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Reinfeldt: pace of climate talks 'too slow'

AFP/The Local · 23 Sep 2009, 07:05

Published: 23 Sep 2009 07:05 GMT+02:00

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"We are only 76 days from the Copenhagen meeting, but the negotiations are going far too slow and they are still lacking real progress. We are close to a deadlock," he told leaders of some 100 nations attending the gathering.

"Our job is to break the deadlock," he added, urging his peers to "give clear political guidance to the negotiating process."

The mid-December meeting in the Danish capital aims to set down action for curbing heat-trapping carbon emissions beyond 2012, when the current provisions of the Kyoto Protocol run out.

"Frankly, there is no other option than a successful outcome in Copenhagen. Action is long overdue," said Reinfeldt said, whose country currently chairs the European Union.

"For every day that goes without us taking steps, things will get worse, for us all."

Following his speech, Reinfeldt told members of the Swedish press he was disappointed by remarks made at the summit by US president Barack Obama and Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

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According to Reinfeldt, the speeches by leaders of the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases lacked concrete suggestions for how to combat climate change, reports Sveriges Radio (SR).

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15:00 September 23, 2009 by Ozpot
Carbon Dioxide, CO2, is not a pollutant. Carbon Dioxide is a naturally occurring element in our atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide is no more a pollutant that say, oxygen or nitrogen. Without CO2 there would be no life on earth.

Even at present levels, Carbon Dioxide is a trace gas. Current CO2 levels are only a small fraction of the Earth's atmosphere, CO2 represents less than 1/2 of one percent of the atmosphere today Mans influence is just a fraction of this.

Temperature Impacts CO2 Level - CO2 levels do not drive Temperature Change

The Earth's Oceans contain 50 times more CO2 than the atmosphere and as the Sun warms the earth more CO2 is released so the warming of the earth increased the Co2 levels not the other way around.

Current Global Warming trends are neither catastrophic nor are they unusual given the Earth's very recent past.

Q: So why does the media and governments hype this issue so much?

A: Simple they want your money, if the governments get their way you man will be taxed for everything you do. Co2 taxes will be imposed on nearly everything.

Wake up People!!!
16:14 September 23, 2009 by Jive Turkey Daddy
Global warming has morphed into the new hip phrase of Climate change...

Its all bogus. I quote below Australian Geologist Ian Plimer....and even if half of his theories are true then there needs to be some open debate about this issue rather than once again being forced into more taxes, lifestyle changes and travel restrictions based on one sided opinions from the paid off brigade.

No doubt man pollutes the world...chopping trees...killing wildlife and poisoning our seas and rivers with chemicals and trash...but the Carbon Con....I think not.

The scientists words...

'' In the past, climate change has never been driven by CO2. Why should it be now driven by CO2 when the atmospheric CO2 content is low? The main greenhouse gas has always been water vapour. Once there is natural global warming, then CO2 in the atmosphere increases. CO2 is plant food, it is not a pollutant and it is misleading non-scientific spin to talk of carbon pollution. If we had carbon pollution, the skies would be black with fine particles of carbon. We couldn't see or breathe. Climate Change Minister Penny Wong appeals to science yet demonstrates she does not have a primary school understanding of science.

The atmosphere contains 800 billion tonnes of carbon in CO2. Soils and plants contain 2000 billion tonnes, the oceans 39,000 billion tonnes and rocks in the top few kilometres of the crust contain 65,000,000 billion tonnes of carbon in carbon compounds. The atmosphere only contains 0.001 per cent of the total carbon in the top few kilometres of the Earth.

If all the fossil fuel on Earth were burned, the atmospheric CO2 would double. The Earth has been there before and high atmospheric CO2 has accelerated plant growth and increased biodiversity. It is the sun, water vapour, rocks and oceans that have stopped a runaway greenhouse or a permanent snowball Earth.

I would like to see some fundamental questions answered by the climate catastrophists. If CO2 drives temperature, why were there past ice ages when the atmospheric CO2 content was many times greater than at present? Why has the role of clouds been ignored, especially as a 1per cent change in the amount of cloudiness could account for all the changes measured in the past 150 years? If natural forces drove warmings in Roman and medieval times, how do we know that the same natural forces did not drive the late 20th-century warming? Why didn't Earth have acid oceans and a runaway greenhouse when the atmospheric CO2 was hundreds of times higher than now? Is the present increase in atmospheric CO2 due to the medieval warming?

It is human arrogance to think that we can control climate, a process that transfers huge amounts of energy. Once we control the smaller amount of energy transferred by volcanoes and earthquakes, then we can try to control climate.

Until then, climate politics is just a load of ideological hot air.''
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