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Friday, December 09, 2005

Polluting the path

Al-Jazeera reports an intriguing development:

"The Inuit people of the Arctic have filed a landmark human rights complaint against the US, blaming the world's No 1 carbon polluter for stoking the global warming that is destroying their habitat."

There is increasing boldness in holding the US to account. It's hard not to be highly cynical when reading this:

"Lobbyists funded by the US oil industry have launched a campaign in Europe aimed at derailing efforts to tackle greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.

"Documents obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian reveal a systematic plan to persuade European business, politicians and the media that the EU should abandon its commitments under the Kyoto protocol, the international agreement that aims to reduce emissions that lead to global warming. The disclosure comes as United Nations climate change talks in Montreal on the future of Kyoto, the first phase of which expires in 2012, enter a critical phase."

Yet another example of a rogue state leading by example.

10 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

It's called looking for a politically popular deep pocket. Why don't they go after the Indians or the Chinese or the Russkies?

Europe was missing its Kyoto targets for ages anyway. For them it's better to feel and say the right things than to do anything...

Friday, December 09, 2005 10:39:00 am  
Blogger tim maguire said...

And another thing: the US--unlike the EU--has been significantly REDUCING its greenhouse gas emissions. It's not hard to be "highly cynical" when one is also highly ignorant.

Friday, December 09, 2005 10:49:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Oooops, my mistake. Bush is, in fact, a friend of the environment. Apologies.
Just like Iraq is "liberated."

Friday, December 09, 2005 10:53:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

"Oooh, so Mother Nature needs a favor?! Well maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys! Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because she’s losing. Well I say, hard cheese!"--Montgomery Burns

Friday, December 09, 2005 11:19:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Ignorance, thy name is is Ignatius.

The US has not been reducing anything. Under Kyoto, countries were all given credits for greenhouse emissions based on typical output. Since Kyoto was ratified, countries like Russia have experienced a significant downturn in industrial output and thus reduced their emissions without intending to.

This allowed countries like the US to buy up these credits from countries Russia, so that on paper, it appeard as though emissions were being reduced.

Don't you just love statistics?

Friday, December 09, 2005 11:21:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Of course, while the US may be the biggest producer of greenhouse gasses, it's also the biggest producer of just about everything else, from agriculture to industry to services...so it doesn't happen in a vacuum.

I also love the habit of defining global warming down, so that a hot day, a cold day, a rainy day, or a dry day all come under the 'climate change' bogeyman

Friday, December 09, 2005 11:53:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Another left wing conspiracy Shab?

Friday, December 09, 2005 12:19:00 pm  
Blogger chasc said...

Address the issue, Lowenstein et al, do you want China, India, and Brazil etc to produce or not?

Love your petty linking to Iraq, though - seen better in year 12 debating.

Friday, December 09, 2005 10:34:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Petty linking to Iraq? How miopic of you.

The rogue behaviour of the US hardly started in 2003.

Saturday, December 10, 2005 12:20:00 am  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

Huh? What "rogue" behaviour was that?

Saturday, December 10, 2005 1:04:00 pm  

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