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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:57 AM

Climate talks: UN forum extends Kyoto Protocol to 2020

Source: 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.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20653018

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muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 OP
Uncle Joe Dec 2012 #1
RobertEarl Dec 2012 #2
Hestia Dec 2012 #3
CRH Dec 2012 #5
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Pterodactyl Dec 2012 #6

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:04 PM

1. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, muriel_volestrangler.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:16 PM

2. Never ratified?

Why haven't we ratified the Kyodo protocols meant to head-off climate change?

What the hell is wrong with us?

What Should Obama do?

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:52 PM

3. Obama now has the chance to sign it, and with a flourish, sticking it to big

lobbyists for coal, gas, and oil industries. Everyone knows that Kyoto is and will be the ultimate arbiter of global warming, but it does get the world on the same page to really discuss global warming. Look at Germany, 60% of power is clean energy. They paid for it with a surtax that guarantees, and pays for, to bring everyone over to renewable's. It was done in the middle of the night, with no discussion. Chris Hayes had a really good this a.m. about this conversation. (I just wish they would have on half as many commercials. I am sick of the conversation being cut off due to a sponsored break.)

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Response to Hestia (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:19 PM

5. Actually Obama can't ratify, needs a Senate vote.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:17 PM

4. Ratification failed in the Senate 98-0 in 1998. n/t

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:38 PM

6. It's actually Clinton's and Gore's fault.

Clinton never delivered it to the senate for ratification and the senate passed a resolution saying it would not pass. Clinton failed to lead on this and Gore, as VP and president of the senate, failed, too. Now we're reaping what we have sown with super storms like Sandy and Bopha.

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