Thursday, December 06, 2007
The Ugly (and Petulant) Americans in Bali
American climate negotiators refused to back down in their opposition to mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions Thursday, even as a U.S. Senate panel endorsed sharp reductions in pollution blamed for global warming.
The United States, the world's largest producer of such gases, has resisted calls for strict limits on emissions at the U.N. climate conference, which is aimed at launching negotiations for an agreement to follow the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012.
Luckily, youth delegates from the USA are letting the Bush administration know that they don't really represent the views of the American People anymore.
"We feel we have a responsibility to face our representatives and make sure our voice is heard, that the US must honor its promises to support a roadmap for a secure climate for future generations" said Whit Jones, 22, a youth delegate from Portland, Maine. "As a delegation of elected officials, student body presidents, international scholars, teachers, community activists, journalists, and green entrepreneurs, we hope that the State Department officials listen to our diverse and unified voice representing the position of the majority of Americans."
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