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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:12 PM
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Global Warming - American Farce, Global Tragedy
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 09:16 PM by hatrack
Even a seasoned political operator like Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair will have found it difficult to swallow the relative failure of this year's Group of Eight summit meeting to produce any significant movement on the issue of climate change. Blair began his campaign for a different outcome more than a year ago. When he took over the presidency of the G8 group of most industrialised countries at the end of last year's summit in the United States, he made it clear that achieving a political consensus on the need to move forward would be one of the top priorities of his term of office (the other being the need to tackle poverty in Africa).

But the odds were stacked against him from the beginning. The main target of Blair's efforts has been the United States, or rather the Republican administration led by president George W. Bush. And the administration, reflecting deep scepticism among a large swathe of US voters towards any international agreement that could impinge on its energy-intensive lifestyle, has seen little reason to shift its position. British negotiators remained optimistic, at least on the surface, in the months leading up to this year's meeting at the beginning of July in Gleneagles, Scotland. There was hope that at a minimum the United States could be persuaded to sign up to a document that committed developed countries to significantly increase their expenditure on climate-related research, particularly in the field of non-renewable energy.

Even this proved to be too much for the US administration, apparently averse to making any kind of financial commitment that, in its eyes, would bind its hand in its dealings with Congress. So the commitment to boosting energy research was watered down, as was a section on managing the impact of climate change, which had talked about the resulting floods, droughts, crop failures and rising sea levels.

The final communiqué merely states that the G8 leaders recognise the need for "increased commitment to international cooperation in and coordination of research and development of energy technologies". They also pledge "to continue to take forward research, development and diffusion of energy technologies", with a particular emphasis on the use of hydrogen as an "energy carrier" -- a favourite topic of Bush.

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http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=245902&a...
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halfcourttrap Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-05 02:15 PM
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1. WE THE DU can push OUR OWN BIG Solution
Edited on Sun Jul-24-05 02:16 PM by halfcourttrap
Hey everyone...still pretty new to posting here at the DU...but this post hits the HEART of our International Perception/Cooperation Problems....The world has always expected some Innovation from America...it how we got to where we are at economically...
THERE IS NOW A FRESH NEW PLAN THAT "PROGRESSIVE PLAYERS" CAN GRAB A HOLD OF! It is the E-192 Plan (link at the bottom)....
This proposed initiative cuts straight through all the Jibber Jabber, and straight to a course of action that we take that Originates Environmentally, but serves to benefit us exponentially in the areas of International Relations, Education (College Level), Our ECONOMY, and so many other ways...
I am seeing exactly what you see as far as American Complacentcy... But E-192, if implemented (Which COULD HAPPEN VERY SOON IF THERE IS A LOUD UPROAR) will have America and the other 7 G-8 Nations contribute to a 2-Sided, All Inclusive, Environmental Technology/Method Advancement COMPETITION! The budget is concise for the E-192 plan ($200 billion USD over 5 years...We as America would contribute $12 billion/year for 5 years ($60 billion) each other G-8 Nation contributes $4 billion/year for 5 years ($20 billion)....In the end 6 "richer" nations & 6"poorer" nations of all 192 nations will take home billions of $$ for their "Winning" Technologies/Developments....
This E-192 Initiative comes pretty much from thin air...just a grassroots effort that has begun July '05 in the great Pacific Northwest, and we hope will sweep this nation!
MOST OF ALL IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK OUT THE SITE AND THE E-192 INITIATIVE, ----COME BACK AND POST HERE IF YOU SEE ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL WITH SUCH A COURSE OF ACTION! (AND COME BACK TO BRAG ABOUT THE BENEFITS!)

COME on you Progressive Ballers....Let's Get With IT, THIS IS THE FIGHT FOR THE GAME OF OUR LIVES!
HEY YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
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