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US, China, India Hold up Durban Climate Talks on Final Day

The U.S., China and India are blocking a plan to create a legally binding global climate treaty as the final day of COP 17 negotiations winds down in Durban, news outlets report.

European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said China and India are holding back their support for the EU-designed “road map” plotting the successor to the Kyoto agreement, the Financial Post reports. And last night the U.S. said it wouldn’t agree to talks for a legally binding deal.

Just hours earlier, on Thursday evening, negotiators appeared to have pulled negotiations from the brink of collapse. U.S. climate change envoy Todd Stern said Washington supported an EU roadmap to a new treaty, Reuters reported yesterday.

African nations, 43 island states and 48 of the world’s least developed countries have said that they back the EU plan for binding targets by 2015, and Canadian environment minister Peter Kent said Ottawa and small island states were working together. He said negotiators should not leave Durban without a firm agreement.

Only a few days ago Kent had said that the Kyoto Protocol was “in the past.”

But today prospects for a globally binding treaty have again dimmed. Hedegaard is warning that if major economies do not compromise, a deal may not be reached. She said India shoulders the most blame for holding up negotiations, the Mail & Guardian reported.

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4 thoughts on “US, China, India Hold up Durban Climate Talks on Final Day

  1. US, China, India Hold up Durban Climate Talks on Final Day – What are the main factors for stonewalling the progress of cleaning up the mess we have made of our environment? Why are China,India and the U.S. not in favor of being the front runners on cleaning up our lands and providing a healthier world for our children?

  2. For three reasons: First, the science behind “global warming” or “climate change” (whatever the term du jour might be) is not solid at all (nor is it a “consensus”), despite what the MSM tells you. Second, these “strategies” are not going to clean up our lands or provide a healthier world for our children. I am a scientist with over 30 years of experience in public policy and the environment. Let me assure you that the air, land, and water are much less polluted than they were even 20 years ago. If you compare pollution now to the beginning of the 20th century, the comparison is laughable. Those folks has it rough. Third, the big economies (such as the US, China, and India), will be footing disproportionate shares of the bill to implement the EU’s “strategies”. The cost is huge and the return is nothing. In today’s economy, we can’t waste money tilting at windmills.

    You may not be of the “certain age” to remember the “global cooling” scares of the 1970’s. I can still see the Time Magazine Cover in 1974 titled “How to Survive the Coming Ice Age”. Like that media-supported scare, “climate change” will also fade away. At least we can hope. I applaud the US negotiators not giving in to hysteria.

  3. I would take what Bruce says with a pinch of salt. It is your standard climate change denial rant, by which I mean entirely out of touch with reality.
    As a scientist with decades of experience he really should know about disappearing glaciers, greenland becoming greenland again, agricultural zones shifting north as ideal temperatures migrate, an increase in the number and strength of hurricanes. I mean seriously, you need to have your head under a pillow not to see the writing on the wall.
    Secondly, businesses rather than nations have been footing the bill for cleaner production and they have been cleaning up big time, both financially and environmentally. So to say the return on efficiency is nothing is odd to say the least. Companies such as GM, GE, Siemens, Roche and hundreds more have reduced water and energy use, cut the number of toxic elements in their products and employed a hundred other strategies to add hundreds of millions of dollars to their bottom line.
    Bruce may assure you that the land air and water are cleaner, and doubtless where he is this is true. However given that China is having toxic algae blooms you’d have to question this. It is hardly surprising since the US and EU have exported their dirty manufacturing capacity to China. It’s dirtier than before, just out of the public eye. I live in Korea and we get yellow dust days when the heavy metal laden dust clouds drop their toxic waste on Seoul. So, I’d just discount most of what Bruce says.

  4. Bruce is also wrong when he claims that AGW is not the consensus conclusion of the vast majority of scientists who work in the field. And as far as the solidity of the science goes; such an overwhelming consensus can hardly be achieved (or sustained) among scientists if the evidence were not pretty darn solid. Scientists are generally among the most skeptical of all groups, and consensus can only be achieved with very convincing evidence and analyses.

    In addition, what Bruce claims about how “the air, land, and water are much less polluted than they were”; is not even relevant. The pollution Bruce refers to here is of a different nature altogether: smog, particulate matter, ground-level ozone, chemical pollution of rivers, etc., etc. But the CO2 being dumped into the atmosphere is far worse today than ever before.

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