Climate Change Treaty Looming Soon

Posted: November 9, 2009 in Environment, Foreign Policy, Politics
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Leaders of the world will meet next month at a global conference in Copenhagen to sign a treaty concerning the controversial climate change issue. Developing countries around the world are accusing the United States of not doing enough to prevent greenhouse gases from being emitted and are seeking a world tax to be placed upon America for its usage. In many eyes of those countries this tax would be a type of reparation for the United States growing rich while using “cheap fuel.”

U.S. Lawmakers have already come under heavy scrutiny for the energy bill that narrowly passed the House in June, a measure that would raise energy rates. Said Jim Imhofe (R-OK), “This is not an energy bill. This is a cap-and-trade bill. This is a huge tax increase.”

With the world now in a cooling trend, people are becoming skeptical about the global warming coverage of recent years that has now been renamed “climate change.” Opponents of the theory, including many scientists, have urged for years that the temperatures of the planets work in a cyclical nature and have more to do with the sun and oceanic thermal venting than emissions produced by humans. Some data even suggests that to prevent a one degree warming of the planet via carbon dioxide emissions we’d have to stop all current emissions for more than 30 years.

With this sort of controversy over the validity of the issue, trying to pass legislation on the matter is becoming harder for lawmakers. Putting it into the hands of world powers becomes increasingly uneasy.

Wording in the current draft of the Framework Convention on Climate Change sets up a world government entity that, “will be ruled by the [Conference of the Parties] with the support of a new subsidiary body on adaptation, and of an Executive Board responsible for the management of the new funds and the related facilitative processes and bodies.”

This is worrisome wording for those that are concerned about the country’s sovereignty and fear that interests of the United States will come under the control of other world powers. While that may be the long-term controversy, the short-term issue remains a monetary one.

Stated Ben Lieberman, senior policy analyst for energy and environment of the Heritage Foundation, “The developing world especially wants hundreds of billions of dollars per year. The developed world is offering up tens of billions. So there’s a big gap that hasn’t been narrowed there in terms of being able to come up with an agreement in Copenhagen.”

For more info: Divisions Remain Ahead of Climate Change Conference in Denmark, Lord Moncton’s Warning to America, Inconvenient Alarm, Draft of Copenhagen Treaty


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