Who is on board?

01.02.2010

The “soft deadline” passed this weekend and 31 countries representing almost 3/4th of global emissions have signed the Copenhagen Accord and put in their numbers. THE numbers: how much they want to reduce their emissions. Interestingly, the big players (US, China, EU) are there together with the rather small guys (Bangladesh, Samoa, Costa Rica). Sadly, the difference in ambition is not very far, and if then the Global South is getting ahead stronger.
There is a very good graphic from the USCAN (Climate Action Network in America): here.
Of course, it is still to be determined if the US Senate will pass the Waxman-Markey bill with the 17% reduction still in it. Probably, Obama will have to give in on crucial issues like nuclear power plants, drilling for more oil and gas as well as “clean” coal. I hope that this will satisfy the Republican guts and once the law is passed improvements can still be made, e.g. the EPA forbidding coal-plants (even with CCS) or the Dept. of Homeland Security saying “nay” on nuclear crazyness (except in Texas maybe).

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