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Merkel says climate talks 'not looking promising'

AFP/DDP/The Local · 17 Dec 2009, 10:41

Published: 17 Dec 2009 10:41 GMT+01:00

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"The news reaching us is not good," she said. "At the moment, the negotiations do not look promising but I of course hope that the presence of more than 100 heads of state and government can give the necessary impetus to the event."

Merkel is expected to arrive in the Danish capital on Thursday afternoon and speak at the summit, where talks have stalled as developing nations square off against rich countries that have refused to make drastic cuts in carbon dioxide emissions.

The Chancellor also said that US pledges to reduce emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 were "not ambitious enough."

Meanwhile German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen appealed to world leaders to overcome what he called a “crisis” at the climate conference in Copenhagen.

The world’s biggest polluters, China and the United States, should take on responsibility for cutting emissions to halt climate change, Röttgen told public broadcaster ZDF.

Coming to an agreement on protecting the climate is in the “clear interest of the countries and humanity,” he said, adding that posturing from a few leaders should not be allowed to block progress.

The Environment Minister also said that Germany and the European Union would hold to their goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

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“Our statements stand,” he said.

Chancellor Merkel is doing important work in Copenhagen, “but she can’t take over the tasks for everyone else,” he told the broadcaster.

“We want a concrete political decision that will be carried over into a treaty,” he said.

AFP/DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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18:06 December 17, 2009 by lordwilliams629
Americans are tired of giving their hard earned money to the free loaders of the world. If china or any other country dirtys their air, it's them who has to foot the bill. Yes america is a big country that does everything it can for the enviroment, so why is it always america thats put under the microscope during these so called summits. My god when you wanna talk about dirty air look at mexico, india, russia, china, africa, brazil, should I keep naming all these other parts of the world that dirty air much more than america ever dreamed of.
20:23 December 17, 2009 by Beynch
With the likes of Chavez, Ortega and killer Robert Mugabe generating rousing applauses in a snowy Copenhagen, is there any wonder? It seems like the whole thing has, again, has degenerated into a slugfest between third world extortionists and other cleptocracies, and the civilized West.
20:25 December 17, 2009 by Henckel
The climate-change con men are overreaching now, with the likes of Chavez, Ortega and Mugabe winning their applause. I, too, hope that it is a total failure. The recently leaked e-mails show that it is a massive confidence game.
22:32 December 17, 2009 by wxman
Depends on your point of view. I'd call the prospects very promising.
19:17 December 18, 2009 by Frenemy
@lordwilliams629: I see you are still stiring the sh!t and aggitating, with complete disregard for those pesky little things called, um.... oh yeah: FACTS!

But, since I know how fond you are of Google/Wikipedia, please allow me help to you out:

22:33 December 18, 2009 by Johnny Cash
Love this blog. All the expats get to have a bitch. I love the quote in this article about the esteemed environment Minister Norbert Röttgen saying" he and the EU will limit the climate change to 2 degrees C". I wonder if he consulted the Sun on this. How big is this guys ego that he thinks he can regulate the sun's activity. Who votes for these pinheads. Did anyone hear that CO2 in the atmosphere only goes up after temperature goes up. So how can the CO2 be driving the temperature rise?

Oh, and no one should be footing the bill for CO2 emmissions as it is a big scam. A bill should be paid by firms who pollute the planet with chemicals and the toxic waste from burning fossil fuels but not for supplying more plant sustenance CO2. I thought we were supposed to be on a starving planet, so CO2, which makes plants grow bigger and better, is a good thing right? Merry christmas to you all and may the new year bring a huge dollop of common sense to our planet.
23:07 December 18, 2009 by wxman
@Johnny Cash: Elequently put. CO2 is plant food and vital to life on this planet; it is NOT a pollutant. Kudos as well to lordwilliams629. We've disagreeed on other issues in the past, but it looks like we all can recognize a major money grabbing scam when we see it. As far as Frenemey's comment, of course we are the biggest CO2 producer. We consume all the stuff the emerging countries produce. If we cut back, they're flegling economies will immediately go south and a worldwide crash would occur.
00:07 December 19, 2009 by Frenemy

"We consume all the stuff the emerging countries produce"

Economically, that is pretty much the EXACT opposite of a competitive market. That's what all third world countries do (import more than they export)!! So, IF you're right, the US is pretty much f#cked then, huh?!
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