This isn’t a surprise, but it’s certainly yet another indication of government priorities related to climate change. There are, of course, exceptions. But in general, and with the U.S. firmly in the “general,” not the “exception” category, postpone, delay, and keep the petroleum industries happy are key.
Via TruthOut: (emphasis added throughout post)
The United Nations climate talks in Doha went a full extra 24 hours and ended without increased cuts in fossil fuel emissions and without financial commitments between 2013 and 2015. …
The Doha Gateway creates a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol to cut fossil fuel emissions by industrialised nations from 2013 to 2020 but does not set new targets. There is also no financial support to help poor countries adapt to impacts of climate change — only agreement for more meetings in 2013. …
The U.S. delegates blocked all references that implied compensation or liability, openly admitting they feared a political backlash at home, according to an anonymous source.
It’s all about priorities, of course. And who gets to determine them.
From Common Dreams, some analysis regarding the science of climate change / global warming:
New Study: Scientists’ Early Climate Predictions Prove Accurate
Leaders of the world’s nations keep getting it wrong even as study after study and analysis after analysis show that climate scientists have been long getting it right on climate change.
The latest scientific report, which comes on the immediate heals on what campaigners called a ‘sham’ of a climate summit in Doha, shows that the climate study released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1990 has proved remarkably prescient more than twenty years after its initial release. …
Despite the accuracy of early IPCC studies and the mountains of scientific evidence that have followed, it is startling to see that politicians around the world are unable to craft treaties and confirm commitments that acknowledge the seriousness of the problem.
It should be “startling,” but apparently to many, it’s just boring.
The Common Dreams piece quotes Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth International climate justice coordinator:
‘As the talks in Doha show, people around the world cannot wait for our governments to see sense and deliver the solutions. Working together in our communities, people are already resisting fossil fuels and dirty energy, building clean energy cooperatives, transforming our food systems, and protecting our forests, land and water from multinational corporations. Only people-and-planet-centered solutions will solve the climate crisis and create a better future for us all. We must make our governments listen and demand climate justice now.’
And “people” are doing that, from focuses on the toxic dangers of deep sea drilling, fracking, tar sands extraction, refineries, “clean coal,” and more.
The pie chart above was created by Jim Powell, who writes “Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility,” at Nation of Change. Based on his research:
By my definition, 24 of the 13,950 articles, 0.17% or 1 in 581, clearly reject global warming or endorse a cause other than CO2 emissions for observed warming. … The 24 articles have been cited a total of 113 times over the nearly 21-year period, for an average of close to 5 citations each.
When looking at scientific evidence, peer reviewed research, minds are changing, even as many governments drag their feet in the tar sands. As Jill Fitzsimmons notes, at Media Matters:
A new study showing that polar ice is melting faster than before has convinced even Fox’s Stuart Varney, who previously said climate change was a ‘scientific conspiracy.’ The Fox Business host acknowledged that the study, which adds to the extensive body of science showing the threat of manmade climate change, is ‘hard evidence’ from an ‘authoritative source.’
There is hope, when even someone at Fox is convinced, and says so on-air. There’s even more hope, when we see activists at work, day after day. Now if more people will pay attention …
(Climate Change Pie Chart via Nation of Change)