G-8 a bust for climate accord

posted at 12:42 pm on July 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As I predicted yesterday, the G-8 meeting finally reached a climate-control accord, but one with almost no meaning at all, as the developing nations laughed off suggestions that they hamstring their growing economies.  Instead of agreeing to cap carbon emissions or commit to industrial limits on energy use, the Western nations instead opted to pledge not to make the Earth warmer:

The world’s leading industrial nations tentatively agreed Wednesday to try to prevent global temperatures from rising above a fixed level, after a more far-reaching proposal to slash production of greenhouse gases fizzled, according to U.S. and European negotiators.

Leaders meeting here for the Group of Eight summit said they would pledge to keep temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above average levels of more than a century ago, before large-scale industrial pollution occurred.

Temperatures have already risen by nearly half that amount, leaving little wiggle room. It was unclear what mechanisms, if any, would be adopted to enforce the target.

Some environmental groups saw the announcement as a weak nod at the obvious.

What does this mean?  Absolutely nothing.  It allows the leaders of the G-8 nations to brag about reaching an agreement that literally binds them to do nothing at all.  With temperatures decreasing since 1998′s peak even by the earlier, flawed NASA study, the issue could just as easily be moot.

The environmental groups that had hoped for the imposition of draconian limits on industry struggled to respond to the non-event.  Greenpeace didn’t bother to hide its scorn, expressing its disappointment in the “limited” result.  The Sierra Club lauded the “symbolic” nature of the agreement.  No one pretended that this changed anything at all.

In fact, the G-8 showered disappointment in all directions.  The leaders of the free nations made sure to express its “impatience” with Iran over its nuclear program, and to scold the mullahs for the crackdown on protesters following its rigged presidential election.  However, they couldn’t quite bring themselves to expand the sanctions on Iran for either of those two issues.

Talk, talk, talk.  Blather, blather, blather.  They could have reduced the temperature in L’Aquila, Italy, by avoiding the emissions of the empty gas of their rhetoric.


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Biden told reporters that he really liked the G8 and he was sorry to see GM dropping Pontiac.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

All I can say is Thank God they didn’t do some global version of Cap-n-tax

RocketmanBob on July 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM

A tale told by an idiot.

mojo on July 9, 2009 at 3:29 PM

This is a very, very good thing.

Do you know why?

Think about it for a second.

The main reason this nuttery fell flat was largely due to one fact: the respective sovereign nations that met at the G-8 didn’t want to hamstring themselves, and nobody had the economic, political, or military muscle to convince them otherwise against their will.

When that day comes, there will be trouble.

Dark-Star on July 9, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Barack at G-8

He agrees less mo-nox-ide

Michelle farts roses.

Yoop on July 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Barack at G-8

He agrees less mo-nox-ide

Michelle shows her back side

Popularity poll takes a big slide

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM

The world’s leading industrial nations tentatively agreed Wednesday to try to prevent global temperatures from rising above a fixed level

OOOhhh! That’s going to be hard! For the last 10 years global temperatures have been holding steady or going down. Whatever will they do to keep them from going up again?

taznar on July 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM

You know what they say, if you try to please everybody, you just end up pleasing no one.

Terrye on July 9, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Romeo13 on July 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM

King Canute was a mere beginner, it would seem.

OldEnglish on July 9, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Poseur, Pedophile, Puppet (pictured, left to right).

virgo on July 10, 2009 at 12:37 AM

as the developing nations laughed off suggestions that they hamstring their growing economies.

Go Get’m AlGore!

Herb on July 10, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Damn. I saw the pic and thought this thread was about the Three Stooges.

MadisonConservative on July 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM

No MadisonConservative, that picture/thread is over here:

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/07/09/caption-contest-first-ogler/

jarhead0311 on July 10, 2009 at 1:29 PM

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