URGENCY NOW, ACTION MAYBE LATER
#2 UNITED STATES
INFINITE WAYS TO DEFER URGENCY
Heading for the KP Exit Ramp
Playing ‘Hardball’ in Durban
Supporting Canada’s Tar Sands
Extra Extra! The US wins the first Fossil of the Day for 2011!
This fossil is formally presented for their complete refusal to accept the concept of a common/standardized accounting system for measuring national emissions reductions towards their target.
During Sunday’s workshop on national mitigation targets and strategies, the US made it exceptionally clear that they do not envision a common accounting framework. ECO noted the continual expressions of that view by the US, while noticing that the US seemed to be pretty alone in that view. The irony of that position became even more glaring as the US raised several questions in the developing country session regarding a common framework for developing business-as-usual scenarios for developing emissions. The irony wasn’t lost on ECO. One can only hope that the US will “review the tape” and remember that the US has always been a strong proponent of rigorous rules. Maybe a relaxing spa treatment in Bangkok will refresh their memory.
#1 - Canada
For cognitive dissonance: won’t take a second commitment period but somehow claims, ‘no one is trying to kill Kyoto’.
#1 - Saudi Arabia
For suggesting a scheduled SBI agenda item on enhancing observer participation was, in effect, a waste of time.
#1 - Canada
This month, the federal Senate killed a progressive climate change bill without even bothering to debate it.
#2 - Canada
Conservative government plans to cut the only major renewable energy support program, funding for Canada’s climate science foundation, etc.
#3 - Canada
Reduced its national target after Copenhagen and brought back environment minister John Baird.
First place fossil goes to these four Parties for risking the good faith and integrity of the negotiations by blocking all attempts to secure a technical review of the 1.5 target and suggesting that vulnerable countries use Google to get information that they need/want. They did this in the teeth of emotional pleas from vulnerable countries and numerous rounds of diplomatic efforts to reach a compromise.
Saudi Arabia even gave us a list of traded goods which would be in peril from a 1.5 target. See if you can spot which one is their true concern: rice, cocoa, tomatoes, coal, oil. (If you’re stuck, look up their chief export on Google.)
BP-USA is awarded an Honorary Fossil Award from CAN International for fostering our addiction to fossil fuels, an addiction that is driving global warming towards dangerous climate change and lies behind the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.
The consequences of forgoing a global agreement to move off fossil fuels and invest in a low-carbon future are clear – scientists have run the numbers. Unless warming is checked temperatures will increase way beyond the threshold for catastrophic climate change. For some countries the toll is already mounting.
As the negotiations began here in Bonn, hundreds died in India and Pakistan during the hottest heat wave on record, with temperatures shooting over 50 C (122 F). This is bitterly ironic given that we have alternatives. Each year we delay, we pass by opportunities to invest in clean energy. The International Energy Agency has calculated the cost of passing by those opportunities at $500 billion a year. At same time $100 billion a year in subsidies are paid to fossil fuel companies worldwide.
Checking climate change and sustaining economic growth depends upon an international agreement to invest in clean energy. BP-USA, a leader in fossil-fuel development that has played out so disastrously in the Gulf of Mexico, is awarded an Honorary Fossil for failing to fulfill its responsibility to help break the fossil-fuel addiction it has fostered and address climate change.
Saudi Arabia received the 1st Place Fossil for ingeniously linking carbon capture and storage (CCS) to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries. In today’s debate there was general agreement on having additional public funding for REDD; the Saudis said they would only consent if there were funding windows for all other mitigation activities, including CCS. That would not only mean that they can ‘compensate’ for emissions from the oil they produce, but also get money for it, holding REDD hostage in the process.