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Posted on on November 28th, 2008
by Pincas Jawetz (

 From the following it seems obviously that the Poznan exercise may be doomed from start without a US strong favorable position – so we blame those in favor that is Messrs. Stavros Dimas and Yvo de Boer – that knowingly the US timetable that clearly suggested December 2008 to be a total deadbeat for US change -and they did not postpone the meeting at least to March 2009. Possibly they did not want to see the Czech Presidency represent the EU at that time as Vaclav Klaus, its President, is a nonbeliever in global warming like   British MEP Roger Helmer. Whatever, keeping it in December 2008, and with a US only on the horizon, it will be those Finish MEPs that might indeed derail the effort also in the EU. We can only pray to the weather to keep us out of disaster.

Environment commissioner Stavros Dimas, writing ahead of next month’s UN climate change conference in PoznaÅ„, argues that now is not the time for faint hearts and warns EU governments “that we do not have to make a choice between addressing the financial crisis and taking action to address climate change.   We can, and should, do both.”

Also touching on the link between climate change and the economic downturn, the UN’s top climate change official Yvo de Boer calls for Europe’s leaders to send the world a “vital signal” when they meet in Brussels during the second week of December to agree the EU’s flagship energy and climate change package. “Europe needs to continue to show leadership in reducing its own emissions [and] it must also continue to play a leading role in the fields of international cooperation.”


Finnish MEPs Satu Hassi and Eija-Riitta Korhola also comment on the climate change agenda, with the latter arguing that the EU’s strict emissions trading scheme is causing Europe to become increasingly isolated from other countries and hindering negotiations towards a climate change agreement….. Our feature ends with a different perspective on climate change, with British MEP Roger Helmer writing that fears about global warming are grossly exaggerated, and what we should all be more concerned about is the approaching ice age.

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