Re: [carfree_cities] How America Plotted to Stop Kyoto Deal
- On Dec 9, 2005, at 7:12 AM, J.H. Crawford wrote:
> Published on Thursday, December 8, 2005 by the Independent / UKI think many participants in the conference are well aware of the
> How America Plotted to Stop Kyoto Deal
> by Andrew Buncombe
> A detailed and disturbing strategy document has revealed an
> extraordinary American plan to destroy Europe's support for the
> Kyoto treaty on climate change. (...)
obstructionism of the current US administration and see it as perhaps
a potentially dangerous sand bank in the river, but one that can be
steered around for the moment in the hope that a more sensible set of
multilateralist interlocutors will replace them three years from now.
It is certainly clear that other groups and many state governments in
the US are way ahead of the White House clique on climate change issues.
Here is an article in today's Montreal Gazette:
U.S. said to be deeply angered by Martin's comments at climate
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Canada's Industry Minister Pierre Pettigrew, right, speaks with an
aide before addressing the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
(CP PHOTO/Ryan Remiorz)
Dennis Bueckert, Canadian Press
Published: Thursday, December 08, 2005
MONTREAL (CP) - With one day of talks to go at the UN climate
conference, desperate efforts to draw the United States into the
global effort to curb greenhouse emissions appear to have hit a brick
wall, and Prime Minister Paul Martin is being blamed.
An official with close contacts in the U.S. delegation said any hopes
of drawing Washington into the process were killed when Martin
pointed a finger of blame at the United States in a news briefing at
"That was a big mistake," said the delegate, speaking on condition of
anonymity Thursday. He said the U.S. delegation, which is directed
from Washington by Vice-President Dick Cheney, was deeply angered by
In his comments Wednesday, Martin called on all nations to join the
global effort to fight climate change, adding: "To the reticent
nations, including the United States, I say there is stuch a thing as
a global conscience, and now is the time to listen to it."
It is not clear that the United States would have agreed to
participate in new climate talks in any case, said the official, but
chances now have been reduced to zero.
In this context it is expected the U.S. will veto a new Canadian-
inspired proposal calling for further talks within the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
The United States is party to the UNFCC although it has not ratified
the Kyoto Protocol.
Experts say there can be no realistic hope of controlling climate
change unless there are deeper cuts after 2012, beyond the 5.2 per
cent reduction required in the existing Kyoto Prototcol.
They also say the international effort will be doomed without the
participation of the United States, which accounts for about a
quarter of global greenhouse emissions.
Environmentalists have been arguing that Kyoto countries should
forget about trying to engage the current U.S. administration while
waiting for a more sympathetic regime. They cheered Martin's remarks,
which were a big topic of conversation Thursday.
"I think it will come to be seen as a historic speech," said Bill
Hare of Greenpeace International. "I really think it was a very, very
powerful statement from a main political leader."
The White House is likely to be further angered by news that former
U.S. president Bill Clinton will address the conference on Friday at
the invitation of the City of Montreal.
Clinton was a major supporter of the Kyoto Protocol while president,
although his successor George W. Bush pulled out of the accord soon
after taking power.
The visit was arranged on the initiative of Elizabeth May, executive
director of the Sierra Club of Canada, who has known Clinton since
working on one of his campaigns in the 1970s.
Although Clinton's speech is officially designated as a "side event"
to the conference, it is expected to take place in the main
conference hall, allowing thousands of delegates from around the
world to attend.
Despite the U.S. reaction, Canadian delegates were upbeat Thursday,
noting that a committee had reached consensus on a proposal for
further talks within the Kyoto Protocol. Those talks would exclude
the United States.
The United States is entitled to participate in the conference
because it has ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCC). It is not entitled to participate in negotiations under the
Kyoto Protocol, which it has not ratified.
© The Canadian Press 2005
The article can be read online here:
Montreal QC Canada
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