Burlington, Vermont has set the standard for the nation by converting all of its power sources into renewable ones. The city had a choice several years ago, to go the natural gas route or to choose renewable resources. Burlington chose right. Instead of going the easy route, the 42,000 person city of Burlington focused its energy […]
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Although the emission targets proposed by US, China are significant for climate negotiations it seems that they will have little or no impact on the carbon emissions in absolute terms.
For the first time, the United States has agreed to recognize the national mitigation measures proposed by the developing countries in the proposed climate treaty.
A Step Backward: Obama to push for scraping of Kyoto Principles as he meets Chinese Prez, Indian PM?
United States (and EU) have objected to the principles of Kyoto Protocol and demand that developing countries should also accept responsibility to reduce carbon emissions by accepting mandatory emission targets.
US has once again made unreasonable demands that developing countries adopt similar emission reduction targets as the rich countries. Such demands are against the Bali (Climate Conference) Action Plan and threaten to derail the climate negotiations.
India is refusing to use its ‘low per capita emissions’ argument to dodge demands of emission reduction goals even as its carbon emission output continues to rise.
In a recent Zogby telephone poll conducted to gauge public opinion on the the Waxman-Markey climate bill, the results showed that a majority of Americans are finally behind climate legislation.
A deal between the US and China would raise the chances of a successful negotiation of a new international climate treaty at Copenhagen.
No support from United States and adverse economic conditions have forced the European Union to rethink its promise of providing financial support to the developing countries.
With US lawmakers failing to agree on a number of domestic issues like choice of energy sources and economic aspects of reducing carbon emissions, it seems unlikely that an agreement on the new climate treaty would be reached at Copenhagen this December.
Developed nations have proposed weaker carbon emission reduction goals at the Bonn climate negotiations. If the rising carbon emissions are to be tamed it is necessary that they set ambitious targets.
While investing in clean energy projects in developing countries, the developed nations must not ignore their responsibility to reduce domestic carbon emissions.
Funding, Real Emission Reductions Key to Climate Treaty As Rich Nations Promise $100 Billion/Year Aid to Poor Nations
Apart of a steady flow of aid money to poor nations, the UN must ensure that the quality of the emission reductions improves under the next climate treaty by including new evaluation and reporting methods.
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso believes that fossil fuels like oil and coal are the future and should be used to power the American economy while the scientific studies clearly state otherwise. American policy makers should accelerate investments in renewable energy.
The United States must take the opportunity of this economic downturn to invest aggressively in renewable energy projects and reduce its dependence on foreign supplies of fuel.