World leaders overcame bitter divisions Saturday and agreed to reach a new deal on fighting global warming by 2009, turning a corner in mankind's race to stave off environmental disaster caused by rising temperatures.
The contentious, two-week U.N. climate conference on the resort island of Bali ended with the United States, facing angry criticism from other delegations, relenting in its opposition to a request from developing nations for more technological help fighting climate change.
The new deal does not commit countries to specific actions against global warming. It simply sets an agenda and schedule for negotiators to find ways to reduce pollution and help poor countries adapt to environmental changes by speeding up the transfer of technology and financial assistance.
Despite an aggressive EU-led campaign to include specific emissions reduction targets for industrial nations -- by 25 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 -- the final road map has none.
The guidelines were eliminated after the U.S., joined by Japan and others, argued that targets should come at the end of the two-year negotiations, not the beginning.
- IN TWO YEARS IT SHOULD BE CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT THERE IS NO MAN-MADE GLOBAL-WARMING, AND EVEN PERHAPS THAT THE WORLD IS COOLING.
- SO... WE DODGED A BIG BULLET...
ASSUMING WE DON'T ELECT A DEMOCRAT TO THE WHITE HOUSE!
OF COURSE, THE AP, REUTERS AND THE BBC AND THE NYTIMES IS SPINNING THIS AS A LOSS FOR BUSH! HAH! THE PORTIONS ABOVE WHICH ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN RED PROVE OTHERWISE!