Leaked G8 Draft Climate Decisions

This landed in my inbox this morning. I won’t say where from. It should be of interest to anyone mobilising around the climate focus of the G8, or working on exposing the false ‘solutions’ coming out of the Kyoto Protocol. It’s sick to see so much of the carbon trading / clean development mechanism rubbish now being echoed by the G8 at a time when we need real leadership and socially just solutions to climate change.

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10 Responses to “Leaked G8 Draft Climate Decisions”

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    Way too long to read for anyone without a serious amount of patience. Any chance you could summarise what it is and what you think the shortcomings are? (Well I guess you did but in a bit more detail – because it just looks like a boring government document to me).

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    I’ve skimmed through this document, which avoids setting targets and timetables for cutting climate pollution. It left me feeling that the G8 remain incapable of making any real difference to climate change or to ending our addiction to oil.

    There is no real understanding of the looming energy crisis & its impacts on life as we know it. There is no mention of Peak Oil (oil demand outstripping supply, predicted by many to be imminent) nor of Contraction & Convergence (a simple framework for globally allocating the right to emit carbon in a way which is consistent with the physical constraints of the biosphere, and which has been proposed to the UN since 1990 by the Global Commons Institute). There is reference to hydrogen for transport, but no recognition of the net energy issues around using hydrogen. Transport needs to be drastically reduced, not business as usual but with hydrogen.

    Below I’ve picked out a few paragraphs which highlight why I think this document is seriously inadequate. Greens have been arguing for sustainable development for decades. The time has come for implementation now – not just more talk!

    In 7. (& 54.) “Some $16 trillion will be invested in the world’s energy systems over the next 25 years.”
    What account does this figure take of oil depletion? As oil price rises, global economy slows so will there really be $16 trillion to invest? And invest on what? A truly low-carbon infrastructure or more greenwash?

    In 16. “We note, for instance, that China has an aspiration to halve the energy intensity of its economy by 2020.”
    Given how China’s energy demand has risen in recent years, this isn’t as good as it sounds (and it’s only an ‘aspiration’). If oil prices do rise, China has huge coal reserves to draw on, which will do little to help reduce climate change regardless of so-called clean coal technologies.

    In 23. “Transport energy use is expected to nearly double worldwide by 2030. However, improvements in fuel efficiency and new technologies offer the opportunity to reduce both local and global pollutants. Policies such as vehicle labelling and tax incentives can encourage consumers to take up these technologies.”
    No mention of reducing number of vehicles on the roads or changing haulage methods. This all seems to be about the myth of environmentally friendly vehicles.

    Similarly in 25 (Aviation) no mention of reducing flights, just making fuel cleaner. Green flights? Only the birds & the bees manage that one, I’m afraid!

    In 33. “Statement on nuclear power, to be added following discussions”
    Hmmm – watch this one! Regardless of the waste & true costs arguments, no one seems to mention that uranium too is a non-renewable resource. Nor that nuclear power only addresses electricity generation. I believe research from England has shown that 100 nuclear power stations would be required just to fuel the current numbers of vehicles on UK roads, which brings us back to uranium reserves – the more nuclear power demand, the quicker uranium reserves run out.

    Hope this helps!
    MM x

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    Then they see it can be done.
    Then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
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    Surely this information should reach the national press,and not simply rest in the F.O.E files.
    Nothing will encourage a change in debate better than bad press levelled where needed.
    Words indeed from TB do not convince me whatsoever
    after the previous direct responses I have had from him,including a face to face discussion,and I now do not believe there is a sincere agenda to safeguarding our planet regardless of the political rhetoric churned out.
    Please use this situation given to you,to substantially put specific pressure on the UK Government,and not simply being critical of the US,who will never fall in line because its the $ that makes their world decisions.nothing else.

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    as a response

    Questions to the G8
    http://EnergyChallenge.de/G8.htm

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    It hit the national press this morning with a front page article in The Guardian and an article on Reuters Alertnet. There are also articles in The Scotsman [2], The Independent, and a number of other international newspapers. Here is what Friends of the Earth have to say about it. All in all I’d say the leaked draft got the exposure it deserved. It will be interested to see how the G8 respond with the final outcome, and if the public shaming for lack of timetables and and strong plan in the draft means a better outcome.

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    Looking through my site logs I found a few more articles talking about the draft: The Guardian, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Financial Times

    Also, The Green Party in Scotland has picked up on the leaked draft and responded with a motion to the Scottish Parliament:

    That this parliament notes with grave concern a leaked document entitled “Draft G8 Text on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy”, which suggests preparations for a weak approach to climate change at the G8 summit in Scotland in July; recognises that climate change is inextricably linked to poverty as its effects will compound and worsen poverty in developing countries; calls on G8 leaders to issue immediate clarification on the status of this document; and believes that if G8 leaders are not intent on taking meaningful action on climate change and poverty then they will not be welcomed here.

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    NEWS RELEASE
    From the office of the South-East England’s Green MEP Caroline Lucas

    June 1st, 2005

    G8 DOCUMENT LEAK PREPARES GREENS FOR SUMMIT FAILURE
    BLAIR’S CREDIBILITY ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN TATTERS, SAYS GREEN MEP

    Tony Blair’s credibility is in tatters after a leaked document revealed the G8 summit of world leaders would back away from agreeing new targets and action on tackling climate change, Green Euro-MP Caroline Lucas said today.

    Throughout the recent election campaign Blair’s environmental credibility rested on future plans to exercise world leadership on tackling climate change – but the leaked draft agreement shows the UK has no intention of delivering on its promise at the summit, which takes place in Scotland in July, said Dr Lucas.

    “The leaked document, which purports to be a draft agreement on measures to tackle climate change, shows the G8 is intent on doing nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst creating a false impression of action,” she said.

    The draft communiqué, which was leaked and posted to the Internet last week, contains no targets or timetables for reducing G8 nations’ greenhouse gas emissions, no mention of US implementation of the Kyoto Protocol – or proposals for co-operation beyond the Kyoto Protocol’s current arrangements, which expire in 2012. The ‘Draft G8 Text on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy’ also leaves open the future role of nuclear power in G8 countries.

    Dr Lucas, South-East England’s Green Party MEP and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, added: “Tony Blair has told us he wants to exercise global leadership on efforts to tackle climate change, and that he will use the G8 summit as a vehicle for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel dependence, and for persuading the US to sign up to global efforts to avert a climactic catastrophe.

    “All along his words have been as empty and deceptive as his appalling record during eight years of office would lead us to expect.”

    ENDS

    Note to Editors: The leaked document can be viewed in full at http://carroll.org.uk/post/48

    For more information please contact Ben on 01273 671946, 07973 823358 or ben@greenmeps.org.uk

    http://www.carolinelucasmep.org.uk

    Ben Duncan
    Media Officer to Caroline Lucas MEP
    benduncan@greenmeps.org.uk
    01273 671946 (office)
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    Time start a boycott Bush campaign I think

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    I agree if they still won’t sign up to Kyoto. American films, food, drink, oil & technologies are not so great anyway.

    Bob

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    NEC POW STATIONS ARE THE ANSWEAR WHEN RUN CORRECTLY. (INVESTMENT)
    NATURAL POWER IS CRIED FOR BY G PEACE BUT BE AWARE ALL POWER IS FROM THE SUN WHICH IS OF COURSE A REACTOR.
    HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS WTH THE BATTERIES CHARGED BY NEC POWER IS THE WAY FORWARD.
    INTRENAL COMB HAS HAD ITS DAY.
    THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED 25 YEARS AGO NOW ITS TO LATE.
    green peace can only slow the inevitable.

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