Welcome to Negotiations, Chinese Style

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a few snippets on the ongoing discussions in Copenhagen.

Developing countries at the United Nations climate summit demanded that rich nations commit money and accept sharper cuts in their emissions, highlighting the divisions among the world’s rich and poor nations that stand in the way of a new global climate deal.

Representatives of China, the world’s largest greenhouse-gas emitter, said President Barack Obama’s proposal that the U.S. reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020 isn’t ambitious enough. Su Wei, the Chinese chief negotiator, said industrialized countries must provide money and technology for developing talks to some of them.

The response to a proposal by the United States and the European Union to provide their “fair share” of a total global figure of $10 billion per year from 2010 to 2012 fell flat on its face, as evidenced by the following observation:

Developing countries want billions of U.S. dollars to reduce their own emissions and limit the impact of global warming, but rich nations haven’t pledged specific figures. That amount “would not buy developing countries’ citizens enough coffins,” said Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, Sudan’s U.N. ambassador, who represents the Group of 77, a body that includes China, India and Brazil.

Instead, developing countries have suggested that industrialized countries contribute as much as 1% of their gross domestic product. In case you aren’t near a calculator, that’s a cool $140 billion for the United States. U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern called this suggestion “untethered from reality.”

Welcome to negotiations, Chinese style!

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