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Leaked Memo:New US move to ruin world climate accord

New US move to spoil climate accord

Mark Townsend in New York
Sunday June 19, 2005
The Observer


Extraordinary efforts by the White House to scupper Britain's attempts to tackle global warming have been revealed in leaked US government documents obtained by The Observer.

These papers - part of the Bush administration's submission to the G8 action plan for Gleneagles next month - show how the United States, over the past two months, has been secretly undermining Tony Blair's proposals to tackle climate change.

The documents obtained by The Observer represent an attempt by the Bush administration to undermine completely the science of climate change and show that the US position has hardened during the G8 negotiations. They also reveal that the White House has withdrawn from a crucial United Nations commitment to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions.

The documents show that Washington officials:

· Removed all reference to the fact that climate change is a 'serious threat to human health and to ecosystems';

· Deleted any suggestion that global warming has already started;

· Expunged any suggestion that human activity was to blame for climate change.

Among the sentences removed was the following: 'Unless urgent action is taken, there will be a growing risk of adverse effects on economic development, human health and the natural environment, and of irreversible long-term changes to our climate and oceans.'

Another section erased by the White House adds: 'Our world is warming. Climate change is a serious threat that has the potential to affect every part of the globe. And we know that ... mankind's activities are contributing to this warming. This is an issue we must address urgently.' The government's chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, has dismissed the leaking of draft communiques on the grounds that 'there is everything to play for at Gleneagles.' However, there is no doubt that many UK officials have become exasperated by the Bush administration's refusal to accept the basic principle that climate change is happening now and is due to man's activities.

Earlier this month, the senior science academies of the G8 nations, including the US National Academy of Science, issued a statement saying that evidence of climate change was clear enough to compel their leaders to take action. 'There is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring,' they said.

It is now clear that this advice has been completely ignored by Bush and his advisers. 'Every year, it (local air pollution) causes millions of premature deaths, and suffering to millions more through respiratory disease,' reads another statement removed by Washington.

Washington also appears to be unsympathetic towards the plight of Africa, the other priority singled out by Blair for the G8 Summit in Gleneagles.

The documents reveal how the Bush administration has pulled out of financial pledges to fund a network of regional climate centres throughout Africa which were designed to monitor the unfolding impact of global warming.

'Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Arctic are particularly vulnerable to climate variability and are starting to experience the impacts,' reads another excerpt rejected by the US.

Other crucial schemes ditched by the US include the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) set up to help developing states develop economically while controlling greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the documents, the American government has reneged on plans to 'ensure that the CDM executive board is adequately funded by the end of 2005.'

Move Over, Boomers

Move Over, Boomers Contributing Editor Adam Werbach asks if the baby boomers are to blame for the sad state of affairs. "What should these leaders do now?" he asks. "Die?" Raised during the heyday of ecological activism and the rise of a post-industrial networked society, practivists are steeped in systems thinking. Having come of age during the fall of the Berlin Wall, they are suspicious of nationalism and artificial dualities, a mistrust further informed by academic and political training in deconstructing absolute identity categories like race or gender. Practivists prefer to emphasize similarities rather than dwell in the "silos" of various "isms." The old era of political party identification is giving way to a disaggregated thunderdome of cause-based politics, distributed democracy, MoveOn house parties and do-it-yourself politics • MoveOn [American political parties, as we have known them for two centuries, are disintegrating Are the Parties Over? ; Why do those who stand to gain the least from virtually every policy of George W. Bush, support him the most? Let Them Eat War ; What else could war dollars buy? Six billion dollars a month can pay for a lot of stuff, and we've got the T-shirts, tickers and widgets to prove it. Tim Grieve, in Salon ] Jozef Virtual Reference

Why do we do?

Why do those who stand to gain the least from virtually every policy of George W. Bush, support him the most? It's nothing more that the simple CON TRICK of morality and fear blended through a bit of media magic (propaganda and profiteering by a few) that convince most people that the only way to protect the little they have personally is to go along with the grander theft of someone else's rights, by imposing your views forcefully otherwise they MIGHT do the same to you, some time later on (the selfish me societies). It's also part of the comfort zone where people are basically relinquishing their rights to think by letting someone else do it for them... It's easier to say I don't understand all this because politics is too complicated in this modern world, than participate... Our societies achieve this by hiding the truth and replacing it by entertainment... Come on down Big Brother...!!!

A good liar?

 

Crime: Intelligent victims fell prey to the most convincing liar police have ever seen.

Ten years of deceit, theft and abuse

Global Warming and political indifference.

The problem with the article is that it is eminently believable and our very own Little Johnnie is on the Dubya chain, wagging his tail and ignoring the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. Perhaps now that Ian Cambbell has had a modicum of success at the IWC and the poor bloody whales will now only have to dodge the scientifically researching Nips in this part of the world, he may be able to devote a bit of his portfolio time to concerns like Australia burning more fossil fuel for electricity per head than most of the rest of the planets population.

A stand up comic...

Not only Bonsai has people writing his funny scripts for non-global-warming, he has an array of writers who think they are writing his routines for "tonite live" in the US or an extreme right wing version of "Backberner" here which, by the way, was not specially left-wing anyway.... Dubya will kill us laughing... http://context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/06/17/120.html Global Eye Inside Joke By Chris Floyd Published: June 17, 2005 As we all know, President George W. Bush is the most morally upright individual ever to set foot in the White House: a sober, righteous man of God. Yet this very rectitude obscures the fact that he is also one of the great wits of our time, a subtle and sophisticated ironist who has turned the dull business of governance into a highly refined comedic art. More to read there...