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Growing North-South Divide in Copenhagen over Kyoto

December 9, 2009

Executive Director of the South Center Martin Khor and Journalist Naomi Klein are interviewed in Copenhagen:

Martin Khor: I think that the US has a positive role to play in the climate negotiations, which it has yet to play, by allowing those countries who are in the Kyoto Protocol–and that’s all the developed countries except the US–to remain there and to take their commitments there and to take high commitments there to reduce their emissions by at least 40 percent. . .
Now, the reverse is happening, as we have seen in the Danish text, that those developed countries in the Kyoto Protocol with high commitments are on the verge of jumping ship to join the United States, where the US is not willing to commit to an international treaty at the moment and is giving a very low commitment figure of reducing its emissions by about four percent between 1990 and 2020, when the science says we have to do it by at least 25 to 40 percent, preferably 40 percent, and Europe is willing to do 30 percent. So it looks as if the other countries are watching the United States and saying that if the US is going to do so little and is not going to be internationally legally bound, then we are all going to follow the United States in a race, if not to the bottom, to very near the bottom. And this is what is at the heart of the crisis in the negotiation.

Read more about the “Danish text”


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