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Obama Ups US Ante For Climate Emissions Cut: Now 28% by 2025

WASHINGTON – In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House’s plans.

The U.S. plans to announce its commitment Tuesday, the informal deadline for nations to submit their contributions to the United Nations. Although the goal of 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025 isn’t new — President Barack Obama first unveiled it last year during a trip to Beijing — the U.S. proposal has drawn intense interest from the vast majority of countries that have yet to announce how deeply they’ll pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of the treaty.

Obama’s pledge constitutes the opening offer by the U.S. as world leaders strive to reach a climate deal powerful and ambitious enough to prevent the worst effects of climate change. In the works for years, the treaty is set to be finalized in Paris in December. If it’s successful, it will mark the first time all nations — not just wealthier ones like the U.S. — will have agreed to do something about climate change.

As part of its proposal, known to climate negotiators as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, the U.S. will also assert that its contribution is both ambitious and fair, said the individuals briefed on the U.S. proposal, who requested anonymity because the proposal hasn’t been announced.

What metrics the U.S. will use to back up that claim is not yet clear. The European Union, one of the first parties to submit its contribution, pointed to per capita reductions in emissions to show how it is cutting its carbon footprint. But emissions per capita are far higher in the U.S., making it an inconvenient measure for the U.S. to use to show progress.

Being conveniently small, heavily unemployed, generally low production, built from the ground up with massive public transportation, taxed raw as only continental Socialism can do, and with more nuclear power plants than everywhere else combined, Europe wins the “who us, carbon? non!” game without even trying. They own this metric totally.

The U.S. and other developed countries have been aggressively pressing developing nations to step up on climate change — especially those like China and India that are heavily reliant on dirtier sources of energy. Obama has described his strategy as “leading by example” and has sought to use the steps he’s already taken to cut emissions to ramp up pressure on other countries to do the same.

But poorer countries have traditionally balked, arguing their more modest means make reductions more of an imposition and pointing out that historically, they’re responsible for just a small fraction of the heat-trapping gases that industrialized countries have been pumping into the atmosphere for decades. So when Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping both committed to curbing emissions in a joint announcement in November, environmentalists hailed it as a sign that reluctant nations like China were finally getting on board.

IIRC, all China agreed to was to look at it at some point in the future. They didn’t get on board for diddly squat.

Mexico and U.S. agree to co-operate on greenhouse gas cuts — leaving Canada on the sidelines

OTTAWA — The Harper government is temporarily standing on the sidelines as international negotiations ramp up for a United Nations climate conference at the end of this year.

The conference scheduled for Paris in December is supposed to result in a post-2020 global agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions — a successor to the Copenhagen accord signed in 2009.

To help the negotiations, countries that are ready have been asked to submit their emissions targets and climate plans by March 31, a Tuesday deadline Environment Canada says it won’t meet.
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In the meantime, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to a joint task force on climate policy co-operation on Friday after Mexico announced its emissions will peak by 2026 and fall 22 per cent below “business as usual” levels by the year 2030.
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The Harper government, which has repeatedly stressed that Canada’s climate policies must be co-ordinated with our continental trading partners, is not party to the new U.S.-Mexico task force.

Nor will it submit its emissions targets to the summit organizers this week.

“Canada wants to ensure we have a complete picture of what the provinces and territories plan before we submit,” a spokesman for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said in an email Sunday.

How will the U.S. meet its goal? The Obama administration has avoided putting hard numbers on the size of emissions reductions it expects from specific steps the U.S. is taking. In its submission, the EU listed specific economic sectors — such as transportation, energy and manufacturing — where it expects major reductions, and named the specific greenhouse gases it plans to cut.

In contrast, the U.S. is expected to point broadly to the steps it is taking under the climate action plan Obama announced in 2013, such as new rules requiring sweeping cuts from new and existing power plants, stricter emissions limits for cars and trucks, and initiatives targeting specific greenhouse gases like methane and hydrofluorocarbons.

Many of those steps ordered by Obama face major legal challenges and intense political opposition, raising the risk that they could be undermined or even discarded once Obama leaves office in 2017. Contrast that with the EU, where lawmakers have approved a cap-and-trade emissions scheme that U.S. lawmakers have declined to enact.

“Just like every other country, this is a goal — it’s aspirational,” said Alden Meyer, policy director for the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It’s a fairly ambitious objective, especially if you assume that they’re not going to get any help from Congress.”

“Just like every other country, this is a goal — it’s aspirational”

Aspirational? No.

Inspirational? Perhaps, if you still believe in Tinkerbell.

Expectational? Yes, it’s another dumbass move, as expected.

Expirational? You betcha. It’s going to kill us all by flat-lining the economy for generations to come.

Until you see the MSM get behind plans that include building another 200 nuclear power plants, this whole thing is Socialist smoke & mirrors for a One World power grab. Seriously. If all the talk is about cut backs, new fees, raised standards, and magic turbines run by unicorn farts, then all this Climate Change Carbon Come Crap is just an excuse to tax you naked and lower your standard of living to match that of starving swamp algae.

This is America. We can do anything. You want cleaner living? Fine. Me too, although things are pretty clean already IMO. But not at the cost of jobs or quality of life. Plant trees everywhere, and start living at least half underground. Start farming clams, oysters, mussels, and conchs up and down the seaboards. Convert everything to electric power, and build enough nuclear generators to handle the load. Save most of the petrochemicals for building things out of. Plastics. Which become rare, because the “stuff” economy switches back to using metal and wood, and durability becomes the modern watchword.  Perhaps we make just 3 kinds of plastic, all uncolored, all easily recycled formulas. Universal beige. Urban Cars run on electricity and propane. City buses run on propane. City trains run on electricity. Diesel for everything else. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2015 at 02:55 AM   
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