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 user 2007-05-29 at 2:35:00 pm Views: 52
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    US ‘opposes’ G8 climate proposals
    US appears to have rejected draft proposals by Germany for G8 members
    to agree tough measures in greenhouse gas emissions, leaked documents
    have shown.Wide-ranging US amendments to a draft communique prepared
    ahead of June’s G8 in Germany summit cite a “fundamental opposition” to
    the proposals.

    Germany wants all G8 members to agree timetables and targets for major cuts.
    who leaked the document, said it showed UK PM Tony Blair failed to
    persuade the US to alter its stance.In the document, US officials make
    major changes to the communique.In comments printed in red ink, the US
    negotiators express disappointment that earlier concerns have not been
    taken on board.
    We have tried to ‘tread lightly’ but there is only so far we can go given our fundamental opposition to the German position.

    US comments on leaked communique
    changes strike out entire sentences and significantly reduce the
    certainty with which the statement addresses climate change.”The US
    still has serious, fundamental concerns about this draft statement,” a
    red-inked note reads.”The treatment of climate change runs counter to
    our overall position and crosses ‘multiple red lines’ in terms of what
    we simply cannot agree to,” it continues.”We have tried to ‘tread
    lightly’ but there is only so far we can go given our fundamental
    opposition to the German position.”However, in Washington, senior US
    lawmakers have written to President Bush expressing their dismay at the
    administration’s position, the AFP news agency reports.

    US ‘isolated’
    say the document hints at a looming struggle over the issue of climate
    change at the G8 summit, to be held on 6-8 June in Heiligendamm,
    Germany.Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to use Germany’s presidency of
    the G8 to secure a major climate change deal, including:

        * Agreement to slow the rise in average temperatures this century to 2C

        * A cut in global emissions by 50% below 1990 levels by 2050

        * A rise in energy efficiency in power and transport by 20 percent by 2020.

    Greenpeace Director John Sauven described the US position as “criminal”.
    US administration is clearly ignoring the global scientific consensus
    as well the groundswell of concern about climate change in the United
    States,” he said.Mrs Merkel should make it clear the US was isolated on
    the issue among G8 members, he added.Speaking on 24 May, British Prime
    Minister Tony Blair suggested the US – could be on the verge of
    altering its climate policy.The US has not signed the 2001 Kyoto
    Protocol, which sets out targets for lowering emissions until 2012.”I
    can’t think that there’s going to be many people running for
    presidential office next time round in the US who aren’t going to have
    climate change in their programme,” said Mr Blair.”I think it is
    possible that we will see action – and at least the beginnings of that
    action at the G8 – I hope so. That’s what I’m arguing for.”