An extension of Kyoto until 2020 was approved, but was opposed by the world’s major polluters: the U.S., China and India. For 15 years, the U.S. has refused to ratify the Kyoto agreement. Previous Kyoto signatories Japan, Russia and Canada also refused to agree to the extension.
About the only good news to come out of the conference for a planet facing a global-warming crisis was an agreement to meet again in 2015 and try to come up with a new commitment to emissions reductions.
At the end of a year that is expected to be the warmest on record, with Arctic ice melting, severe drought in some regions, and the spawning of super storms such as Sandy, you would think the U.S. and other industrial giants would be more proactive in agreeing to emission reductions.
According to Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Friends of the Earth International energy coordinator, “developed countries did not even try to solve the climate crisis at these talks. Instead, they continued to protect the interests of fossil-fueled corporations and helped financial elites grow their latest cash cow: the global carbon market scam.”
Good-bye to Texas
Hey, if Texas really wants to secede from the union, I say go ahead. As one of the reddest states, it clearly is out of touch with most of the rest of the nation.
The latest batch of secession talk was whipped up after the election, in which President Barack Obama was re-elected and Democrats made gains in Congress. It must have been a real blow to Texans, who supported Mitt Romney by nearly a 3-2 margin.
While post-election sourpusses in several states have launched petitions for secession, it all started in Texas, which has forwarded its document with more than 100,000 signatures to the White House.