Acordo adiado em Copenhaga
Mike Keefe, «The Denver Post»
Com a impossibilidade de se conseguir um a acordo vinculativo para reduzir as alterações climáticas na cimeira de Copenhaga em Dezembro, até porque o Congresso americano não irá decidir nada este ano e sem os EUA ninguém quer avançar, os líderes mundiais decidiram o óbvio: adiar até 2010 ou mais tarde a elaboração desse acordo. E a “culpa” fda alta de um acordo não irá fugir (em grande parte) aos EUA:
[…] U.S. failure to match expectations with a carbon target by the December deadline may dent confidence in its power to ever be able to deliver, despite President Barack Obama’s strong commitment to fight climate change.
Governments were meant to agree a global deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, the first period of which runs out in 2012, at the December 7-18 meeting in Copenhagen.
But many negotiators say time has run out for the two-year U.N. talks to craft a legally binding text — especially since the U.S. Senate has not passed a supporting law.
Many delegates on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Barcelona, the final preparatory session for the Copenhagen meet, said they were now aiming for a “political deal” in December, with a pact to follow six to 12 months later.
They blamed a long-running rift between rich and poor nations and the financial crisis, but especially rued how the United States had failed to table a formal carbon-cutting target.
“This is probably (a direct result of) the realization that the United States would not come fully into the agreement at Copenhagen,” Bruno Sekoli of Lesotho, chair of a group of least developed nations, said in Barcelona.