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Day 8: US 1st AND 3rd for Blocking ‘Bunker Finance’ and Sinking Redd

THIRD: US and Colombia
Colombia and the United States received the 3rd place Fossil of the Day award for moving the process backwards on the REDD text. Instead of deleting and merging text, Colombia and the US added and divided text. In the space of one evening, they expanded a 3 page text on REDD to a 7 page text, which led to a chain reaction of text edits and expansion, preventing the text from reaching ministers. Overall, there was a softening in the text–a big step backwards for what has been, up to now, a fairly positive process on REDD at COP15. While we want to get this car into gear, reverse wasn’t the gear we were thinking of.

SECOND: Canada
For lying to Canadians, to negotiators and to the rest of the world, Canada is awarded a 2nd place Fossil of the Day award. Leaked Cabinet documents from Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, show that Canada has absolutely no intention of meeting its 2020 target. Instead, the government plans to fry Canadians and the planet by letting oil and gas emissions rise another 37% above current levels by 2020. The leaked plan is three times softer on big polluters like the tar sands than the government’s last kid-gloves approach. Canada’s promise of an absolute reduction of 3% below 1990 levels – so often repeated to negotiators here – has been revealed as an outright lie.

Canada has seldom filled us with hope at these climate talks, but even we expected better than this pathetic deception. It’s time to start writing climate policy for Canadians and the world, not for the tar sands.

FIRST: United States
After staying clean during all of last week, The United States took home another first place Fossil of the Day Award today. This one is for being the only industrialized country to block ‘bunker finance’ — the idea that you could pass measures that cut emissions from international aviation and shipping (‘bunker fuels’, in the UN jargon), and in doing so raise revenues to fund adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

It’s hard to see what’s not to like in this idea — you tackle the fastest-growing sources of emissions, and turn them into money to help poor countries in the fight against climate change. Over the last few months, every other industrialised country, even Canada, has come around to the idea. It’s high time the US put some long-term finance on the table, and this is one blindingly obvious way of doing so.

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3 Responses to “Day 8: US 1st AND 3rd for Blocking ‘Bunker Finance’ and Sinking Redd”

  1. Stephan says:

    You’re not being that nice to the real fossils.

  2. [...] von Greenpeace in Berlin so gute Kontakte hat. Nachdem wir gestern abend erfahren haben, dass in Kopenhagen schon wieder die US-Delegation mit dem “Fossil of the Day” ausgezeichnet wurde, hat er seinen Bekannten Don aus der amerikanischen Botschaft um einen kurzen Empfang [...]

  3. Dale says:

    Why don’t you people get areal life and stop waisting time on things that you have no control over!!! I think your all just in it to get on TV or the media spot light….Gawd grow up and make a real change in this world and do something in your life instead of waisting it…..The world is changing and we have no control over it……and if it wasnt for countrys like Canada you wouldnt have a freedom and choice……respect what you have….

    Like I said get a life!!!!!!


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