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Tensions prevailed at the climate talks at Copenhagen today, as Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and China premier Wen Jiabao walked out of the summit along with their respective delegations, as talks failed.
The principle of common but differentiated responsibility must be adhered to and developed countries must honour their commitments, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao said at the climate meet.
He also said that China takes the issue of climate change “very seriously”, and regards it as an important strategic task. He vowed that China will not only achieve but exceed its voluntary climate action targets.
US president Barack Obama says at the Copenhagen meet, “It is in our mutual interest to achieve a global climate accord. There is no time to waste, we should act, not talk.”
Obama said he was all for a mechanism to monitor emission reduction actions, exchange of information and transparency. He added that this should not be intrusive or impinge upon sovereignty.
Obama said finance to developing nations is a must, and referred to America’s pledge to raise USD100 billion by 2020, but he asserted that it will be done “only if” it is part of a broader accord. “Mitigation, transparency, finance – it is a clear format,” he concluded.
Prime minister Manmohan Singh in his speech said, “Parties to Kyoto Protocol should deliver on their commitments for emission cuts.” He added, “India has vital stake in the success of negotiations, as we are likely to be among the most affected by climate change.”
The prime minister promised that India will deliver on its voluntary target of reducing the emission intensity of GDP growth by around 20% by 2020, as compared to 2005, regardless of the outcome of the Copenhagen Conference.
“We can do even more if a supporting global climate regime is in place,” he said.
He concluded, “We have a difficult task ahead of us. I hope we will play a positive and constructive role so that we bridge our differences and come out with a balanced and an equitable outcome in the coming years. India will not be found wanting in this.”
“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,”
(Obama told DeFazio during a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus, according to members afterward)
US president offers no further commitment on reducing emissions or on finance to poor countries
Guardian – Suzanne Goldenberg and Allegra Stratton in Copenhagen
But his speech offered no indication America was ready to embrace bold measures, after world leaders had been working desperately against the clock to try to paper over an agreement to prevent two years of wasted effort — and a 10-day meeting — from ending in total collapse.
Obama, who had been skittish about coming to Copenhagen at all unless it could be cast as a foreign policy success, looked visibly frustrated as he appeared before world leaders.
He offered no further commitments on reducing emissions or on finance to poor countries beyond Hillary Clinton’s announcement yesterday that America would support a $100bn global fund to help developing nations adapt to climate change.
He did not even press the Senate to move ahead on climate change legislation, which environmental organisations have been urging for months.
The president’s speech followed the publication of draft text, obtained by the Guardian this morning, that reveals the enormous progress needed from world leaders in the final hours of the Copenhagen climate change summit to achieve a strong deal. The draft says countries “ought” to limit global warming to 2C, but crucially does not bind them to do so. The text, drafted by a select group of 28 leaders – including UK prime minister, Gordon Brown – in the early hours of this morning, also proposes extending negotiations for another year until the next scheduled UN meeting on climate change in Mexico City in December 2010.
In his address, Obama did say America would follow through on his administration’s clean energy agenda, and that it would live up to its pledges to the international community.
“We have charted our course, we have made our commitments, and we will do what we say,” Obama said.
But in the absence of any evidence of that commitment the words rang hollow and there was a palpable sense of disappointment in the audience.
Instead, he warned African states and low island nations who have been resisting what they see as a weak agreement that the later alternative — no agreement — was far worse.
“We know the fault lines because we’ve been imprisoned by them for years. But here is the bottom line: we can embrace this accord, take a substantial step forward, and continue to refine it and build upon its foundation,” he said.
“Or we can again choose delay, falling back into the same divisions that have stood in the way of action for years. And we will be back having the same stale arguments month after month, year after year – all while the danger of climate change grows until it is irreversible.”
He also took a dig at China, drawing attention to its status as the world’s biggest emitter and reinforcing America’s hardline on the issue of accountability for greenhouse gas emissions.
The lacklustre speech proved a huge frustration to a summit that had been looking to Obama to use his stature on the world stage – and his special following among African leaders – to try to come to an ambitious deal.
The president was drawn into the chaos within minutes of his arrival at Copenhagen, ditching his schedule to take part in a meeting of major industrialised and rapidly emerging economies.
Responding to Obama’s speech, a British official said: “Gordon Brown is committed to doing all he can and will stay until the very last minute to secure a deal… but others also need to show the same level of commitment. The prospects of a deal are not great.”
Many reactions were strongly critical of Obama. Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela, described Obama’s speech as “ridiculous” and the US’s initial offer of a $10bn fund for poor countries in the draft text as “a joke”…]
SI KECIL BARRY BERMAIN BERSAMA IBUNYA ANN DI DAERAH MENTENG INI. DIA TUMBUH DEWASA DAN MENJADI PRESIDEN AMERIKA SERIKAT KE 44 DAN PENERIMA NOBEL PERDAMAIAN.
A YOUNG BOY NAMED BARRY PLAYED WITH HIS MOTHER ANN IN THE MENTING AREA. HE GREW UP TO BECOME THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER BARACK OBAMA.
Source: Yes, But, However!
A discussion of the November 2009 Climatic Research Unit e-mail hacking incident, referred to by some sources as “Climategate,” continues against the backdrop of the abortive UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) discussing alternative agreements to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that aimed to combat global warming.
The incident involved an e-mail server used by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, East England. Unknown persons stole and anonymously disseminated thousands of e-mails and other documents dealing with the global-warming issue made over the course of 13 years.
Controversy arose after various allegations were made including that climate scientists colluded to withhold scientific evidence and manipulated data to make the case for global warming appear stronger than it is.
Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.
The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory.
Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports.
Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.
The data of stations located in areas not listed in the Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature UK (HadCRUT) survey often does not show any substantial warming in the late 20th century and the early 21st century.
The HadCRUT database includes specific stations providing incomplete data and highlighting the global-warming process, rather than stations facilitating uninterrupted observations.
On the whole, climatologists use the incomplete findings of meteorological stations far more often than those providing complete observations.
IEA analysts say climatologists use the data of stations located in large populated centers that are influenced by the urban-warming effect more frequently than the correct data of remote stations.
The scale of global warming was exaggerated due to temperature distortions for Russia accounting for 12.5% of the world’s land mass. The IEA said it was necessary to recalculate all global-temperature data in order to assess the scale of such exaggeration.
Global-temperature data will have to be modified if similar climate-date procedures have been used from other national data because the calculations used by COP15 analysts, including financial calculations, are based on HadCRUT research.
h/t: Climate Audit: IEA: Hadley Center “probably tampered with Russian
Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) Report (Russian)(PDF)
Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) Report (English)(PDF)(21 PAGES)
Fox News – by: William La Jeunesse
The leading global warming skeptic in the U.S. Senate shocked reporters in Copenhagen with a dose of American reality with his prediction Thursday morning that the U.S. Senate will not pass a carbon ‘cap and trade’ bill, regardless of the commitment President Obama is expected to make here tomorrow.
“I am here to make sure the 190 countries here don’t go home with the false impression,” said sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. “The United States is not going to pass cap and trade. It just isn’t going to happen. Its chances are zero.”
Inhofe said just 25 Senators would support the type of carbon reduction bill already passed in the House.
Democratic leaders, including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., disagree, and predict the Senate will pass such a bill this spring.
Surrounded by reporters from around the world, including many who believe global warming is real, Inhofe often looked like a lamb on his way to slaughter.
One reporter asked Inhofe “What do you tell the children who have to live in a nightmare world. What should we tell them about your country being a heroin addict on fossil fuel? Answer the question!”
“Most of you are on the far left side, so listen closely. I contend the consensus is not there, and it wasn’t there prior to Climate-gate.”
“Nothing binding will come out of here in my opinion, and if it does it will be rejected by the American people.”
Inhofe is the second member of congress to arrive in Copenhagen. Kerry addressed reporters last night and got a standing ovation inside the Bella Convention Center. By contrast, Inhofe was mobbed inside the press center and was not offered a speaking slot.
Some 40 members of congress are expected to arrive later today. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., will address the press in the afternoon. No Republicans appear to have been extended the same invitation.
Meanwhile, the U.S. extended a $100 billion carrot to the rest of world Thursday, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in Copenhagen the United States is willing to commit up to $10 billion a year by 2012. Clinton also pledged support for a global fund of $100 billion a year to help developing nations deal with climate change, provided the nations here are willing live up to the ‘transparency’ demanded by the U.S.
Clinton said the money was “conditional.” Clinton’s words were directed at China, which has refused to meet the monitoring and verification requirements requested by the US when it comes to promises of carbon reductions.
Clinton, who is one of six cabinet members accompanying Obama to the climate summit, said climate change “is an undeniable and unforgiving fact.” And the U.S. was willing to work with other nations to reduce c02 emissions, but any agreement here must have “full transparency.”
Critics have accused the U.S. of trying to ‘buy’ support for a climate treaty that meets U.S. approval. On Wednesday, negotiators from Britain and the developing nations came to agree on the $100 billion figure by 2020, a reduction from $400 billion African and the poorest nations had previously insisted upon.
Politico – By GLENN THRUSH & LOUISE ROUG
COPENHAGEN — As President Barack Obama jetted off to save the climate talks Thursday night, his allies at home and overseas were engaged in another rescue mission of sorts: guarding his prestige from taking a hit if the talks flop.
Obama’s aides have spent weeks tamping down expectations that he can be the decisive factor at COP-15, going so far as to schedule his visit during the doldrums of the conference’s first week until a backlash forced them to reschedule him for an appearance at Friday’s finale.
On Thursday night, senior administration officials touted the day’s modest progress after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered an American commitment to a $100 billion-a-year fund for developing nations in exchange for China’s flexibility on emissions monitoring.
But they also offered a litany of very real perils that could still scuttle a deal, including continuing negotiations over emissions inspections with China and the fight by poorer countries to preserve the Kyoto Protocol.
“Today was a more productive, a more constructive day in large part due to the announcement Secretary Clinton made,” said a senior administration official, quickly adding, “It’s still a very challenging task, and it’s impossible at this point to anticipate where this will end up.”
At a time when he’s juggling several political chain saws — health care reform, a Wall Street overhaul, a jobless and joyless recovery — a humiliating setback in Denmark could hobble Obama.
That his aides would seek to lower expectations for Copenhagen is a no-brainer. What’s more surprising is the degree to which the Europeans — and even some activists in American nongovernmental organizations — also realize that a damaged Obama hurts their agenda in the international arena and in Congress.
During the past two weeks here, international NGOs gathered each day to give a “Fossil of the Day” award to the country that was doing the most to hurt environmental efforts. American groups fought to keep the United States and Obama from getting the dishonor, according to one activist who took part in the fight.
Eventually, the United States was given the fossil award, but not without an argument, said the activist — who is publicly critical of Obama and his environmental policies.
That sense of protectiveness is even more pronounced in Europe, where the president has a seemingly inexhaustible well of goodwill, enjoying a 77 percent approval rate, according to a September poll by The German Marshall Fund.
Cuban News Service
HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 17 (acn) Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday proposed a world referendum on climate change during his speech at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that is underway in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Speaking to the plenary of the summit, Morales said that discussing the effects of global warming and not the causes is hypocritical.
Prensa Latina news agency reports that the new initiative of the Bolivian leader includes five questions that all citizens of the world should answer to determine the steps that governments should take.
The questions suggested by Evo Morales are the following: Should the civil society be in harmony with nature? Should the excessive consumerist habits of today’s world be changed? Should the emission of polluting gases be reduced to 1%? Should today’s huge military budgets be earmarked for the fight against climate change? And, should there be an International Court of Justice to defend Mother Earth?
The Bolivian head of state, who said that rich countries should pay climate change reparations, added: “Our objective is to save humanity and not just half of humanity. We are here to save Mother Earth.” “The real cause of climate change is the capitalist system. If we want to save the earth then we must end that economic model. Capitalism wants to address climate change with carbon markets. We denounce those markets and the countries which [promote them]. It’s time to stop making money from the disgrace that they have perpetrated,” he continued.
“Let’s eradicate poverty and bring in climate justice. If capitalism resists we have to do battle with it. If we do not, then mankind, the greatest creation in the universe, will disappear,” he concluded.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he “still” smelled sulfur after President Obama made a keynote speech at the Copenhagen climate conference Friday, accusing the American president of carrying same satanic Chavez believes followed Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.
Fox News – Daniela Sicuranza
Chavez, who was not included on the original list of speakers for the final day of the summit, ended the proceedings with bitter references to the Peace Prize-winning Obama as the “Nobel Prize of War.”
“The Nobel Prize of War just finished saying here that he is here to act. Well, show it sir. Don’t leave by the back door,” he said.
Three years after Chavez likened Bush to the devil during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the socialist strongman tore into Obama, claiming Friday that “it still smells like sulfur in the world.”
Assembled world leaders cheered on Chavez Wednesday during his first, scheduled speech, a ringing attack on all things capitalist that earned him standing ovations from leaders of the Third World.
Chavez berated developed nations for creating an “imperial dictatorship” that rules the world and urging his audience to “fight against capitalism,” the “silent and terrible ghost” that was haunting the elegant conference chambers in the Danish capital.
“I promise I won’t talk more than others have talked this afternoon,” he said at the start of a rambling, 25-minute diatribe that outshot other speakers by a full 20 minutes. In the wide-ranging speech, he called capitalism the “road to hell” responsible for poverty, murder, AIDS — and even unfair climate agreements, the Toronto Star reported.
Calling on spiritual leaders as varied as Jesus, Muhammad and Karl Marx, Chavez bellowed that climate discussions were going on behind closed doors and draft agreements remained “top secret.”
“The text presented is not democratic or inclusive,” said Chavez, who has made it a practice in his native Venezuela to close opposition newspapers, radio stations and TV networks, and jails dissident politicians on spurious charges.
“It’s not democratic, it’s not inclusive. Well, ladies and gentlemen, isn’t that the reality of the world? Are we really in a democratic world?”
Chavez regularly regales a captive audience of millions of Venezuelans on his weekly “Alo Presidente” talk shows, the marathon TV and radio sessions that give him space to rail against the bourgeoisie, excoriate the U.S. and even sing a ballad when the mood strikes.
By comparison, his Copenhagen screeds were brief, but were certainly gobbled up by many delegates in attendance who let out a nervous laugh as he attacked President Obama.
“I think Obama isn’t here yet,” he said Wednesday. “He got the Nobel Peace Prize almost the same day as he sent 30,000 soldiers off to kill innocent people in Afghanistan.
But the commandante did manage to address climate change itself, warning of the dangers posed by the failure to rein in carbon emissions and give aid to the Third World…]
NetRight Nation Blog – Written by Carter Clews
With his sell-out late last week on the cap & trade bill in the U.S. Senate, Lindsey Olin Graham officially established himself as “The Watermelon Man.”
Green on the outside, pink on the inside, Graham will now serve as the pusillanimous poster boy for the amorphous mush that emerges when a Washington politician has soaked up far too much Potomac swamp water.
Adding insult to injury, The Watermelon Man got thumped by fellow Senator John Kerry, who convinced the diminutive Carolinian to co-sponsor the ruinous cap and trade bill by promising to let America drill for a little bit of its own oil and build a couple of nuclear power plants here and there. We hasten to add that rumors about the gullible Graham also buying into Kerry’s promises to walk on water and build a swing set on the moon have not yet been confirmed.
It is almost impossible to overstate the damage Graham has done across the board by sleeping with the enemy on this draconian socialistic measure. Not only has he increased the chances of the once-moribund bill’s passage by giving it bipartisan cover, he has also served notice on the American people that he has now become nothing more than a carbon-obsessed copy of all that he once pretended to oppose.
Like Marley’s Ghost, cap and trade was dead. Average, everyday Americans knew that it was government control in extremis. That it would give the greedy, grasping Washington political elite despotic dominion over the very air we breathe – and empower them to exact an onerous tax on every breath we take.
So, they told the politicians to back off, to stop scaring the children with dumbed-up stories about the earth on the brink of a fiery demise, and to cease making believe the carbon extant since the beginning of time had somehow transmogrified itself into the Deadly Creature from the Industrial Lagoon.
For once, the politicians, ever fearful of losing their plush offices and lavish perqs, listened. And then came The Watermelon Man.
Ever eager to cotton favor with the Far Left, a supine Lindsey Graham put his name on a bill that could open the door to the most massive government takeover since the founding of the Republic. Once Big Government’s gluttonous oligarchs arrogate to themselves the power to tax carbon emissions, they will at long last have achieved their coveted objective of controlling every aspect of the average Americans’ daily life…
… And that will be the legacy of Lindsay Olin Graham. Ironically, the largest watermelon ever grown also originated in South Carolina. The world record Carolina Cross, as it is called, weighed in at a whopping 262 pounds. The pint-sized South Carolina cross who colluded with the Pecksniffian John Kerry probably weighs in at no more than 130 pounds soak and wet. But, The Watermelon Man has now set a world record for betraying the trust of the American people.
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