US seeks G8 climate text changes

OK, reducing greenhouse emissions is a noble goal and I can certainly see why the other members of the G8 summit might not like the idea of the US wanting to leave greenhouse emissions out completely.

However, setting a cap on temperature increase? At what point did we determine we have that much control on global temperatures? None of this global “consensus” on climate change has determined exactly how much temperature increase is contributed by carbon emissions, they have simply come to the conclusion that we are somehow contributing to certain measurements, with terms like “likely”, “somewhat likely”, “very likely,” etc.

Do they intend to simply treat it like a thermostat? Lower emissions and the temperature will automatically stop going up?

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature

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2 Responses to “US seeks G8 climate text changes”

  1. Rip Says:

    It’s logical that the US wouldn’t want to suffer substantial economic consequences for actions that have a “potential” positive. As Logipundit has pointed out in earlier posts, our country has made substantial steps in the right direction with regard to greenhouse emissions and related technologies.

    Yes, there needs to be a “big picture” solution, but creating an arbitrary ceiling on the temperature of our planet is a little too lofty for modern government.

    I would support a gas/energy tax before I would support this (and I am by no means a fan of taxes of any kind). On that note, isn’t it true that we use more energy because we are a commuting nation? It’s not that we drive SUV’s so much as the fact that we live so far from where we work (and live so far from our family and friends). While there’s no easy solution to this, its an important part to the problem of high energy use in the USA.

  2. Kvatch Says:

    However, setting a cap on temperature increase? At what point did we determine we have that much control on global temperatures?

    A cap on global temperatures?!

    BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    [snif] OK, all better now. Sheesh.


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