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Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after ‘Danish text’ leak

COP15: A Haitian delegation during second-day session at the Bella center in Copenhagen

Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.

The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.

The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.

The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol‘s principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act. The draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank; would abandon the Kyoto protocol – the only legally binding treaty that the world has on emissions reductions; and would make any money to help poor countries adapt to climate change dependent on them taking a range of actions.

The document was described last night by one senior diplomat as “a very dangerous document for developing countries. It is a fundamental reworking of the UN balance of obligations. It is to be superimposed without discussion on the talks”.

A confidential analysis of the text by developing countries also seen by the Guardian shows deep unease over details of the text. In particular, it is understood to:

• Force developing countries to agree to specific emission cuts and measures that were not part of the original UN agreement;

• Divide poor countries further by creating a new category of developing countries called “the most vulnerable”;

• Weaken the UN’s role in handling climate finance;

• Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes.

Developing countries that have seen the text are understood to be furious that it is being promoted by rich countries without their knowledge and without discussion in the negotiations.

“It is being done in secret. Clearly the intention is to get [Barack] Obama and the leaders of other rich countries to muscle it through when they arrive next week. It effectively is the end of the UN process,” said one diplomat, who asked to remain nameless.

Antonio Hill, climate policy adviser for Oxfam International, said: “This is only a draft but it highlights the risk that when the big countries come together, the small ones get hurting. On every count the emission cuts need to be scaled up. It allows too many loopholes and does not suggest anything like the 40% cuts that science is saying is needed.”

Hill continued: “It proposes a green fund to be run by a board but the big risk is that it will run by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility [a partnership of 10 agencies including the World Bank and the UN Environment Programme] and not the UN. That would be a step backwards, and it tries to put constraints on developing countries when none were negotiated in earlier UN climate talks.”

The text was intended by Denmark and rich countries to be a working framework, which would be adapted by countries over the next week. It is particularly inflammatory because it sidelines the UN negotiating process and suggests that rich countries are desperate for world leaders to have a text to work from when they arrive next week.

Few numbers or figures are included in the text because these would be filled in later by world leaders. However, it seeks to hold temperature rises to 2C and mentions the sum of $10bn a year to help poor countries adapt to climate change from 2012-15.

December 8, 2009 - Posted by | "Hope and Change", Deception, Economics, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance, Malthusian Ideology, Phony Scarcity

9 Comments »

  1. we all are getting sold down the river and taxed into poverty,i live in australia and war criminal olmert was here in nov 26 i found out today dec 9.what else is going on.we breath oxegen and plants do the same, the plants release co2 so i guess we should’nt be here in the first place because the plants should have killed us and the planet by now,how is your arse cause you are being lied to and you don’t even know it.

    Comment by the cook | December 8, 2009 | Reply

    • Hey Cook, I think you have that backwards.
      WE inhale oxygen and exhale CO2. Plants inhale CO2 and exhale oxygen. Close, but totally backwards.
      BTW: I don’t belong to the global warming cult. I agree with you, I think it’s a lie, but get your info straight.

      Comment by FM | December 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Go to youtube and look up George Carlin The American Dream
    He tells it like it is and doesn’t hold back
    This is just another way to take mine and give it to the rich asholes.

    It’s a lie and people who have been fooled need to wake up and admit it and stop saving face. So you got suckered so you got lied to and you told your friends and family that you were going to save the planet by buying a new 40 000 car that get 60 miles per gallon and you end up with only 30 so what
    Now is not the time to hide in shame now is the time to fight back and if you can vote the bastards out if not invest in lead
    AND JUST TO BE NON PC HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS NOT HAPPY HOLIDAY BULL.

    Comment by jesus | December 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. Climategate has proven that the computer models driven by the IPCC are a complete fraud. Anyone who even attends the Nopenhagen Treaty should be arrested for sedition. These are our enemies both foreign and domestic.

    Comment by Miguel Grande | December 9, 2009 | Reply

  4. Jesus,
    “if you can vote the bastards out”…can’t be done, we lost that possibility when we allowed the electronic voting machines in.
    The bastards are not fools. They have been working on this project for years and I believe they will accomplish their goals. They want world control and they will have it.
    We are in deep dodo.

    Comment by Harv | December 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Miguel,
    Who is going to arrest them?

    Comment by Harv | December 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. They made the whole mess and the rest of us have to pay for it! What’s new?! Why the heck do most of the countries around the world allow this to continue, why do they continue to be bullied…they are killing all of is for their greed, enough is enough.

    By the way Aletho I like this blog layout much more *thumbs up*
    *

    Comment by realisticbird | December 9, 2009 | Reply

  7. I look at those sheepies in their red glasses and coat being led to the slaughter in Copenhagen and they don’t even know it, and all I feel is deep sorrow. My country, Nigeria, is led by by those who don’t know their left from right and would put ink to paper for a few crumbs. Politicians are the devil we live with today. Look at the level of fraud that is unfolding and tell me there isn’t a puppet master behind all of this. Mad men driven by greed that want to rule and own the world because they can find nothing better to do but flush cash around and work us till we drop as personal slaves. The developing world gathered, salivating from the mouth at an expected windfall, and they almost fell for it, taking you and me along but for the leak from what is an obviously compassionate soul. What is there to talk about any longer, the deed is done and we now know-it’s all about taking from the long suffering poor and giving to the obscenely rich to feed their decadent fix!

    Comment by Egoigwe | December 9, 2009 | Reply

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