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Climate Failure Postscript – loop holes

Published: July 23, 2010, Author: MHirch

The Guardian just reported that an effort is underway at the UN to change the climate change negotiating rules contained in the Kyoto protocol.  Attempts will be made in Bonn, Germany next week to get agreement on changes that will allow states’ government parties to vote in the majority on treaty passages and opt out of various treaty requirements.  While all of this, if successful in Bonn will give the appearance of a treaty-making process, indeed, such changes in the rules will guarantee that carbon emissions and other green house gas emissions will continue unabated by those who wish to avoid regulation.

The decision to press for rule changes has more to do with ego than serious decision-making.  Indigenous peoples will continue to be pushed aside in favor of moneyed interests who wish to maintain their power and the ability to confiscate indigenous resources.

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