[I'm doing some work for an old friend over at a new site: Speak Out For America. Normally, I'd leave that stuff there, and do my other stuff here...but this is a big story that needs to be discussed-leaks and the leakers that leak them...and I'm especially fond of the title as well...]
The top story from Copenhagen today SHOULD be the demand from Bangladesh that they receive 15% of any climate fund or the offerings from a US Federal Bureaucracy to curb American emissions while the US Congress dithers on Cap and Trade, or even the notion that we must tie any climate change agreement directly to the issue of Human Rights. Instead, we find that the Summit has fallen into disarray over a leaked Danish text of a proposed agreement:
The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN's role in all future climate change negotiations.
The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.
The air is thick with irony. It was only a short time ago that the IPCC's leaked e-mails drew skepticism from the non-scientific world about the truth and sincerity of climate scientists' claims that humans were killing the planet. Now, new leaks and renewed skepticism lead many to question the truth and sincerity of world leaders. Many are coming to believe this is more about money and power than it is about coming together to address issues and solve "global" problems.
The document "Indigenous Peoples Red Road to Copenhagen" calls for Kyoto to be extended via an agreement in Copenhagen, demands that Indigenous Peoples be "fully recognized and respected in all decision-making processes and activities related to climate change", and that "developed" countries must reduce their emissions sufficiently to allow "developing" countries the atmospheric space they need to develop themselves:
The shared vision must acknowledge the historical responsibility of developed countries in terms of causing a climate debt, which comprises an ecological, adaptation and an emissions debt. The shared vision must emphasize the need to take into account the historical responsibility of developed countries for the generation of emissions and their inequitable use of atmospheric space, denying developing countries the environmental space needed for their well?being and sustainable development. Only when the climate debt of the developed countries – their historical responsibility for both adaptation and mitigation is addressed – will the equity principle have been fulfilled and development for all nations will become possible.
The leaked text of what the power brokers in Copenhagen are planning to do runs directly counter to these demands from the Indigenous Peoples and all the other "developing" nations out there asking for international assistance. In suggesting that the UN be squeezed out, and that all the climate funds be managed by the World Bank, it is becoming increasingly clear that Copenhagen is not about protecting the planet but rather about setting up an "offshore account" funded by the respective citizenry of the developed nations, to redistribute as "the circle of commitment" sees fit.
[cross posted at Speak Out For America]