"The G-8 nations came to a mutual recognition that this target — cutting global emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 — should be a global target," said Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who announced the endorsement.This is, as usual, too little, too late. We should have started 30 years ago and had a target of yesterday to reduce emissions by 50 percent. You might notice also that they didn't say what the basis is for the 50% reduction. Is it 2000 or 1950 or 2010? Makes a big difference.
The G-8 last year at a summit in Germany pledged to consider the 2050 target, and this year's Japanese hosts had hoped to solidify that commitment at the meeting in Toyako, northern Japan.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Same Old Chicken Dance
Not that it is any surprise but our glorious leaders decided that the best thing to do about our environmental crisis is nothing. Once again they pushed out change to another generation. The world needs decisive leadership and this is what we get. They will spin this as a great step and a global agreement but it is just hollow rhetoric. Looks like our grandchildren will get to do all the work while they are choking and starving.