More Stone Roses...'How Do You Sleep?'
Ed Miliband, Climate Change Secretary, is brother of David Miliband, Foreign Secretary, another Labour apparatchick intent on dissolving UK sovereignty like crumbly disprin in a glass of water. So, Ed, Sudan rejected it and compared the deal to the Holocaust! Oh well! Carry on regardless, eh?! What do they know?! A Telegraph blogger says Ed Miliband didn't sleep well at all at the Copenhagen Summit...With an attitute like that to the concerns of Sudan, I'm not surprised!
The UK's climate change secretary has said the UN Copenhagen summit was the "most chaotic show on earth" and arguments "strangled" negotiations [or is that impositions]. Ed Miliband said he was disappointed China and India did not want legally binding targets, and Sudan and Venezuela almost overturned the accord. Delegates largely backed a US-led climate deal which included limiting temperature rises to less than 2C. But the 193-nation summit ended with delegates taking "note" of the deal.Crackin'! Ed Miliband, another Marxist ideologue in a conference full of Marxist ideologues...
The accord, reached between the US, China and a small group of other countries, was recognised by delegates on Saturday afternoon. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the agreement must be made legally binding next year. The pact did not win unanimous support, amid opposition from some developing nations. Mr Miliband said "sticking points" had led four or five countries to almost "dump the agreement completely" at 4am on Saturday morning. He said he had been in his hotel room, "in his underwear", when he was called back for "hours of wrangling" to stop a deal being blocked.
"The whole accord was in danger of being overturned by some countries, including Sudan and Venezuela. I was told that actually the deal looked like it might be just blocked. The Sudanese delegate in particular had compared the deal to the holocaust and was trying to whip up anger against it. Luckily we found a way round the issue, but it highlights the complexity of a deal when it needs unanimity," he said.
He said some developing countries, such as China, did not want targets to be under international legally-binding obligations. "They have doubts about whether we should, as a world, commit to a kind of bigger target, to say, for example - as the scientists say - we should cut our carbon emissions by 50% by 2050."
But he said talks had not been "a waste of time" because it was the first time both developed and developing countries wanted to tackle the problem. There was also "importantly, finance in the deal", he said.
The agreement outlined a goal of providing $100bn a year by 2020 to help poorer countries and also promised to deliver $30bn (£18.5bn) of aid for developing nations over the next three years. Mr Miliband said there would be more transparency in about six weeks, when countries had agreed to put forward their targets. He said he had "absolutely not given up hope, but it was important to move forward urgently" and a legal agreement "was still necessary".