U.S. wrecks climate talks

At COP13 in Bali the US have held their line until the EU caved on targets of a 25% to 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020. Why is this being reported as the US making a U-turn? They signed up when they had wrecked it as much as they could.

I read in a Canadian paper how Canada was playing a mediating role between the US and the EU. How parochial, outside of Canada they are reported as being one of the wreckers, along with the US and Japan.

And what do we hear in the Australian press? Australia is playing a mediating role. OK, I don’t expect much from our press, but why is Don Henry from the Australian Conservation Foundation saying that ‘Australia is going to need to move into a leadership role in these international negotiations’? The Australian government is part of the problem, not the solution. It’s the EU who are pushing for targets, while Rudd is trying to finesse the issue.

All the talk is now about COP15 in Copenhagen in December 2009. COP14 in twelve months time in Poland seems to be a write off already. Looks like the world leaders are going to wait until the US has a new President in Jan 2009 before making an agreement. No reason to rush this, I suppose. It’s not like we have deadlines or anything.


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