Skip to comments.Leaked agreement rocks Copenhagen
Posted on 12/08/2009 6:12:48 PM PST by myknowledge
The Copenhagen climate talks have been rocked by the leak of a draft final agreement which weakens the role of the United Nations in climate change negotiations and abandons the Kyoto Protocol.
The "Danish text" draft agreement, published by the UK's Guardian newspaper, has been described as a dangerous document for developing countries.
Over the past week, parts of Denmark's proposal have leaked into the public domain, but this is the first time it has been published in its entirety.
According to the Guardian, the secret agreement has been worked on by a group of individuals known as the 'circle of commitment'.
It is understood to include Australia, the US, the UK and Denmark, which are all said to have finalised the deal in the past two days.
The document abandons the Kyoto Protocol, sidelines the United Nations in future climate change negotiations, and hands most of the power to rich countries.
The Kyoto Protocol relied on the principle that rich nations - responsible for the bulk of emissions - can and should be compelled to take on the biggest burden when it comes to cutting those emissions.
Under Kyoto, poorer nations were not required to act at all.
The leaked agreement not only brings the developing world into the frame, it allows rich countries to emit twice as much carbon as poor countries.
Elephant in the room
Oxfam International is troubled by the absence of any reference to the Kyoto Protocol, which is the only legally binding agreement on the table.
Oxfam's climate change advisor Antonio Hill says the sidelining of the UN in future negotiations is particularly troubling.
"What it reflects is what you can expect at this stage in the game - when the elephant's in the room the ants get squeezed out," he said.
"And so the concern here is that poor countries will get left out.
"That's a huge concern for us. The attention to this document takes the focus off the negotiations that are actually still in course just this minute, and I think the responsibility of the Danish presidency is to clear the air and then focus on those crunch issues.
"And I think those [issues] are about long-term finance and making sure that rich countries are going to deliver what's needed to help developing counties do their part, as well as some complicated things around how we measure emission reductions both in rich countries and in developing countries as well.
"And finally on the legal form, making sure that everyone is clear that a legally binding agreement is on the table and will be on the table right until the last minute here in Copenhagen."
'Spaghetti bowl' funding
The "Danish text" hands control of the global adaptation fund to the World Bank, and the new financing accord is intended to help the poor cope with rising temperatures while also cutting their own carbon emissions.
The draft includes a figure of $10 billion a year, which Mr Hill says is way short of what is needed.
"Coming out of Copenhagen, that's what we need - to get away from the spaghetti bowl of random funding channels that we now have and set something up that allows large-scale funds.
"At least $200 billion is needed every year by 2020 to allow developing countries to cope with climate changes that are already inevitable, and secondly to join the international effort to actually slash emissions."
A statement issued this morning by UN climate chief Yvo de Boer says that the draft decision paper put forward by the Danish Prime Minister was an informal document for the purposes of consultations.
While the poorer agrarian nations are sidelines, the wealthier industrialized nations enrich themselves by means of Copenhagen.
Miracles do happen
This sounds like a fake leak (by the UN and its ilk) to shame the “rich” countries — US, Australia, etc. — into signing something along the lines of the original Copenhagen treaty.
Is it possible that gibbering idiots like Oxfam still believe that socialist psychopaths actually give a sh*t about poor people? Pathetic. That just ain't what socialism is all about, dickweeds.
The copenhagen meeting is society’s death panel. RESIST! RESIST! RESIST!
No light bulbs have gone off for decades while the UN has kept "refugee camps" in existence forever. When will regular people catch on? The professional UN users already know what they are about.
Oath Keeper comes to mind.
...a draft final agreement which weakens the role of the United Nations in climate change negotiations and abandons the Kyoto Protocol...Gore didn't want to cut anyone in on his carbon credit scam.
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Now give us back our light bulbs!!
I don’t think it’s fake, but I do think it was staged. The question is why - and by whom? It does seem as if it is more likely even than the e-mails to destroy this farce, but why would the UN be interested in destroying it and coming out on the side of the wealthy countries?
The whole point of the UN is to redistribute the income of functional First World countries to dysfunctional Third World hellholes, so it doesn’t seem likely to me that the UN is really behind a plan that would actually penalize Third World countries in this hoax.
I don’t know if this is for real or not but if it damages Copenhagen, then I’m happy.
Save for later.
Where were these needs 2000 years ago, or 1500 years ago - when there were some significant climate changes LONG before mankind had even an inkling of a self-agrandizing thought he could affect the global climate? Who was paying for the poor underdeveloped countries to "cope with climate change"????
This is the biggest pile of hogwash ever. And the climate-change fanatics are insane.
How much can I squeeze out of the world with my
Global Warming Climate Change Scheme????!!!!
Oh, you mean, like "The Palestinians"?
The American people will never agree to be held to the UN's "legally binding agreement" under any circumstances. We will revolt first, and throw that corrupt body right out of our country, if it comes down to it.
I just love how these globalists think they can force the sovereign people of this republic to surrender our constitutionally guaranteed liberties to them on the strength of a piece of worthless paper, signed by a roomful of criminals.
Sidelining of the UN? Sounds too good to be true.
Therefore.... I’ll believe it when I see it with my own eyes.
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