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U.S. climate communiqué

By Juliet Eilperin

For those looking for a sneak preview of how the United States might conduct itself in the upcoming U.N. climate talks, look no further than its draft Fifth National Communication to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The document, which the administration released late Wednesday night, details how the U.S. government is grappling with climate change--and puts a heavy emphasis on both the House-passed climate bill and a measure that made it through the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, even though that bill has been shunted aside in favor of a compromise climate bill that Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) should unveil later this month.

Keya Chatterjee, U.S. director of the World Wildlife Fund's climate change program, thinks most of the communiqué is great. But she wonders why the United States is talking so much about preserving forests, investing in clean energy and providing money for poor countries to adapt to global warming in an international document, when some of these key priorities could be jettisoned as part of the compromise Senate bill.

"My concern is what we end up with is going to be totally inconsistent with what we told the rest of the world," Chatterjee said. "If they're going to make these strong commitments internationally, shouldn't they be making these same foreign policy arguments to the Senate as it's considering legislation?"


Juliet Eilperin

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Posted by: adrianoc | April 11, 2010 11:05 PM
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Like the Chinese, we should talk a good game for a few more years, and do lots of feel good things like planting trees.

The AGW GHG fever will pass away quietly, and today's politicians and administrators will be a lot like the French Resistance in WW II. While the Germans were still occupying the country they were a little hard to find, but once the Germans with guns had gone, most of the population remembered that they were part of the resistance.

A couple of years of colder weather and increasing polar ice caps as the current climate variation flips to the other direction, and there won't be any rats left on the AGW ship as it slowly sinks into the waves.

Posted by: AGWsceptic99 | April 9, 2010 12:46 AM
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