The EU proposes climate change deal to steal more taxpayer money.
Added: October 16, 2009
- Has Anyone Read the Copenhagen Agreement? U.N. plans for a new ‘world government’ are scary (The Wall Street Journal):
“We can only hope that world leaders will do nothing more than enjoy a pleasant bicycle ride around the charming streets of Copenhagen come December. For if they actually manage to wring out an agreement based on the current draft text of the Copenhagen climate-change treaty, the world is in for some nasty surprises. Draft text, you say? If you haven’t heard about it, that’s because none of our otherwise talkative political leaders have bothered to tell us what the drafters have already cobbled together for leaders to consider. And neither have the media.”
“So far there have been more than a million hits on the YouTube post of his address. It deserves millions more because Lord Monckton warns that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty is to set up a transnational “government” on a scale the world has never before seen.”
Greenpeace has been taken over a long time ago.
The European Union proposed on Friday that rich countries should give developing nations up to €50bn ($74bn) a year by 2020 to help them fight climate change but stopped short of stating how much the 27-nation bloc was willing to contribute.
After a two-day summit, EU leaders said the support by rich countries should begin with an annual €5bn-€7bn from 2010 to 2012 in “fast-start” finance.
The failure to say how much the EU would offer and how it would divide costs among its 27 member states means Europe continues to lack a detailed negotiating position for December’s global climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Environmentalist groups were disappointed. “The EU failed to use this opportunity to put its money where its mouth is,” said Joris den Blanken, Greenpeace’s EU climate policy director. “But all is not lost. Today 27 of the world’s richest nations have backed global funding to tackle climate change in developing countries.”
One participant at the summit blamed the EU caution on a handful of countries which, he said, “are already anticipating a failure at Copenhagen”.
The European Commission, backed by countries such as Denmark and Finland, contended that the EU risked tarnishing its reputation as a world leader in the fight against climate change if it did not commit itself to a specific amount of aid for poor countries.
Germany was adamant that the EU should not make explicit promises until it knew what would be on offer from other rich countries, principally the US, and what efforts would be made by China and other advanced developing nations.
Poland also led a camp of nine less well-off EU countries, all once under communist rule, which opposed making a precise financial offer until they knew how much they would be obliged to pay.
In a concession to this group, EU leaders agreed that governments would be free to contribute on a voluntary basis to the “fast-start” funds that may be transferred to developing countries over the next three years.
The EU proposal would have to be supplemented with large flows of finance from the private sector, as the European Commission estimates that poor countries will require €100bn a year by 2020 to cut emissions and adapt to the effects of warming.
The summit came as ministers from two of Asia’s tiger economies have said worries about climate change must not compromise business
Speaking weeks before South Korea is due to set a voluntary target for carbon emissions, Seoul’s minister responsible for industry said that the country was moving too quickly in its effort to reduce pollution.
“We are going too fast,” Choi Kyung-hwan, minister of knowledge economy, was quoted as saying by the official Yonhap news agency on the topic of reining in emissions.
“We should examine how many jobs will be lost and whether the competitiveness of major industries can be maintained.”
Additional reporting by Christian Oliver in Seoul and Sumathi Bala in Singapore
30 Oct 2009 10:40pm
By Tony Barber in Brussels
Source: The Financial Times
- Ron Paul: Global Warming Petition Signed by 31,478 Scientists (Lew Rockwell)
- Global warming alarmists out in cold (Herald Sun)
- Nobody listens to the real climate change experts (The Telegraph)
- Climate ‘denial’ is now a mental disorder (Telegraph)
- Japan’s boffins: Global warming isn’t man-made (The Register)
- World is getting colder: It’s the sun, not CO2, that’s to blame (Washington Times)
- Scientists find greenhouse gas hysteria to be myth (World Net Daily)
- 2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved (Telegraph)
- World might be heading towards Ice Age (Economic Times)
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