“Can we get numbers on the table (at Copenhagen), numbers for how much the emissions are going to fall from all the key developed countries, and can we get clear actions to contribute to cut global emissions from developing nations?” asks UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband.
“That may not happen, but I think it can happen … if we really push hard,” he says.
However. he agrees with the interviewer in this Real News clip, “that if the US isn’t going to be a party even to this agreement of figures, if China isn’t, if Indian isn’t, then there isn’t really a deal worth talking about.”
Miliband is optimistic. “It is possible that the US will come to Copenhagen with numbers with how much they will reduce their emission, despite not having a Senate bill. I’m saying that they need to do that.”
So there is some hope. Numbers may actually be chipped in stone on December 8.
But will they prove to be as meaningless as Canada’s were at Kyoto?