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A Fossil for the USA December 14, 2009

Posted by Julie in Uncategorized.

As the second week of climate talks unfolded in Copenhagen today, the United States of America was awarded the prestigious Fossil of the the Day Award. The award is presented daily to the country most impeding progress on a fair, ambitious, and binding treaty.

Climate Action Network – International chose the US for today’s award for two reasons:

  1. The US has made no commitment to long-term financing for developing countries, a major shortcoming that could sink the Copenhagen talks altogether
  2. Despite being the biggest cumulative emitter of global warming pollution, the US has among the weakest emissions targets of any major developed country. Given that the science calls for 40%+ reductions below 1990 levels by 2020, the US goal of just 4% cuts by 2020 is laughable

While the formal Fossil award ceremony took place inside the Belle Center in Copenhagen, we showed up outside the White House in dinosaur costumes and sang the Fossil of the Day jingle (to the tune of the Jurassic Park theme song).

US negotiators in Copenhagen seem to be more concerned about representing the fossil fuel lobby than about standing up for the millions of Americans who want a real deal by the end of this week. Today the international community is blaming and shaming the US for their fossil-like negotiating position at Copenhagen.

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