According to the leaked draft of the final communiqué for the G8 summit scheduled for June 6-8, 2007, the United States is pushing to remove references to the urgency of global warming and the need for a United Nations conference in Bali in December 2007 to begin discussions about a new global plan to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which President Bush refused to ratify in 2001.
U.S. Seeks Language Changes in G8 Documents
According to the draft obtained by Reuters, the United States wants to dilute the language of the communiqué by deleting the following paragraphs:
“We firmly agree that resolute and concerted international action is urgently needed in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and sustain our common basis of living.
“To this end we will, in the face of the U.N. Climate Change Conference at the end of this year, send a clear message on the further development of the international regime to combat climate change.”
In place of that language, the United States wants the final G8 statement to say this: “Addressing climate change is a long-term issue that will require global participation and a diversity of approaches to take into account differing circumstances.”
U.S. Objects to Specific Goals to Address Global Warming
U.S. government officials also objected to specific targets and timetables aimed at cutting human-generated greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. For example, the U.S. objected to goals that would reduce energy consumption, increase energy efficiency, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and limit the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius during the 21st century.
The world’s top climate scientists confirm that some effects of global warming are already under way, and that immediate action is required to slow the increase in global temperatures. Left unchecked, global warming is expected to lead to more frequent and severe storms, floods and droughts as well as widespread disease and famine, which will threaten millions of lives and create even more millions of environmental refugees.
Besides refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and now pressuring the other G8 nations to soften their stance on global warming, the Bush administration has been accused repeatedly of trying to prevent government scientists from speaking out about global warming and has consistently denied the severity and urgency of the climate crisis.