Climate "deal" at G8?

German Chancellor Merkel "hails" G8 climate deal, claims to have brought the US into UN-led negotating process. Is this 'a huge success' ? It appears that the Americans have signed up to be part of a United Nations process to find a successor to the Kyoto protocol on global warming which expires in 2012. A "deal"? I will look forward to reading the fine print. This is what Japan wanted, but can we please have a "deal" in terms of mandatory targets, not just soundbites!

In setting a global goal for emissions reductions in the process we have agreed today involving all major emitters, we will consider seriously the decisions made by the European Union, Canada and Japan which include at least a halving of global emissions by 2050.

The Times: G8 strikes greenhouse gas deal, says Merkel

BBC: G8 leaders 'agree climate deal'

Der Spiegel (English): G-8 Claims Breakthrough on Climate Change

I am immediately reminded of Beethoven's 3rd Symphony...

Comments

Pandabonium said…
We could cut back on greenhouse gas just by having politicians keep their lying mouths shut. Even better, have them hold their breath.

Perfect choice of music.
Martin J Frid said…
Thanks P, yes, I really wonder how climate change got to be number one on the G8 agenda, while Peak Oil is conveniently forgotten.

Wouldn't it make more sense if the leaders of the world's 8 largest economies paid attention to the fact that oil just isn't going to be abundant any longer...?

It is not what they say, it is what they do not say, that worries me.

Cheers.
Pandabonium said…
Worries me too as it is not for lack of awareness on their part. I have to conclude that they have other plans to deal with the post peak world. Plans that are not to be revealed to the public.

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