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Nigel Sheinwald

Nigel Sheinwald is the British ambassador to the United States. Prior to this he served as Foreign Policy and Defense Adviser to the Prime Minister from 2003 to 2007. ALL POSTS

Momentum for Copenhagen

This week's response comes from Dominick Chilcott, the deputy head of mission for the British Embassy in Washington.

Q: Do you think EPA's finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health will prod Congress to agree on its own method for limiting emissions? If not, what do you think would be the environmental and economic impact of the EPA regulations? Will this convince other countries that the U.S. is likely to make deep cuts in carbon in the near future?

This week's EPA announcement is a further demonstration that President Obama's administration is committed to tackling climate change. We hope it will provide additional momentum and motivation to American negotiators at Copenhagen, and will help the world achieve its goal of a fair and ambitious global deal.

I find it interesting that the question frames the debate as legislation versus regulation -- for us in the UK it is not an either/or question. In terms of legislation, the UK 2008 Climate Change Act delivers a commitment to cut CO2 emissions by 34 percent by 2020 against 1990 levels (and we may go to 42 percent as part of an ambitious deal at Copenhagen). The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) cap and trade is a key mechanism for doing this in the most efficient way for business, giving them a long-term carbon price signal so they can invest with confidence. But we also have regulation: specific performance standards, incentives for better public transport, building regulations that will require all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016, a requirement for utilities to source a certain proportion of their energy from renewable sources, and other measures.

The EPA and other regulatory agencies here in the U.S. are already active. I'm sure they will continue to have a critical and innovative role to play in the years ahead.

By Nigel Sheinwald  |  December 10, 2009; 11:23 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The EPA is choosing the harder more complicated method that does not solve the problem.

New technology, jobs and money are not the solution; they continue the same employment lifestyle that pollutes our air, land, water and food leading to disease and death. It leads to corruption, bribery etc. like the Climate Change ideas in Copenhagen.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference process is

Reducing CO2 emissions cuts growth capacity of plants necessary for SURVIVAL.

Signing a BINDING AGREEMENT under United Nations takes away FREEDOM.

Promising poor nations money to sign a binding agreement is bribery to take their authority to govern their resources leading to conflicts and wars.

CAP and TRADE is a loophole for rich nations to avoid compliance and
it invites and creates bribery, corruption, bondage and servitude.

The employment lifestyle causes the world problems.
A garden paradise lifestyle would reverse and solve them easily, quickly, fairly and inexpensively. It is the only sustainable lifestyle that reverses and solves the pollution of our air, land, water and food, energy crisis, disease, war, immigration, reoccurring financial crises, and social problems including youth and elderly care.

The Employment Lifestyle Failed. The Garden Paradise Life Wins.
Let's Learn the Lesson Now.

Posted by: MarieDevine | December 13, 2009 9:13 PM
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