I’m wrong with my last post. There is some climate material in those Wikileaks documents. I started sifting through and found this one. Nothing earth-shattering, but you see the deals being done behind the scenes.
May 8, 2009
Here we see China was never going to accept any targets on CO2 emissions. But they did promise to bring “action items”!
8. (C) UK DCM Wood said the UK Environment and Science
Minister had recently had talks with Chinese officials on
climate change. In the lead up to Copenhagen, China would
not agree to targets on emissions but was willing to be
constructive and would come to Copenhagen with a package of
action items related to nuclear power, renewable energy and
reforestation. Wood said his impression was that China could
be induced to do more on climate change. “
They knew long before that Copenhagen was going to fail.
There are likely more about climate in there. It’ll take an army to go through it. There are some real doozies in their on other topics of Iran, gas and oil projects, etc. I’d say a gold mine of info for many corporations too. This is going to be worse than I thought.
Expect lots of “action items” in Cancun to save face.
Another Wikilieaks climate document found: Jan 29, 2008
Merkel pushing for aggressive measures. Here we see that Merkel is a flaming warmist.
13. (C) Chancellor Merkel and the rest of Germany’s political
leadership remain serious about pursuing aggressive
international measures to meet the challenges of global
warming. Merkel has made climate change a priority of her
Chancellorship and enjoys the overwhelming domestic support
on this. Merkel’s support for mandatory, targeted global
limits on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and an international
cap-and-trade regime reflects a deep-seated belief that only
drastic, concerted efforts on the part of the international
community can slow — and ultimately reverse — the human
contribution to global warming. If anything, Steinmeier
supports tougher standards. While the Germans have been
willing to consider alternative solutions, such as new
technologies for clean coal and renewables, fundamental
differences in our approaches to the issue of climate change
remain, and could lead to more public disagreement in the
future. For example, while Germany will send a delegation to
the January 30 Major Economies Meeting (MEM), the German
Government remains skeptical about the value that the Major
Economies Process (MEP) adds to the UNFCCC track. The Germans
are particularly concerned about the need to avoid
duplication of effort in the various other climate
change-related forums, including the UNFCCC and the G-8.