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A Plea To The (Almighty) G8 Group

Dear Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Group of Eight

I am glad to hear that you have “agreed on Wednesday to try to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius“.

While you’re at it, could you also please try to transform parts of the central Mediterranean into jacuzzis during the month of August, and provide in those same areas a gently cooling breeze, preferably between 2-4pm?

The final bill, to the taxpayer of course!

Many thanks and Best Regards

(heavily inspired by a comment to this blog)

0 replies on “A Plea To The (Almighty) G8 Group”

I’d prefer the headline “Stupid Cnuts”

But I don’t pay either & this joke goes back to a Private Eye cartoon from yrs back.

Erasmussimo – you don’t seem to get blogging and the fact/opinion divide also has escaped you:

“The most serious problem…” in your view

“The Copenhagen talks will be dominated by the political differences between the rich countries and the developing countries. ” – are there no political differences within & between rich countries? I know the third way but…

“The hope is…” no, your hope is…

“ambitious targets” – some politicians like these (and plenty of other gestures) – if the crisis is coming then the key question is only about effective targets.

Personally there was too much gristle, fat and eyelids in that meat.

Here, let me take a stab at it:

The leaders of the G8 countries agreed to ambitious targets for the reduction of carbon emissions in their economies. These promises, of course, are more an expression of ideal than policy — the hard work of enacting regulations to accomplish these goals has only begun. The value of such declarations is not that they effect change but that they establish a commonality of purpose that will in the future have some political value. Many more such grand declarations will be made as part of the process of building the political framework for real policy change on CO2 emissions.

The most serious problem is the gap between the rich world and the developing world. The developing world justifiably resents the suggestion that they should make sacrifices that might prevent them from reaching the standard of living achieved by the rich world. Their view is that the rich world should reduce its emissions as a first step, and then the developing world should start to bring its own emissions under control as it nears parity with the rich world.

The G8 countries don’t accept this thinking; they argue that climate change will have damaging effects on all countries and therefore all countries should participate in the solution. Nevertheless, the G8 leadership realize that they must take the first steps. The Europeans have led the way and America is now getting on board. This G8 meeting served to lay a firm foundation for the Copenhagen talks later this year, where plans for a followup to the Kyoto Protocols will be laid.

The Copenhagen talks will be dominated by the political differences between the rich countries and the developing countries. The hope is that the rich countries, by establishing an ambitious framework, will be able to convince the developing nations, most notably China and India, to agree to some limitations on their own CO2 emissions. This is the likely key to success of these negotiations. If the Copenhagen talks produce an agreement in which the rich nations make all the sacrifices and the developing nations make none, then it will be especially difficult to obtain the consent of legislatures in the G8 countries for such an agreement.

Now, isn’t that a lot meatier? 😉

It is rather nonsensical to get into somebody else’s blog pretending “insightful comments” and “meatier” pieces. Of course everybody is free to air their opinions about the car I drive, or the arrangement of shrubs in my back garden, but there is little reason for me to enter such a discussion.

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