The enviros are in for a long, cold winter.
Environment and Energy Daily reports,
“The U.S. role here [international treaty-wise] has been somewhat unhelpful,” Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said recently in a call with reporters. “In terms of a mandate or a road map for the longer-term negotiations on the legal framework, they’ve made very hard-line demands for preconditions going in that China, India, Brazil or other major developing countries agree that any commitments they make in this long-term framework would be exactly the same in form rather than substance in legal symmetry.”
This strategy, he said, could steer the talks toward “the kind of voluntary pledge and review framework that the U.S. and others have put on the table, where each country just says what it’s willing to do and you kind of add it up and see how far you’ve gotten.”
“It’s clear that that is likely to be inadequate to the urgency of the problem as outlined by the science,” he said.