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News: Archive for December, 2009

Video – COP 15 Followup – Nancy Pelosi: “We Come Here About One Word – It’s About Jobs”

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Copenhagen, Dec 18, 2:30 p.m. press conference.

Nancy Pelosi spoke before the press at the COP 15, making statements which seemed directed more towards shoring up support with the U.S. public than to explaining the U.S. position to the international audience before her. After hearing nearly two weeks of testimony about the projected extreme impacts of climate change, such as hundreds of millions expected to be displaced by rising sea levels, Pelosi’s meandering series of comments seemed out of place and overly U.S. focused. The most focused comment of her press conference is included in this excerpt, where Pelosi says “We come here about one word – it’s about jobs”. For other nations the focus obviously went beyond “jobs”, with island nation Tuvalu and G77 nations discussing climate change in terms of “survival” and calling a weak agreement a “suicide-pact”.

Report by James George

Video – COP 15 Followup – Al Gore’s Speech

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Copenhagen, Dec 15, 2009.

Al Gore Part 1

Al Gore Part 2 Al Gore Part 3 Al Gore Part 4 Al Gore Part 5

Excerpts from Al Gore’s speech inside the Bella Center at the COP 15:

“The alternative to success is unacceptable.”

“This historic gathering is being attended by leaders from almost every nation in the world, some of them already here, most of them due to arrive in the next forty eight hours. But there is one important part of humankind not present and not formally represented at these negotiations. Even though I have no credentials entitling me to speak for them, I would nevertheless like to advocate their interests. They are the generations that will follow us. The decisions made here in Copenhagen will powerfully determine the shape and the nature of the future that they will inherit from us. They will not care very much about some of the disputes that are raging here in this conference. They will find it difficult to understand how some of these disputes could be allowed to interfere with the result that is essential for the survival of our civilization.”

“More is at stake than many seem to realize. Now that global civilization is interconnected on every continent as never before, we here must reclaim our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption. That is our challenge. The future of human civilization is threatened as never before.”

Report by James George

French Constitutional Court Rejects Carbon Tax (Update1) – BusinessWeek

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

‘Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — France’s constitutional court rejected a proposed tax on carbon emissions, saying a web of exemptions violated the principal of equality and rendered efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions ineffective.’

via French Constitutional Court Rejects Carbon Tax (Update1) – BusinessWeek.

GOP Protest Builds Against EPA Regulating Greenhouse Gases | SolveClimate.com

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

A storm of Republican protest is erupting over the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases pose a public danger, with the latest wave coming from a state among those most at risk from the effects of climate change.

via GOP Protest Builds Against EPA Regulating Greenhouse Gases | SolveClimate.com.

Loans to Boost Nuclear Industry Seen Coming Soon – CNBC

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

‘The Obama administration is poised to announce loan guarantees to help kick-start the country’s nuclear power industry, which hasn’t built a new plant in more than three decades.Congress authorized $18.5 billion for nuclear loan guarantees in 2005, hoping to revive development of the carbon-free source of energy. Investments in nuclear power have dried up on soaring costs following the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island.’

via Loans to Boost Nuclear Industry Seen Coming Soon – CNBC.

Senate Democrats to W.H.: Drop cap and trade – - POLITICO.com

Monday, December 28th, 2009

‘Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.’

via Senate Democrats to W.H.: Drop cap and trade – - POLITICO.com.

Video – COP 15 Followup – Dr. Helen Caldicott, “False Promises of Nuclear Energy”

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Copenhagen, Dec 12, 2009

Dr. Helen Caldicott delivered the keynote address at a talk entitled “False Promises of Nuclear Energy” in the Liva Weel room in the Bella Center as part of the COP 15. The event, sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) along with several international partners, also included testimony by panelists Nadezhda Kutepova, Kaisha Atakhanova, Olga Podosenova, and Karin Wurzbacher. Helen Caldicott also spoke later in the day at the conclusion of the large climate march through Copenhagen.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Report by James George

VIDEO – COP 15 Followup – Youth Climate Protestors Expose the FOX News Polar Bear Skeptic Coverage

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Copenhagen, Dec 18, ~ 1 a.m.

Youth Climate Protestors, during their sit in at the Bella Center in Copenhagen calling for a “Fair, Ambitious, and Legally Binding” COP15 agreement, explain all about FOX News and the Climate Bear Skeptic.

Video – COP 15 Followup – Bob Corell – Sea Level Rise Already Commited

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Copenhagen, Dec 14, 2009
After a press conference on the report “Melting snow and ice” commissioned by Al Gore and Norway’s minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre, Bob Corell, who is both on the Task Force and a Scientific Contributer to the report, answered a few more questions. Here he states that due to heat already in the oceans, sea levels will rise, even if all emissions were to be completely cut. The troubling implication is that island nations are going to disappear.

Beef group challenges U.S. EPA climate finding | Reuters

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

‘WASHINGTON Reuters – A beef industry group has challenged a ruling by U.S. environmental regulators that greenhouse gas emissions endanger human health, saying the move would hurt agriculture.’

via Beef group challenges U.S. EPA climate finding | Reuters.