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CLIMATE CHANGE LAME DUCK? May 27, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.
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George Bush may have the support of 38% of potential voters, he may be involved in a disastrous, costly war in Iraq, his administration may be widely seen as incompetent, but he, so it seems, is far from been a lame duck. His political opponents have agreed to continue to fund his Iraq war, for reasons that a political rather than moral. Juan Cole explains what the political calculations involved are all about . Now it seems he is able to effectively negate proposals before the G8, the club of the world’s wealthiest nations to set emission targets and raise overall energy efficiencies by 20% by 2020.

The G8 is due to meet from 6-8 June in Germany. The United States has refused to accept the draft statement proposed by the German Government.

The Washington Post reports:

“The U.S. still has serious, fundamental concerns about this draft statement,” a paper dated May 14 states. “The treatment of climate change runs counter to our overall position and crosses multiple ‘red lines’ in terms of what we simply cannot agree to. . . . We have tried to ‘tread lightly’ but there is only so far we can go given our fundamental opposition to the German position.”

The most recent draft, dated May 24, shows that the two sides remain at loggerheads. While Germany has offered to alter language identifying a rise in global temperature of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit as a dangerous tipping point and instead to accept a Russian proposal that targets a range from 2.7 to 4.5 degrees, the United States has yet to accept the modified language.

The United States also remains opposed to a statement that reads, “We acknowledge that the U.N. climate process is an appropriate forum for negotiating future global action on climate change.”

This response by the US Administration is unchanged from earlier occasions. They do not act, or feel the need to act, like a democratic government.

And then consider the rumours and speculation that they are proposing a nuclear strike on Iran. As others might have observed before it is not so much a lame duck president as a lame brain one.

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