Fred Krupp (ED) on global warming and COP-6 failure
Climate Change Conference Ends in Deadlock.
You answered an emergency alert from Environmental
Defense last week, sending faxes to President Clinton
urging him to break the deadlock at the International
Climate Change Treaty negotiations at the Hague. Following
your efforts, which generated nearly 5,000 letters,
the President did attempt to persuade the Europeans
to support an agreement. In the end, the EU negotiators
were unable to persuade other members of the EU to
accept the proposal and the negotiations ended in deadlock
on Saturday. The talks were suspended without an agreement
on rules to implement the Kyoto Protocol climate change
Environmental Defense has strongly criticized international
negotiators for failing to seize an obvious opportunity
to reach agreement on the Kyoto Protocol climate change
treaty. Two weeks of negotiations ended in deadlock
early Saturday morning when the European Union balked
at accepting a compromise offer from the United States
that would have strengthened some of the most environmentally
important aspects of the Protocol. As a result, international
efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas pollution contributing
to global warming will be dangerously slowed.
"The US began the negotiations by making unrealistic
demands. At the end, the Europeans fumbled in the
face of a US attempt at compromise", said Fred Krupp,
executive director of Environmental Defense. "The
failure by both sides squandered a unique opportunity
to craft thoughtful and lasting solutions to the looming
specter of global warming. Given how close the negotiators
came to the brink of success here, the signatories
to the Kyoto Protocol must reconvene as early as possible
in 2001, set aside their parochial interests, and get
the work done needed to preserve our planet's future."
"The 1990s, likely the hottest decade of the past thousand
years, capped decades of shrinking glaciers, thinning
Arctic ice, intensifying rainstorms, and rising seas.
Given the risks posed by these changes, Parties should
stop squabbling and start searching for a pathway out
of the growing climate crisis," said Michael Oppenheimer,
Environmental Defense senior scientist. "The world
must end its dependence on fossil fuels that are too
dirty and too expensive. Governments must take action
"The scientific consensus on global warming is clear,
as is the need for decisive action. It's shameful
that governments are failing to act in the public interest
on this vitally important issue," said Joe Goffman,
Environmental Defense senior attorney.
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