Skip to comments.India, China refuse to sign Copenhagen, say Dem defeat in Mass. has weakened AGW push
Posted on 01/24/2010 4:33:37 PM PST by nwrep
The Indian and Chinese governments have had a rethink on signing the Copenhagen Accord, officials said on Saturday, and the UN has also indefinitely postponed its Jan 31 deadline for countries to accede to the document.
An Indian official said that though the government had been thinking of signing the accord because it did not have any legal teeth and would be good diplomatically; it felt irked because of repeated messages from both UN officials and developed countries to accede to it.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon seeking a number of clarifications on the implications of the accord that India -- with five other countries -- had negotiated in the last moments of the Copenhagen climate summit in December, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
That letter, and the defeat of the Democrats in the Massachusetts bypoll, has forced the UN to postpone the deadline indefinitely, an official said. With the Democrats losing in one of their strongholds, the chances of the climate bill going through the US senate have receded dramatically.
So if the US is not going to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent, which was a very weak target anyway, why should we make any commitment even if it does not have any legal teeth? the official said.
China also appears in no mood to sign the accord.
With the deadline postponed, we are not going to sign now, said a Chinese official now here to take part in the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) meeting to chalk out a climate strategy.
The meeting of the four environment ministers Sunday is likely to end with the announcement of a fund they will set up to help other developing countries cope with the effects of climate change, said an official of the environment ministry.
Only four countries -- Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea and the Maldives -- have signed the Copenhagen Accord so far, though Brazil, South Africa and South Korea have also indicated their willingness to do so.
Though Australia and Canada have signed, they have not indicated the greenhouse gas emission reductions they are committing under the accord -- something developed countries are supposed to do.
So, it really was the second shot heard ‘round the world!
Hahahaha oh wow
The next GOP candidate for POTUS, in addition to pledging to eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy and Labor must pledge to push for the relocation of the UN to some crappy EU country ASAP.
India and China account for 40% of the world population.
Without India and China cooperating any “global” climate agreements are useless.
Scott Brown, the new change?
This time change with substance worthy of support?
Ha-ha. They are saying it’s “Obama’s fault”. How does that one feel, Dims?
TEA PARTIERS AND FREEPERS
HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD
FOR THE BETTER!
As if China or India was going to abide by any agreement anyway.
Wow! Who knew that Brown’s win was international? Sure hope it does not go to his head...heh.
If anyone has a DU account, please post this over there. I want to enjoy the wailing and gnashing of teeth. If anyone has a DU link for this news, please post it.
Translation - if the US has finally caught on to this ripoff, than we’d like to reconsider. This proves the AGW crowd is all about US money and not any kind of global warming, errrr, climate change.
Much as I'd love to agree with this, I don't think there ever was a chance in hell that India and China were going to sign this rather than just delay, delay, delay. India already told Hillary they'd do nothing which would impede their economy, and I suspect China told the Obumbler the same thing at the Copenhopen Summit when he barged into their meeting. My suspicion is this was a convenient excuse for them to back off completely.
The Indians and Chinese see no reason to come to an agreement because they know Americans don’t want it, anyway and they can’t gain an advantage. They can’t have their way with Zero, because they know the American people won’t let Obama sell America out. There is nothing to gain here for India and China, so they are throwing in the towel.
Don’t worry. Juan McCain’s pal Lindsay Graham-nesty is working to “save” Cap & Trade.
Why the EU? Hell, put it in china.
Why isn’t anyone asking just what the heck is wrong with those idiots in Australia, Canada?
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