Posted by: Tony Carson | 29 September, 2007

The don’t ask, don’t tell approach to Global Warming

With the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) decision to rejected the specific EU proposals to cut carbon emissions we can see in an instant why the US and Canadian plans to deal with global warming won’t work: a lack of specific measurable targets.

After meeting for 10 days, a majority of delegates at the United Nations body that specializes in air transportation rejected a European Union proposal to impose specific quotas on CO2 emissions in 2012 for all flights landing or departing its air space and include airlines in emissions trading schemes.

Indeed, the ICAO agreed to adopt a resolution in which it “urges contracting states to refrain from unilateral implementation of greenhouse gas emissions schemes.” In other words, they agreed not to accept targets.

That’s the Bush (and Harper) plan, a feel-good appeal to volunteerism that is DOA because without specific targets how do you know if you are succeeding or failing.

The rather confusing story is here: Civil aviation conference rejects EU push for emission cuts

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  1. […] Recently, we learned that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) decided to rejected the EU proposals to establish specific measurable targets in order to cut carbon emissions (The don’t ask, don’t tell approach to Global Warming). […]


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