It’s 2:30am, and I’m just back from the conference centre. Plenty of our delegation and many others will be pulling all-nighters. Was just preparing to leave a couple of hours ago when got a call that the US are trying to insert a completely new text into the mitigation section.
I’m going to just paste in the text and quote from Shane, our political head. It’s pretty techie but I can tell you this much: It is more backward than pre-Kyoto texts, it’s all about voluntary targets for greenhouse gas emissions. Quite frankly, it’s a travesty.
The good news is today the EU really did show some leadership, telling the US they will not attend their big emitters meeting unless they see substantive progress here in Bali.
Ok, here goes with the text:
New text which has been proposed by the USA in tonight's ministerial meeting - this is the Mitigation section of the 1CP13 dialogue document
This goes back to pre-Berlin Mandate in 1995.
Quote from Shane Rattenbury "This proposal would throw away 12 years of progress. It's a made in the USA plan for a climate catastrophe, undoing any commitments to cutting greenhouse gases. The clear intent of this proposal is to make an effective agreement to save the climate impossible here in Bali - and this in the week that the IPCC gets a Nobel Peace Prize."
(b) enhanced action on mitigation of climate change, and the means to recognise such action, in the context of sustainable development, including, inter alia, consideration of:
(i) effective, measurable and reportable domestic mitigation actions, [depending on the level of economic development and significance] [ depending on the level of economic development and GHG contributions][depending on the level of economic development and energy utilisation][in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and responsive capabilities]:
(a) including, as appropriate, quantified national emission limitation and reduction objectives, taking into account national circumstances and relative level of efforts;
(b) including, as appropriate, domestic plans and measures that may include binding, market-based and sectoral programs; and
(c) supported, as appropriate, by external technology, financing and capacity building.