Friday, Dec 18th, 2009
A last-minute deal at Copenhagen is proposed that seems no deal at all:
Leaders and ministers from 28 countries including Australia have outlined a draft accord to fight global warming.
The three-hour session ended early today, leaving top advisers to work out the final language before the summit of a draft agreement on how to tame global warming and help poor countries cope with its impacts.
‘‘The advisers will get back to work at three in the morning to craft a proposed political agreement that will be presented to heads of state at 8am (6pm AEDT),’’ a European diplomat said…
The declaration will most likely call for preventing global temperatures from going up more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times. It will also tally up the pledges from rich nations on cutting greenhouse gases by 2020, and propose a target for all countries by mid-century.
That’s right. Hot air, no fixed targets, promises of a vast transfer of wealth from the West and everyone flies back home thinking they’ve been warriors for mankind.
If the report is true, it’s almost as much as a sceptic could hope for.
This article was posted: Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:56 am