The Group of Eight Tries to Tackle Climate Change

| 7/10/2009 12:12:39 PM

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This week President Barack Obama pushed the issue of climate change at the Group of 8 summit in Italy.

The United States and European countries, such as Germany, England, France and Italy proposed an agreement that called for worldwide emissions to be cut by 50 percent by 2050, with industrial countries cutting their emissions by 80 percent.

The industrial nations such as China, Brazil, India and Mexico did not agree to the proposal.

“They’re saying, ‘We just don’t trust you guys,’ ” said Alden Meyer, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, to the New York Times. “It’s the same gridlock we had last year when Bush was president.”

The New York Times also reported that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, the meeting’s host, said it made little sense for Group of 8 countries to take on onerous commitments if “five billion people continue to behave as they have always behaved.”

Instead the group came to an agreement that the global temperature should not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius, 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but did not demand any commitments on how nations will do their part to ensure that goal is reached.

fiona b
7/21/2009 9:55:23 AM

"I think people should read the book 5/5/2000 by Richard W. Noone, it will enlighten your thoughts. Without global warming we would still be in the Ice Age." By the way, I've just Googled the book and its about how the world will end on 5th May 2000! So that's a reliable source of information then!!!

fiona b
7/21/2009 9:50:44 AM

I'm flabbergasted, well and truly. Climate change is, undoubtedly, a natural phenomenon, however never in the history of the Earth has the climate changed so quickly as since the Industrial Revolution. That's a factoid, so however much there are people with their heads up their @r$es and refuse to give up their disposable lifestyles and 3-litre engines, these people are only kidding themselves. On the other hand, we are totally kidding ourselves if we think any of those 'targets' decided upon at the G8 will make the blindest bit of difference. We're already past the point of no return as there is no way that emissions are going to slow enough to make any difference. They really need to stop, but they won't. And its only those people who want to live forever who think that we can save ourselves from ourselves. We can't. We've already destroyed humanity, we're just really in the death-throes. The planet can look after itself, and life itself will continue long after the human race has eliminated itself from the face of the Earth. Doom and gloom?? Or realism to its extreme. I have to ask myself why I bother recycling my tin cans and glass jars when American society churns out so much pollution. You guys can use things more than once you know, and you can still do 55mph in a 1.2 litre car! I feel like I've turned up at an earthquake with a dustpan and brush.

jean owens
7/20/2009 3:38:18 PM

I think people should read the book 5/5/2000 by Richard W. Noone, it will enlighten your thoughts. Without global warming we would still be in the Ice Age.

paul wade
7/20/2009 2:47:28 PM

What do they know about climatology? Probably no more than Al Gore.It seems to be ok for Al to use the electricity in his home and on his houseboat on the lake (a 100 footer that is) And I'll bet they all think the sun rises from the East. Actually, the globe circulates almost 24 hours per day. That's why we have 28 days in February exception leap year when we catch up with the rotation and have 29. With the globe rotating, it tilts. That is why we have four seasons each year. If Al was so brilliant he could tell us what the temperature will be every day for rest of the globe's time of existence.

linda pierucki
7/20/2009 12:26:20 PM

I dont trust any of the parties to this scam! Contrary to popular belief, there is NO consensus that there is any global warming-and climate change is a natural cyclic system we don't even understand. What I DO know is it's been too cold nights in Michigan for my tomatoes to ripen the last three years, we've been seeing less than 50 degrees many nights-in July and it cost me over $3000 for utilities last winter for a single-wide trailer (the effects of one of the coldest, longest winters in recent history and constant electric and propane rate hikes due to, mostly, EPA rules regarding 'green technology'). Those 'in the know' are very excited over the trillions they expect to make on cap and trade commodity trading and that's the REAL push for this whole thing (yes, I can show you quotes and who expects to profit, Al Gore being one, GE being another, JP Morgan/Chase being a third-for starters). Emerging economies arent expected to buy into the whole thing anyway, so all the cost will come, once again out of the middle-class-mostly the American middle-and low-income. Climate change-formerly known as global warming-is a faith-based religion being force-fed to those who believe they are enlightened. If they took the time to study opposing views they'd find that at least 75% of what they 'know' to be true-isnt! And in this economy, we sure cant afford another expense for uncertain reasons.

7/20/2009 12:14:30 PM

The old saw is "I'M all right, Jack!" Sure, what could China possibly have to do with climate in the US? Wake up Merkins, China has to do with your fake prosperity over the past decade, and YOU have to do with the drowning of nations you never heard of, like Tuvalu. The other nations should not trust you, the evil empire, to do anything that shares responsibility rather than just shift it to developing nations. As your Soso Depression continues and joblessness goes to 11% soon enough, keep telling yourself it's all THEIR fault. US exceptionalism to the end! And the end is near...

catrina hess_2
7/20/2009 9:47:44 AM

I wouldn't trust us either! There are a lot of hidden agendas in the climate-control bill that I personally don't believe in and that go against our constitutional rights. (Take the time to dig through it,I think you'd be surprised.) Does something need to be done, absolutely, but I really don't blame people for being a little hesitant about us! Also, I am not digging the idea that we may have to pay for some of China's emissions. I personally am just fine with eating locally raised and grown food and buying American made products so why should I possibly be forced to pay for something I want no part of in the first place?

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