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Is Japan Serious About Global Warming?

The chief climate change official in the United Nations challenged the Japanese government to clarify its commitment to pursuing a program that deals with global warming. Yvo de Boer wanted clarification about recent statements that Japan would focus on “industrial sectoral” approaches rather than focusing on a national program of dealing with environmental issues. “Recent statements in the Japanese media have made it less clear what Japan’s intentions are vis a vis sectoral approaches. There have been statements that sectoral approaooches are far superior to national goals and these create the impression that one is intended to replace the other.”

Japan increasingly has been talking about halving global greenhouse emissions by 2050 but that far away goal does nothing to alleviate conditions in the coming two decades. De Boer sharply criticized the United States, Canada and Japan for being negligent about global warming and wanted to know “what are the rich countries willing to put on the table to make” reduction of emissions a reality?

Conflict In European Union Over Climate Control Plans

As the Eruopean Commission is prepared to announce a sweeping climate change policy package on Januaary 23rd, businessmen and politicians in several countries are ready to mount a counter attack. France wants to protect its nuclear investments and German auto and steelmakers are concerned Europe would lose its competitive edge in world markets. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said it would be an international embarrassment to turn back after fighting so hard to attain a plan to address issues of climate change. “We knew from the beginning,” he said, “that transforming Europe into a low-carbon economy is not at easy task. But, this is the moment to be serious, responsible and coherent with out commitment.” President Sarkozy complained that France’s nuclear energy program is not recognized as fitting into the category of renewable energy. Toxic wastes from its plants are the reason for not classifyin nuclear energy that way. Some manufacturers say strict limits on greenhouse emissions will encourage many to relocate plants in areas of the world which have more lenient restrictions.

The EU is attemping to offer some exemptions to those nations which are still working on developing a modern economy. There is not easy solution, the basic problem is this is a global issue and must be addressed by all members of planet Earth.

Bush Duplicity Operates At Bali Environment Conference

At the opening of the Bali Conference dealing with greenhouse emissions and global warming, Paul Dobriasnky of the US State Department assured attendees that a goal of America is, “we’d like to see consensus on the launch of negotiations.” Unknown to people at the conference, Bush was operating behind the scenes to destroy any hope of obtaining a meaningful agreement on global warming. Der Spiegel, reports the United States has been secretly working with India and China to sabotage the goal of strong controls over greenhouse emissions. According to their source, “Washington is hoping that the two greenhouse gas emitters will openly declare during the conference they are unwilling to accept any binding limits on emissions of greenhouse gases.” Bush wants to make certain the United States doesn’t come across as the one halting world efforts to halt global warming. One Washington insider said: “Bush’s people don’t want to make any real progress in the next two weeks. But, they don’t want to be severely criticized internationally again.”

Bush’s behavior at Bali certainly is consistent with his behavior on most major issues — be duplicitous. He is intellectually and emotionally unable to work with others in sincere ways to deal with global issues because the president is convinced he, and his close associates, are the only ones who understand the real issues at stake.

Commonwealth Nations Suspend Pakistan -Seek Climate Control

The Commonwealth’s biennial summit met in Uganda and among its first actions was to suspend Pakistan from the group. Despite an angry response from Islamabad, the leaders gathered in Kampala defended the suspension. “You can be assured that every country that has been suspended will say that we didn’t understand the unique circumstances that prevailed in their country at the time,” commented a spokesperson for the Commonwealth organization. The group insists Musharraf step down as army chief, free judges, restore the constitution and halt further curbs on the media. Their stance is quite different from that of President Bush who continues supporting the Pakistan leader.

An important aspect of the meeting dealt with issues of climate control. The Commonwealth organization set as its goals a 50% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions below 1990 levels by the year 2050. It is reassuring that a major group is taking a strong stand to confront the Musharraf human rights abuses.