12 Dec '11, 7am

Durban Climate Agreement Sidesteps Republican Obstruction

Durban Climate Agreement Sidesteps Republican Obstruction

For the first time in the history of climate negotiations, all nations, including the world’s largest carbon emitters – China and the US – have agreed to work towards emissions-reduction targets binding every nation equally “with legal force.” The last-minute successful agreement at Durban puts pressure on what has been the world’s biggest obstacle to a climate agreement – the US Republican party. For ten years or more, they have walked out of hearings on renewable energy or climate policy with “We won’t act on climate because China won’t! ” – a petulant mirror image of the parental favorite: “Would you jump off a bridge, just cause your friend does?” But now – China will . With the Durban Platform, for the first time, there will not be one rule for developed, and another for “developing” nations. For the first time, all nations have committed to one universal legal agreem...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/12/12/durban-climate-agreem...

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