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Copenhagen Accord Promises Nothing

Submitted by admin on Sat, 12/19/2009 - 1:24am
"The "deal" or the "Copenhagen Accord" promises nothing. Whilst it acknowledges a maximum 2 degree temperature rise target, it makes no proposals on emissions reductions and contains nothing that is binding."

The proposed agreement early Saturday morning sought to privide $30 billion to poor countries from 2010 to 2012 to adapt to climate change, a paltry sum compared to war spending and a rejection of what the Global South had asked for: justice and reparations, not charity.

It also cut out completely the previous goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.

"The Accord is little more than rhetoric hiding a failure to actually address the climate crisis," said Michael Dorsey of the Climate Justice Now! Network late Friday night from Copenhagen.  "This destructive Accord represents a death sentence for Africa, the Amazon, Indigenous Peoples, and small island nations."

"An accord secretly crafted without the participation of developing countries is another example of the U.S. using its power to manipulate the outcome with no binding commitments," said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. "We are highly suspicious of the tactics of the U.S. ... Indigenous peoples here in Copenhagen have been demanding action -- not false hopes and empty promises -- and these delays and bullying tactics amount to continued carbon colonialism."

And Camila Moreno, of the Global Justice Ecology Project from Porto Alegre, Brazil, said, "The COP 15 has seen an obscene amount of lobbying by the emerging corporate carbon dealers who are peddling false solutions, while the oil and coal lobbies are still the elephant in the room. The common sense solutions that have been demanded by social movements and civil society around the world are to leave fossil fuels in the ground and make a deal that is legally binding. Today's developments do nothing to move those real solutions forward and could wipe entire nations off the map."