Copenhagen Day 3: "growing anger"

Day 3

Day 3

The leak of the Danish draft is having serious ramifications, with developing countries comparing developed countries backing the deal to “Nazi appeasers”:

POOR nations last night compared developed-nation backers of a controversial leaked Danish draft climate change agreement with Nazi appeasers before World War II, as growing anger at the Copenhagen conference forced a temporary suspension of the main talks.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong will land in the middle of the row when she arrives in Copenhagen today, after developing nations and environmental groups reacted with fury to the leaked document, developed by the Danish government in consultation with Kevin Rudd and other leaders.

The document was aimed at paving the way for the US to sign a “comprehensive” global agreement outside the Kyoto Protocol, but has inflamed the wealth divide that has stalled world climate talks for years.

The draft contains most elements of a tough global deal, including: the ambitious goal of limiting warming to 2C; emission reduction requirements of developed and developing nations listed in schedules as proposed by Australia; and an immediate $10 billion a year for developing countries to adapt to climate change and reduce their own emissions over the next few years.

But it leaves blank the specific national emission-reduction commitments that are supposed to be finalised in the political horse-trading in Copenhagen over the next two weeks and does not specify the date by which the final legal agreement must be reached.

Sudanese negotiator Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, who speaks on behalf of the G77 group of developing nations, said the draft agreement was a new form of rich-country imperialism designed to divide poor nations and maintain the dominance of the developed world. (source)

There is also a split forming within developing countries about how to help the most vulnerable:

The small island states and poor African nations – the world’s most vulnerable to the worst effects of climate change – want any deal to contain stricter conditions than those agreed on in Kyoto in 1997.

The group includes the Cook Islands, Barbados and Fiji as well as the poor African nations of Sierra Leone and Senegal.

But their proposal for a tough new treaty is being resisted by China and India, whose leaders fear aggressive action could jeopardise economic growth. (source)

More from The Australian:

Tuvalu negotiator Ian Fry demanded the meeting consider creating a legally binding Copenhagen Protocol that would enforce developing nation emission reductions and run alongside the Kyoto Protocol’s demands on rich countries.

China, India and Saudi Arabia opposed the move because they don’t want to be legally bound to meet their emission reduction promises.

But they are left in a no-win position because they don’t like the idea backed by the US and other developed countries that a whole new agreement be formed, because they do want developed countries to continue to be bound by the Kyoto Protocol. (source)

Fun times!

Comments

  1. There is a great picture accompanying the article in The Australian (newspaper version) that unfortunately didn’t make it into the online article. Check it out — it shows what Kevin Rudd and k.d. wong are herding us into giving our money and our futures to — angry black mobs demanding money for “climate justice”.

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