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G-20 Must Focus on Climate Change, Group Says

World leaders meeting in Pittsburgh today are tackling banker pay, financial trading and trade imbalances.

That’s not enough, according to the Center for American Progress, the liberal think tank with close ties to the Obama administration.

The center released an essay by John Podesta, its founder and the Clinton administration chief of staff, and the Indian scholar Rajendra Pachauri urging officials to focus on climate change.

“The world’s leading economic powers remain inactive in preventing an increase in the serious impacts of climate change,” they wrote.

One notable thing about the G-20 meeting is the insistence by the Obama administration and others that the group – larger than the G-8 – remain the central forum for global economic policymaking. That brings in developing as well as developed countries.

But Podesta and Pachauri write that when it comes to climate change, the biggest difference is between these two groups.

“The greatest divide that remains, however, is between developed and developing countries,” they write. “While it is true that developed countries carry the burden of historical responsibility, and must prove to be the first movers in mitigation, developing countries will become bigger emitters in the future; this intractable dynamic is proving unconstructive.”

Read the whole essay.

-- Zachary A. Goldfarb

By Frank Ahrens  |  September 25, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
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Yeah, sure. We need to rush right out and get busy doing Podesta's bidding.
Not really. Who believes anything this Clinton apologist has to say?
These corrupt democrats are just fanning the global warming scam so their buddies, like dishonest Al Gore can pile up some more money.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 26, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

For the sake of the worlds economy the G-20 must focus on bringing an end to the climate change scam. Even if AGW was true (which it isn't) the cost of the taxes and other preventive measures will cost way more than the cost of fixing the few problem that might occur with warming. An since the warming (which stopped in 1998) is natural we would be stuck with the cost of fixing the problem anyway.

Posted by: nubeldorf1 | September 26, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

With HALF of Australia's Great Barrier Reef Dead, Glaciers and Polar Ice Sheets melting more and more rapidly, Droughts already wiping out miles of crops, pollution of lakes, rivers, oceans totally out of control. . . there are STILL morons so IGNORANT of the earth and biological sciences that they actually IGNORE this very real already occurring Global Warming Disaster?
Geeze! Where did we get such mentally challenged idiots?

Posted by: lufrank1 | September 26, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The north-south divide is common knowledge. But history is not relevant to the economic reality that in global markets, carbon emissions trading must be cleared internationally. Come on, boys, this is business. Stop the posturing.

Posted by: thothh | September 26, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

This is such a joke. If the U.S. stopped all so-called "carbon emissions", the climate would not change a bit.

...and by the way, temperatures have been dropping for the past few years.

Why do you think they stopped calling it global warming? Because that phrase did not jive with the facts.

And "climate change" is such a joke mainly because the climate is always changing. We've had ice ages, some big some small. We've had hot climates, some big some small. And almost all were long before man was smart enough to pick his navel.

The church of "global warming... er climate change" knows they're in trouble, so they're getting more shrill as the evidence mounts against this religion.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 27, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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