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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:07 AM
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Climate Talks Heat Toward Compromise Deal
Source: Associated Press

Climate Talks Head Toward Compromise Deal

AP Special Correspondent

BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- The U.S. and Europe headed toward a compromise solution Friday at the U.N. climate conference, breaking a deadlock over how ambitious the goal should be in negotiating future cutbacks in global warming gases, the German environment minister said.

"I think the situation is good ... and we will have success in the end," Sigmar Gabriel told reporters, declining to give details of the talks. "We are sure we are able to reach an agreement." The outcome may help determine how high the planet's temperatures rise for decades to come.

In the final day of the two-week conference, delegates sparred over the wording of a conference final document until 2:30 a.m.. Drafters then retired to craft new formulations in contentious passages - most notably the European Union's suggestion of a goal of emissions reductions from 25 percent to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Trying to break the deadlock, Indonesia's Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar - the conference president - later proposed revised language dropping those mid-range numbers, but still reaffirming that emissions should be reduced at least by half by 2050. The U.N. climate chief, Yvo de Boer, told reporters the mid-range 25-to-40 percent was implicit - "an inevitable stop on that road" - in the 50 percent goal for midcentury.

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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:16 AM
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1. Seems to me that Bush is getting his way
The EU has been pressing for the final text to include a specific commitment that industrialised nations should cut their emissions by 25-40% by 2020.

The US and Canada oppose firm cuts - and a draft text circulating around contains no figures for 2020.

The Indonesian hosts have been trying to bridge the gulf between the sides

The apparent compromise draft does contain an acceptance that greenhouse gases need to be stabilised by the end of the next decade, and that rich nations should play the major part in the effort.

'No figures' is what Bush wants - just an "oh, we ought to do something about it, but we won't commit to anything" placatory mumble.

We need a new summit in 2009 - when someone with the guts and intelligence to plan beyond the next election cycle is in the White House. This could be a worse policy of his than invading Iraq, in the long term.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:48 AM
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2. again
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:34 AM
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3. But soon, George will have a reallyreallyreally cool climate meeting of his VERY OWN!
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 09:35 AM by hatrack
He'll talk about fuel cells, and he'll talk about hydrogen, and he'll talk about the Mother Of All Miracle Climate Solutions, TECHNOLOGY!

It's gonna be REALLYREALLYCOOL!!!!!!!
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