Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Outrage at Copenhagen: Leaked Agreement

Still not convinced after Climategate that this is all a huge political money and power grab? Just read this article. If this was such a manmade crisis in which the U.S., U.K., and Denmark REALLY believed, do you think they'd be making secret deals to RAISE carbon allotments at the expense of lesser nations?

It's almost laughable what a joke all this is.

The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN's role in all future climate change negotiations.

The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.

The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as "the circle of commitment" – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.

The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol's principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act.

[From Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after 'Danish text' leak | Environment | The Guardian ]