2 thoughts on “Obama ready to offer target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions”

  1. Hi Rupert

    If you look at the detail of the article, it says Obama’s target is a cut of “14-20% by 2020, compared with 2005 levels”.

    You must know these figures are completely inadequate. Caroline Lucas recently argued “To have even a 50/50 chance of keeping the global temperature rise below two degrees, the industrialised countries need to adopt binding targets to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2020, based on 1990 levels” (see http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/23175)

    Why don’t you mention how poor Obama’s offer really is rather than presenting them as wholly positive?


  2. Hi Ian.
    Please note that this was a very SHORT blogpost. Just a glorified ‘tweet’ really. It set out to make just one, optimistic/realistic , point.
    You are of course absolutely correct in the point of criticism you are making here. I would add a number of others – most notably, the pessimistic/realistic point that last time around, with Kyoto, the then President (Clinton) tried a similar maneouvre – and the Senate later voted Kyoto down, 95 to 0. I see no reason for much hope that Obama will actually GET (m)any emissions reductions through
    the Senate.
    But: that doesn’t take away from the fact (which was all that Iwas blogging about) that Obama’s (inadequate) target, which would be better than nothing, may at least now energise and focus the minds somewhat, at Copenhagen.

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