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Will Bonn Climate Conclave Salvage Kyoto by Jettisoning Consensus?

Author: 
Wolfgang Müller

Green groups and the United Nations leadership are pushing a plan to jettison consensus on climate matters in favor of super majority rule. At this week’ UN conference in Bonn, a prelude to the UNFCCC meeting in Cancun this November, representatives will consider a proposal that would allow a four-fifths vote of attending members to set the goals and the punishments for their violations. This comes following two years of deadlock over extending the Kyoto protocol to all nations. Rather than seeing the problem as with the protocol itself and its anti-growth, anti-development nature, Greens and the UN continue to hold the protocol as sacrosanct while giving national sovereignty short shrift. If four-fifths doesn’t work, will they next drop to two-thirds, then to three-fifths and then a simple majority vote of haves versus have nots?