Tarry for the Nonce

December 27, 2005

Rampant Hypocrisy

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:27 am

The United States refused to take on Kyoto commitments, creating much international bitterness and awkwardness.

Britain and Sweden are the only European countries honouring their Kyoto commitments to cut greenhouse gasses, according to a think-tank report.

. . . 10 out of the 15 European Union signatories – including Ireland, Italy and Spain – will miss their targets without urgent action, the Institute for Public Policy Research found.

France, Greece and Germany are given “amber warnings” and will only achieve the objectives if planned policies are successfully carried out . . .

Recent figures show carbon dioxide emissions increasing in 13 out of the 15 countries, including Britain, the report says . . .

Ministers set themselves the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 12.5 per cent from their 1990 levels by 2012, but Britain’s production of the gas has increased by 9 per cent since 1999.

Perhaps the United States was simply refusing to commit to the impossible.



  1. European countries signed a bunch of meaningless promises that they aren’t keeping now? I am shocked, shocked to hear this.

    Comment by Toly — December 27, 2005 @ 3:09 pm

  2. IIRC, The Kyoto agreement simply set goals with financial incentives. They didn’t meet their standards so the disincentives kick in and the countries that came in better than goal can sell their credit to those that didn’t.

    Hey, a problem of a global nature of CO2 (and other emissions) requires a global effort.

    Comment by Howard — December 27, 2005 @ 9:28 pm

  3. The “global” effort seems to have forgotten a few of the smaller countries. India and China, for example. Well, it’s not like China creates a lot of air pollution or anything.

    Comment by Toly — December 28, 2005 @ 8:44 pm

  4. Someone has to stop peeing in the swimming pool.

    Comment by Howard R — December 29, 2005 @ 11:04 am

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