Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent hopes Repub­li­cans change on cli­mate

The Pak Banker - - In­ter­na­tional3 -

CAN­CUN, MEX­ICO: Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Felipe Calderon says he can un­der­stand why U.S. vot­ers in an eco­nomic cri­sis turned to the op­po­si­tion party, but he hopes the Repub­li­cans will even­tu­ally ac­cept the need to pro­tect the planet's cli­mate for "new gen­er­a­tions."

"I hope they can re­al­ize sooner or later how im­por­tant it is for the fu­ture," Calderon said Mon­day. At the same time, in an im­plicit crit­i­cism of China, the Mex­i­can leader also spoke of poorer na­tions tak­ing a "rad­i­cal" po­si­tion against any legally bind­ing com­mit­ments to rein in their emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide and other in­dus­trial, trans­port and agri­cul­tural gases blamed for global warm­ing, some­thing he said Mex­ico is will­ing to do.

Calderon met with The As­so­ci­ated Press af­ter Mon­day's open­ing of the an­nual ne­go­ti­at­ing con­fer­ence of par­ties to the 193-na­tion U.N. cli­mate treaty. Mex­i­can war­ships pa­trolled off the beaches as Calderon's gov­ern­ment, in a bloody strug­gle with drug car­tels, threw a thick se­cu­rity cor­don around the sprawl­ing ho­tel zone in this Caribbean re­sort for the two weeks of talks.

The diplo­matic ef­fort to im­pose stronger con­trols on global warm­ing gases has been stymied in re­cent years by fric­tion be­tween the two big­gest emit­ters, China and the United States. The U.S. has long re­fused to join the rest of the in­dus­tri­al­ized world in the Ky­oto Pro­to­col, the 1997 cli­mate treaty ad­junct that man­dated mod­est emis­sions re­duc­tions by richer na­tions. The Amer­i­cans com­plained it would hurt their econ­omy and it ex­empted such emerg­ing economies as China and In­dia.

The Chi­nese, for their part, have re­sisted pres­sure from the U.S. and oth­ers in re­cent years to take on bind­ing com­mit­ments not to re­duce, but to limit the growth in their emis­sions, say­ing they were still too poor to risk slow­ing down their econ­omy. Many Repub­li­cans dis­miss sci­en­tific ev­i­dence of global warm­ing, and fought against Democrat­spon­sored en­ergy leg­is­la­tion the past two years. -Ap

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