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Monday, February 14, 2005

Kyoto a dead duck

"The Kyoto Protocol goes into effect Wednesday, and yet its walls are crumbling down" writes Hans Labohm.

The science is flawed, the hyperbole embarrassing and now the political game is not going well:

The international climate conference in Buenos Aires, last December, has been a disaster for the Kyotoists. The US and Australia have repeated their refusal to join. Moreover, China, India and other G-77 countries have made clear that they will not accept any commitment to reduce emissions as from 2012, when Kyoto Mark I expires. More surprisingly, Italy has announced that it will withdraw from the Kyoto process in the same year. It plausible to assume that other European countries, particularly Russia, will follow suit.

So why has Blair gone so much out on a limb? Labohm suggests he simply doesn't want to be held to blame when it all falls apart, but environmentalists suspect greater cynicism: is Blair merely preparing the way for a return to nuclear power?


At 15 February 2005 at 19:05, Blogger Jorgen said...

Do you really think that Blair would go for nuclear power? Even if he was pragmatic enough to go for this option (I will bet that he isn't), Old Labour would crusify him.

At 16 February 2005 at 09:01, Blogger rexie said...

There have been a number of articles like this one around.

The Labour Party is planning to publish a White Paper that would pave the way for the construction of several new nuclear power stations if it emerges victorious from the forthcoming General Election.

The Government is understood to have decided not to reveal its plans until after the election because it believes the issue could be a vote loser.
I find it quite surprising myself but I expect it to happen.


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