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June 8, 2009

US-China Talks Continue

Filed under: Climate Change,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 4:49 pm
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I’ve made quite a few posts regarding international negotiations and the wind down to Copenhagen.  As we get closer to December, expect even more!  A few previous posts have talked about the global treaty landscape, and the possibility of U.S. China climate Deal.

The New-York times has an article about new developments in these talks, which apparently are only the agreement to have further talks.  There is however valuable insight into where the roadblock lies, and how it’s going to need to be resolved.  The other important thing I wanted to provide you is truly incredible analysis of all the actions China is actually taking unilaterally to address its emissions, and of course it’s seeing benefits economically and with its national security as well.  Notable excerpts of the NY Times article are below.

“For months the United States and China, by far the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, have been warily circling each other in hopes of breaking a long impasse onglobal warming policy.”

“They are, as President Obama’s chief climate negotiator puts it, “the two gorillas in the room,” and if they do not reach some sort of truce, there is no chance of forging a meaningful international treaty in Copenhagen later this year to restrict emissions.”

“As a senior American team arrived in Beijing on Sunday for climate talks, the standoff was taking on the trappings of cold-war arms control negotiations, with gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions replacing megatons of nuclear might as a looming risk for people across the globe.”

“The main product of the discussions with Beijing so far has therefore been agreement to hold more discussions.  Yet the clock is ticking. Only six months remain before the opening of United Nations-sponsored talks in Copenhagen to produce a climate change treaty to replace the 1997Kyoto Protocol.”

““China may not be the alpha and omega of the international negotiations, but it is close,” said Todd D. Stern, the top American climate negotiator at the three-day talks in Beijing. “Certainly no deal will be possible if we don’t find a way forward with China.””

“As a measure of how far apart the two nations are, China says the United States should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The bill before Congress, which could be further weakened, now calls for less than a 4 percent reduction over that period.”

“China and other developing countries do not need to take the same actions that developed countries are taking,” Mr. Stern said, “but they do need to take significant national actions that they commit to — internationally — that they quantify, and that are ambitious enough to be broadly consistent with the levels of science.”

“The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California, who led a delegation of lawmakers to China at the end of May, said in an interview that she was hopeful about the dialogue between the two countries, but fearful that they would fall into the old trap of hiding behind each other.”

“They told us if we’re not going to do something, they’re not going to do anything,” she said. “Some of the people we talked to there said we should do more. I think we should do more, too. But we all have to go down this path together.



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