Thursday, 4 December 2014

USA VOTERS TO DECIDE THE FATE OF THE CLIMATE TREATY

That is the message of this article. It appears that Obama wants to sign up to a kind of voluntary deal with nations free to decide how they reach their targets. It sounds like a fudge in which no one will get what they want. Here are some interesting extracts from the piece:

"For the developing world, however, the climate negotiations have always been about how much money they get. From the outset, the talks were predicated on massive aid transfers from north to south."

"Obama-style deep decarbonization of the global economy would require that developed countries pay twice over—once to decarbonize their own economies and a second time for developing ones."

It's well worth reading, and heartening in a way, as it points out that it won't work.

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