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Breakthrough unlikely at Cancún climate summit, Röttgen says

The Local · 6 Dec 2010, 09:01

Published: 06 Dec 2010 09:01 GMT+01:00

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While he is confident that progress will be made in isolated cases, the conservative Christian Democratic minister said the goal of the UN conference should be the implementation of non-binding promises made in December last year, he told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

Forest protection, technological cooperation and financing long-term climate protection measures in developing countries are among these promises, he said.

But the top priority remains limiting warming to an increase of two degrees Celsius, he added.

Success at the summit, which runs from November 29 to December 10, will depend on whether countries can reach concrete and binding decisions, Röttgen said.

Greenhouse gas emissions must also be cut by between 20 and 30 percent, he said, calling Germany a good example in this area.

Last year Röttgen blamed the United States and China after the failure of the Copenhagen climate conference.

The low point of the negotiations came, according to Röttgen, when China refused to accept a pledge by industrialised nations to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050. In Röttgen's opinion, China's priority was clearly not protecting the climate, but rather "obstruction."

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Röttgen added that the political elites in the United States were incapable of winning over the majority of the people to protect the climate. Too many Americans simply want "cheap money, so they can consume, and are not interested in limiting their CO2 emissions," he said in an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel at the time.


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14:02 December 6, 2010 by krautrock
Too many Americans simply want "cheap money, so they can consume, and are not interested in limiting their CO2 emissions", says Röttgen.

Well, maybe.

But when Germans will descover that they will have to pay a lot more for their energy maybe they will change their minds a bit too.

This is what's happening in Spain according to Bloomberg.

"Spain reduced subsidies paid to solar thermal power plants and some wind farms to limit the cost of electricity for homes and businesses. "
15:30 December 6, 2010 by derExDeutsche
no one is against the idea of a cleaner environment.

however, does ramming an extensive accord through, based on a lie, during a recession, do anybody any good? all its designed to do is redistribute wealth. Is that really what the world needs at this time? more handouts to the 3rd World? What, is Petrobras not pumping enough oil, yet?

And what's the bottom line? so called 'environmental groups' who in the end only serve to further some political scheme, slandering anybody who may have a differing view from Al Gore? ::Yawn:: its getting old. Trading Carbon Credits? come on, kooks. nice try.

the govt. isn't here to FIX anything, its here to take as much from you as you are guilted into giving, in some places like Venezuela, that amounts to just about everything. If CO2 could warm the planet, then what if the Planet was actually cooling? Would the kooks be encouraging MORE CO2 usage? No. The kooks are kooks for far different reasons, and it has nothing to do with the C02 or the truth. Its an Agenda, and the world is waking up to it. We will watch as Wikileaks drops more cables on the Global Warming dealings.
20:42 December 7, 2010 by oracle2world
Why would any of these delegates want a "breakthrough"? They have a sweet deal going with their meetings and recommendations that no one is going implement.

You might as well have a generic UN story:

"Delegates to the UN [fill in conference name] met for two weeks at [nice locale] that concluded with a call for billions of dollars to be given to [third world countries].
20:08 December 19, 2010 by vandeg
This is like having some one from the government saying "I'm from the government, we're here to help" which we all know will make things worse. Except in this situation its like having a hundred government people coming saying the same thing. Either way the cost to the citizens of said countries is going to be quite high and why the heck did they send them to Cancun? I can just see them discussing "Global Warming" over cabo wabo shots...
21:53 December 21, 2010 by Beachrider
There is little doubt that 'Greenhouse Gasses' are on the rise. The polemic concerns the impact of a given gas.

Methane is the major candidate for a much-larger aspect of the problem. There is 10x as much Methane as CO2 in the atmosphere. Even with 1/3 the impact of a given amount, Methane's bulk well-exceeds the impact of CO2's bulk. It is also growing much-faster than CO2. CO2 is up 50% since industrialization, Methane is up 150%. (Wikipedia is an easy reference, but there are many).

Focus on carbon-loading in general, if you like. But picking on CO2 over Methane 'sounds' like someone going after the second-biggest problem when the biggest-problem is MUCH more important.
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