting developed nations to voluntarily “contract” their relatively prosperous economies, ostensibly in order to combat climate change, while trying to dictate the type of “green” development they’d like to see happen in poorer countries.As I’ve noted before, environmentalists are hopefully sniffing the air now that President Obama has won a second term, banking on the more “flexible” Obama’s willingness to once again take up the mantle of climate change — especially in the wake of this past summer’s droughts and superstorm Sandy. From the AP: [A]s a re-elected president...
  • Obama To Sign Anti-Second Amendment U.N. Gun Grab

    07/09/2012 5:59:29 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 113 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 9, 2012
    Second Amendment: The United Nations is putting the finishing touches on an Arms Trade Treaty that transcends borders and may even trample our Constitutional right to bear arms. Every indication is that the president will sign it. Like the New Start and Law of the Sea treaties before it, as well as the Kyoto Protocol and Agenda 21, the Arms Trade Treaty being finalized at the U.N. this month is one of those feel-good, can't-we-all-get-along pieces of parchment whose net effect is to accomplish little except to eat away at American sovereignty and freedom. Just as the world's worst human...
  • Russia slams Kyoto Protocol

    12/16/2011 4:20:42 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | December 16, 2011
    Russia supports Canada's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, says its foreign ministry, reaffirming Friday that Moscow will not take on new commitments. ... Canada, Japan and Russia said last year they will not accept new Kyoto commitments
  • Canada quits Kyoto climate protocol

    12/13/2011 4:57:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 12/13/11
    Canada quits Kyoto climate protocol Environment minister says global accord intended to tackle global warming "does not represent a way forward for Canada". Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the country's minister of the environment has said, making it the first nation to pull out of the global treaty. The protocol "does not represent a way forward for Canada" and would have forced it to take "radical and irresponsible choices", Peter Kent said in Toronto on Monday. He added that it was a mistake for Canada to have signed up for Kyoto: "As we've said,...
  • It’s All Over: Kyoto Protocol Loses Four Big Nations

    05/30/2011 9:39:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | Anthony Watts
    Posted on May 29, 2011 by Anthony Watts Image: Sierra Club CompassSaturday, 28 May 2011 16:58 Agence France-Presse DEAUVILLE, France: Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.The future of the Kyoto Protocol has become central to efforts to negotiate reductions of carbon emissions under the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose annual meeting will take place in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December...
  • NASA extinguishes global-warming fire

    02/03/2002 8:09:01 AM PST · by Ranger · 64 replies · 1,633+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/3/02 | Patrick Michaels
    <p>It really happened. The NASA scientist who lit the bonfire of the global warming vanities with his flamboyant congressional testimony 14 years ago, has turned the hose on its dying embers.</p> <p>There is now no reason for the Bush administration to give an inch on climate change. Sure, energy efficient technologies (like my Honda hybrid) are worth exploring. But there is absolutely no scientific reason for any expensive policy like the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Mr. Bush led the world by being the first to walk away from Kyoto, and science has proven him correct.</p>
  • The UN Meddling with Religion, Part 6: UN Climate Conference (COP16) Cancun, Nov./Dec. 2010

    12/24/2010 1:16:47 PM PST · by mikalasukala · 3 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | December 11, 2010 | Consigliere5
    UN Climate Conference (COP16) Cancun, Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2010According to this page: COP16 is the official name of the Cancun summit, which is the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP is the highest body of the UNFCCC and comprises environment ministers from 192 countries who have met once a year since the 1992 Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro.Once again, the UN brought together many "faith traditions" in the spirit of Religious Syncretism and Interfaith Dreams. And. They. Just. Won't. Ever. Stop. Not until Christianity has...
  • Cancún climate change summit: Japan refuses to extend Kyoto protocol

    12/01/2010 6:28:46 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    guardian ^ | 1 December 2010 | John Vidal
    "Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances." The move came out of the blue for other delegations at the conference. "For Japan to come out with a statement like that at the beginning of the talks is significant," said one British official. "The forthrightness of the statement took people by surprise."
  • The Cancun Climate Capers

    11/29/2010 4:52:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2010 | S. Fred Singer
    Today, Nov. 29, marks the beginning of the Cancun COP (Conference of the Parties [to the Kyoto Protocol]). This is the 16th meeting of the nearly two hundred national delegations, which have been convening annually since the Kyoto Protocol was negotiated in 1997 at COP-3. This conference promises to be another two-week extravaganza for some 20,000 delegates and hangers-on, who will be enjoying the sand, surf, and tequila-sours  -- mostly paid for by taxpayers from the U.S. and Western Europe. For most delegates, this annual vacation has become a lifetime career: it pays for their mortgages and their children's education....
  • The UN and Climate Change – Ten Fateful Words

    11/09/2010 6:14:56 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 2 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 09 November 2010 | TonyfromOz
    In the run up to the next round of UN Climate Change Conferences, this next one at Cancun, Mexico at the end of this month, the UN has directly called for a cost to be placed on the emissions of Carbon (Dioxide) to help developing Countries combat Climate Change. There is now almost an air of desperation as they seek to replace the flawed Kyoto Protocol. Within that original Protocol was the direct cause of why this will be so difficult, if not impossible, and why a lot of Countries are now balking at trying to replace an already legally...
  • The Rise of 'Multi Stream' Media

    10/25/2010 8:39:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/25/2010 | Tom Gantert
    In 1997, Henry Payne, the political cartoonist for the Detroit News and editor of TheMichiganView.com, said he was in Washington D.C. for a press conference on the international agreement on climate change called the Kyoto Protocol. Payne recalled the first question of the press conference was asked by the New York Times environmental reporter. "How do we get Americans to stop driving SUVs?" Payne said the reporter asked. Kyoto sets binding agreements for 37 countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations. Payne said the rest of the press conference was "simple cheerleading" by reporters. He used...
  • What Future For Kyoto

    05/11/2010 7:10:32 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 163+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 12 May 2010 | TonyfromOz
    With Copenhagen failing so miserably, the heat seems to have gone out of the Climate Change debate, as the media deserts what it once loved with a passion. Why is it that the thing that was supposed to have saved us all, The Kyoto Protocol, is the direct cause of not being able to find its replacement. What Future For Kyoto discusses some of the reasons that will make it difficult, if not impossible to work out a replacement. Was it so flawed right from the start that any replacement will be fought over tooth and nail by all sides.
  • Bin Laden deplores climate change ["Global Warming" insanity meets Islamic terrorism]

    01/29/2010 2:05:32 AM PST · by free1977free · 98 replies · 2,888+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | Friday, January 29, 2010
    Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has condemned the US and other industrial economies, holding them responsible for the phenomenon of climate change. In an audio tape obtained by Al Jazeera, bin Laden criticised George Bush, the former US president, for rejecting the Kyoto pact and condemned global corporations. "This is a message to the whole world about those responsible for climate change and its repercussions - whether intentionally or unintentionally - and about the action we must take," bin Laden said. "Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury - the phenomenon is an actual fact."...
  • Major questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri

    12/20/2009 4:14:11 PM PST · by ricks_place · 21 replies · 1,221+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12/20/2009 | Christopher Booker and Richard North
    The head of the UN's climate change panel - Dr Rajendra Pachauri - is accused of making a fortune from his links with 'carbon trading' companies, Christopher Booker and Richard North write. No one in the world exercised more influence on the events leading up to the Copenhagen conference on global warming than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and mastermind of its latest report in 2007. Although Dr Pachauri is often presented as a scientist (he was even once described by the BBC as “the world’s top climate scientist”), as a former...
  • Leaked agreement rocks Copenhagen

    12/08/2009 6:12:48 PM PST · by myknowledge · 27 replies · 1,820+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | December 9, 2009 | Emma Alberici
    The Copenhagen climate talks have been rocked by the leak of a draft final agreement which weakens the role of the United Nations in climate change negotiations and abandons the Kyoto Protocol. The "Danish text" draft agreement, published by the UK's Guardian newspaper, has been described as a dangerous document for developing countries. Over the past week, parts of Denmark's proposal have leaked into the public domain, but this is the first time it has been published in its entirety. According to the Guardian, the secret agreement has been worked on by a group of individuals known as the 'circle...
  • Big developing states reject Copenhagen climate plan (Ruh-ROH!)

    12/02/2009 12:18:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 2,745+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/2/09 | Krittivas Mukherjee and Gerard Wynn
    NEW DELHI/LONDON (Reuters) – China and other big developing nations rejected core targets for a climate deal such as halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 just five days before talks start in Copenhagen, diplomats said on Wednesday. China, the world's top emitter, together with India, Brazil and South Africa demand that richer nations do more and have drawn "red lines" limiting what they themselves would accept, the diplomats told Reuters. The four rejected key targets proposed by the Danish climate talks hosts in a draft text -- halving global greenhouse gases by 2050, setting a 2020 deadline for a...
  • Obama will attend Copenhagen summit before picking up Nobel peace prize

    11/25/2009 11:09:54 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 592+ views
    Times ^ | November 25, 2009 | Tim Reid
    Obama will travel to Copenhagen next month to attend the climate change conference, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether he would go and after intense pressure from Europe for his presence. Obama will offer to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, a 30 per cent reduction by 2025 and a 42 per cent drop by 2030... After he attends the summit on December 9, he will fly to Oslo to collect his recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize the following day, and then return to the US. Obama conceded during his trip to China...
  • Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Program He Is Now Pushing Through Congress ( Cap & Tax )

    11/20/2009 4:45:46 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 913+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Updated March 25, 2009 | Ed Barnes , FOXNews.com
    While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president. In 2000 and 2001, while Barack Obama served as a board member for a Chicago-based charitable foundation, he helped to fund a pioneering carbon trading exchange that is likely to fill a critical role in the controversial cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme that President Obama is now trying to push rapidly through Congress. During those two years, the Joyce Foundation gave nearly...
  • India says carbon emissions to soar by 2030

    09/09/2009 7:35:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 602+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 3, 2009 | Krittivas Mukherjee
    India's greenhouse gas emissions are expected to jump to between 4 billion tonnes and 7.3 billion tonnes in 2031 ... Per-capita emissions are estimated to rise to 2.1 tonnes by 2020 and 3.5 tonnes by 2030, according to a government-funded study by five different organisations, including environmental groups and the management consultancy firm, McKinsey. The report did not give a figure for present emission levels but Indian climate negotiators say per-capita emissions are 1.2 tonnes at present. India's population is 1.1 billion but is expected to grow to more than 1.5 billion in coming decades. The report is the nation's...
  • Lawrence Solomon: Enron's other secret

    06/15/2009 1:23:02 PM PDT · by kathsua · 9 replies · 919+ views
    Financial Post ^ | May 30,2009 | Lawrence Solomon
    ...Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, keen to engineer an encore, saw his opportunity when Bill Clinton and Al Gore were inaugurated as president and vice-president in 1993. To capitalize on Al Gore’s interest in global warming, Enron immediately embarked on a massive lobbying effort to develop a trading system for carbon dioxide, working both the Clinton administration and Congress. Political contributions and Enron-funded analyses flowed freely, all geared to demonstrating a looming global catastrophe if carbon dioxide emissions weren’t curbed. An Enron-funded study that dismissed the notion that calamity could come of global warming, meanwhile, was quietly buried...
  • Falling short of Kyoto goals, Boulder raises carbon tax

    06/05/2009 7:59:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 1,236+ views
    DailyCamera ^ | June 4, 2009 | Heath Urie
    Program could create door-to-door energy consultants. It’s time for an in-your-face approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Boulder City Council decided Thursday night. The council unanimously approved increasing the city’s voter-approved carbon tax from its minimum to its maximum level beginning Aug. 6, providing an additional $810,000 annually toward meeting the city’s carbon-cutting goals. The tax, built into utility bills, is expected to help the city reach 95 percent of the Kyoto Protocol — which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels — before the tax ends in 2013. Kara Mertz, an environmental affairs manager...
  • Boulder residents plan Monday rally against coal

    05/29/2009 9:14:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 1,696+ views
    DailyCamera ^ | May 29, 2009 | Laura Snider
    If Boulder is serious about meeting the goal it set in 2002 when city leaders agreed to meet the Kyoto Protocol -- reducing greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels -- it's time for city officials to play hardball in their negotiations with Xcel Energy. That's the message a group of business, community and environmental leaders hope to convey to the Boulder City Council on Monday when they meet at the Stazio Ballfields to listen to speakers rally the crowd from a pile of faux coal. With the slender towers of the Valmont Coal Plant as a backdrop, the...
  • UN Proposing Kyoto Protocol "ON STEROIDS"

    03/27/2009 9:37:27 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 414+ views
    Fox News /Yidwithlid ^ | 3/27/09 | Yidwithlid
    Remember the Kyoto Protocol it was that global warming treaty that the US didn't participate in because it would unduly restrict the US economy visa viz other nations. Well, "you ain't seen nothing yet" The UN is working on a new treaty that is sure to make people wish for the Kyoto Protocol. Their new proposal will essentially create tariffs on goods that use products like coal or petroleum, even if its just for electricity--turn on a light bulb get a tariff. That's not all, it has provisions that would cripple the airline and other tourist industries. The result of...
  • Obama left with little time to curb global warming

    12/14/2008 5:43:16 PM PST · by smartyaz · 64 replies · 2,552+ views
    Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.
  • Former Global Warming Alarmist Deals Blow to Greenhouse Gas Theory (Australian David Evans)

    07/23/2008 10:30:22 AM PDT · by FocusNexus · 28 replies · 274+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2008 | Brit Hume
    A former global warming alarmist and creator of the model that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol says that while global warming is real, there is no evidence that the main cause is carbon emissions. David Evans says that C02 emissions play - at most - a minor role. Evans writes in The Australian newspaper that if global warming was caused by C02, scientists would have found hot spots about six miles up in the earth's atmosphere over the Tropics. Evans describes those hot spots as the signature of the greenhouse effect. He says scientists have been trying to...
  • Global warming fixes not cool

    06/29/2008 2:59:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 274+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 29, 2008 | LORRIE GOLDSTEIN
    Every attempt so far to get emissions under control turns out to be about money. Let's examine an important question. Are the major schemes created by global politicians to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, ostensibly to combat global warming, effective? The answer is no, because they aren't about addressing global warming. They're about making more money for governments and large corporations. Let's start with the Kyoto accord. Will it be effective in lowering global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? No. It wasn't meant to be. Kyoto, a United Nations treaty, exempts the developing world -- 143 of 180 nations which ratified it...
  • ( The People's Republic ) Boulder likely to miss Kyoto Protocol goals

    04/05/2008 12:22:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 79+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | April 3, 2008 | Laura Snider
    Boulder says more money needed to meet treaty standards. The way things are going, Boulder will only make it about halfway to its goal of cutting enough greenhouse gases to comply with the Kyoto Protocol... The Office of Environmental Affairs is requesting a 53 percent increase in funding, which would boost its budget from $875,177 to $1,343,133. Even if the City Council approves the increase, which would translate to a higher carbon tax, Boulder would still meet only 85 percent of its Kyoto goal. "It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone," said Sarah Van Pelt, Boulder's environmental sustainability coordinator....
  • Presidential race could decide fate of carbon trading in US

    03/14/2008 1:18:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 459+ views
    Financial News Online US ^ | 03/14/08 | Eugene Grygo
    Presidential race could decide fate of carbon trading in US Eugene Grygo 14 Mar 2008 The outcome of the US presidential race is likely to play a key role in the future of carbon emissions trading in the US because a federal mandate is needed to kick start the trading of carbon credits, according to an analyst at market researcher TowerGroup. If a president is elected who favors the Kyoto Protocol process, then a push from the federal government will hasten the acceptance of carbon trading in the US, said Stephen Bruel, who works in the securities and capital markets...
  • Bali Talks Aim to Set Path for Post-Kyoto Pact

    12/01/2007 8:49:30 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 143+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 1, 2007 | By JANE SPENCE and JOHN MCKINNON
    When the United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off next week in Bali, Indonesia, delegates will be riding bicycles between meetings and shedding their suit jackets to save energy on air conditioning. The U.S. delegation, eager to convey a new spirit of cooperation on the issue, will be going casual. "Any chance I get to break out the flip-flops, I take," says James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, who will be representing the U.S. at the Bali conference. Bikes and flip-flops are a starting point for offsetting the 47,000 metric tons of carbon-dioxide expected to...
  • 'We Have Very Little Time to Act'

    12/01/2007 8:40:23 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 59 replies · 98+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | November 30, 2007 | By Patrick McGroarty in Berlin
    ......A world with 30 percent fewer species. Huge water shortages caused by disappearing glaciers affecting hundreds of millions of people. Tropical rain forests dying out as ground water disappears. An accelerating overall rise in world temperatures. All this and more could be the world's fate in just a few short decades. ......"Scientists are telling us we have a very small window of time in which to act," Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "We have 10 or 15 years to turn global emissions from their current upward trend...
  • Canada wins on Commonwealth climate agreement [Statement vague and not binding]

    11/24/2007 9:28:27 AM PST · by Clive · 8 replies · 157+ views
    KAMPALA, Uganda -- Canada has successfully blocked more than 50 Commonwealth countries that were seeking a climate change resolution that would force developed countries to adopt a binding commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prime Minister Stephen Harper successfully pressed for the deletion of key wording in a climate change communique that would have specified that all members support a "binding commitment" on developed countries to reduce emissions by specific targets. Australia was the only other country to share Canada's position, but with the defeat of John Howard's government Saturday, the new Labor government was poised to ratify the Kyoto...
  • UN chief: Global warming demands action ("before it is too late.")

    09/18/2007 10:17:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 396+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/07 | Charles J. Hanley - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The science is clear and the time short, but the political will is lacking to confront global warming, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday. Ban Ki-moon said he hoped next Monday's "climate summit" here will help galvanize leaders to take action "before it is too late." Asked at a news conference about President Bush's planned separate meeting to discuss global-warming measures among a handful of countries later next week, the U.N. chief said Bush assured him it would be coordinated with the established U.N. process of negotiating climate treaty commitments among all nations. The Bush administration rejects treaty...
  • GJ mayor to attend globel-warming summit ( global warming )

    09/09/2007 6:19:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 500+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | September 08, 2007 | MIKE WIGGINS
    Grand Junction Mayor Jim Doody ... is one of 40 mayors in the country who will gather in Utah for four days beginning Sunday to learn the latest information on global warming — and what cities can do to address it. The third-annual Sundance Summit is co-hosted by actor Robert Redford’s environmental nonprofit organization, Sundance Preserve, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. “For me, personally, (it is about) being an elected official trying to balance all the growth we have here, all the great resources we have here,” Doody said. “At the...
  • UN climate chief sees variable treaty

    08/23/2007 9:51:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 228+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/07 | Arthur Max - ap
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - The treaty that will eventually replace the Kyoto Protocol on climate change could be a potpourri of legal obligations, nonbinding commitments and aid arrangements for the developing world, but each nation should choose its own course, the U.N.'s top climate official said Thursday. At the outset of a season of climate negotiations, Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said countries such as the United States are mistaken if they dismiss the Kyoto process on the grounds it is forcing them into unwanted legal commitments. "Countries themselves are in the best...
  • Pelosi: Climate change is a reality

    05/28/2007 11:16:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies · 2,057+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 28, 2007 | GEIR MOULSON
    BERLIN - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she led a congressional delegation to Greenland, where lawmakers saw "firsthand evidence that climate change is a reality," and she hoped the Bush administration would consider a new path on the issue. After meeting with German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Pelosi praised Berlin for its leadership on the issue. Her trip comes ahead of next week's Group of Eight summit and a climate change meeting next month involving the leading industrialized nations and during a time of increased debate over what should succeed the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 international treaty that caps...
  • Democrats Can Betray Their Base TooSuccesses have been mostly symbolic.

    03/21/2007 3:09:45 PM PDT · by foreshadowed at waco · 6 replies · 574+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/21/07 | Jonah Goldberg
    It’s ironic. Republicans by most accounts got trounced in the last election because they “lost their way.” The latest cover of Time even has a picture of Ronald Reagan crying like that American Indian from the old anti-pollution ads of the 1970s. Instead of roadside litter, the Gipper is supposedly looking at the GOP’s mess. How did Republicans lose their way? The cliches runneth over. They grew comfortable in power. They forgot why they were sent to Washington. They became addicted to spending. They lost touch with their constituents, their principles, their souls. Just because such statements are cliches doesn’t...
  • Climate Change: Globalist Hot Air?

    03/01/2007 12:53:07 PM PST · by verbosevet · 19 replies · 630+ views
    War Of Wits ^ | 2/3/2006 | Jayme Evans
    Lacking directly observable evidence, the IPCC must rely on the the study of paleoclimatology, the observation of tree rings and various forms of geological evidence or "proxy data", such as carbon dating, ice cores or sediment layers, along with multiple inferences about the meaning of this proxy data. The proxy data is then combined with a very limited historical record, in an attempt to support the conclusions. The problem with relying on these substitutes for hard observation, is that they tend to also have seasonal, as well as decadal variations that are, in themselves, not readily explained by modern science....
  • Report: Chirac Eyes Carbon Tax for U.S.

    02/01/2007 11:10:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 69 replies · 1,724+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | February 01, 2007 at 10:56:22 PST | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    PARIS (AP) - The United States could face possible European carbon taxes on its exports if it does not sign global climate accords, French President Jacques Chirac was quoted as saying in an interview published Thursday. "A carbon tax is inevitable," Chirac reportedly said in the interview with the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and French weekly Nouvel Observateur. Chirac urged the United States to sign the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which calls for steep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions believed to worsen global warming, the publications said. France has pushed in the past for a carbon tax on...
  • Bush Set For Climate Change U-Turn

    01/14/2007 10:31:25 AM PST · by blam · 138 replies · 2,555+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Gaby Hinsliff - Juliette Jowit - Paul Harris
    Bush set for climate change U-turn Downing Street says that belated US recognition of global warming could lead to a post-Kyoto agreement on curbing emissions Gaby Hinsliff, Juliette Jowit and Paul Harris Sunday January 14, 2007 The Observer (UK) George Bush is preparing to make a historic shift in his position on global warming when he makes his State of the Union speech later this month, say senior Downing Street officials. Tony Blair hopes that the new stance by the United States will lead to a breakthrough in international talks on climate change and that the outlines of a successor...
  • Climate Change Lemmings Jump Off The Cliff

    10/29/2006 5:12:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,170+ views
    Reason ^ | October 27, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    California signs onto Kyoto Protocol just as it falls apartRonald Bailey | October 27, 2006 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is making his own global warming treaties nowadays. He and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair have agreed to set up a scheme modeled on the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol to reduce climate warming carbon dioxide emissions. In September, the Gubernator signed legislation that promised to reduce the Golden State's emissions back to their level in 1990 by 2020—a 25 percent cut of projected emissions. To do this, the state is supposed to set up a carbon trading scheme modeled on Europe's...
  • California Emission Plan Needs Allies (Kyoto-like Global Warming Cap-And-Trade System)

    08/31/2006 9:59:10 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 391+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | September 1, 2006 | Jeffrey Ball
    California faces a tough obstacle in its efforts to curb global warming without driving away business: Success requires joining other countries, or persuading other states or the federal government to join it. Leaders of the state Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have agreed on a plan under which California would mandate a reduction in the state's emissions of the gases contributing to global warming to 1990 levels by 2020. Most groups representing big industry in California remain opposed to the plan... (snip) Central to several nascent efforts around the world to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions is a "cap and trade" system....
  • Canada's New Attitude (the West is waking up!)

    06/08/2006 3:39:29 PM PDT · by Dark Skies · 29 replies · 1,459+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/8/2006 | Paul Jackson
    One of the first things Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper did after the weekend arrests of 17 suspected Islamic terrorists in Ontario was to pick up the phone and thank President George W. Bush for American assistance in tying the alleged plot together. That was most assuredly unlike the attitude of former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who tried to sooth and smooth Canadians fears after 9/11 by telling them since Canada was a “multicultural society” they were safe from the threats of a terrorist attack. Or from the stance of Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin — Chretien’s succesor and...
  • Canada would lose credibility if it withdrew from Kyoto: briefing note ( PC Barf )

    05/13/2006 7:26:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 514+ views
    Rogers Media Inc. ^ | May 12, 2006 | DENNIS BUECKERT
    Canada would lose international credibility and the ability to influence future climate-change negotiations if it withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, say briefing documents prepared for Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay. "Given the Kyoto Protocol's international profile . . . withdrawal from the Protocol would have important foreign policy implications," says the document, marked "secret." The analysis could explain why the Conservative government has chosen to remain within the protocol despite having fought it while in opposition, and despite deeming its targets unrealistic. "Canada would also have difficulty contributing effectively to consideration of possible future commitments by the developing countries, like...
  • Ancient Climate Studies Suggest Earth On Fast Track To Global Warming

    02/17/2006 8:54:21 AM PST · by cogitator · 91 replies · 1,609+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | February 17, 2006 | Staff Writers
    Human activities are releasing greenhouse gases more than 30 times faster than the rate of emissions that triggered a period of extreme global warming in the Earth's past, according to an expert on ancient climates. "The emissions that caused this past episode of global warming probably lasted 10,000 years. By burning fossil fuels, we are likely to emit the same amount over the next three centuries," said James Zachos, professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Zachos will present his findings this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...
  • "Countries agree to extend Kyoto Protocol"

    12/10/2005 10:18:40 PM PST · by sholzer · 7 replies · 462+ views
    CABOE NETWORK-CNEWS ^ | 121005 | sholzer
    MONTREAL (CP) - Delegates from 157 countries wound up a tense, all-night negotiating session by agreeing Saturday to draft a new, long-range plan to combat climate change. The agreement, which Environment Minister Stephane Dion dubbed the Montreal Action Plan, calls for binding commitments to cut greenhouse emissions beyond 2012 when the current Kyoto Protocol expires. *** The deal does not set emissions-reductions targets for developing countries like China and India, but provides mechanisms through which they can get access to clean technology and financing for climate-friendly projects. *** Delegates praised Canada for hosting the conference and Dion for guiding the...
  • Clinton tells dioplomats Bush "flat wrong" on greenhouse gases

    12/09/2005 12:57:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 96 replies · 1,664+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 9, 2005 | Charles J. Hanley
    Associated Press MONTREAL – Former President Clinton told a global audience of diplomats, environmentalists and others today that the Bush administration is "flat wrong" in claiming that reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to fight global warming would damage the U.S. economy. With a "serious disciplined effort" to develop energy-saving technology, he said, "we could meet and surpass the Kyoto targets in a way that would strengthen and not weaken our economies." Clinton, a champion of the Kyoto Protocol, the existing emissions-controls agreement opposed by the Bush administration, spoke in the final hours of a two-week U.N. climate conference at which Washington has...
  • Thousands (of whackjobs are) expected to 'Walk Against Warming'

    12/02/2005 6:52:33 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 19 replies · 399+ views
    ABC ^ | 3 December | Jennifer Macey
    Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets across Australia today calling on the Government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. The "Walk Against Warming" is happening around the world as part of an international day of action to coincide with UN climate change talks in Montreal. One-hundred and eighty countries are meeting in the Canadian city, but as Jennifer Macey reports, Australia's failure to ratify the Kyoto Protocol could leave it excluded from much of the debate.