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The 99 Percent Have Found Our Voice


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Here below an inspired letter by John Cavanagh, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C.
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Could any of us have imagined that in six short weeks, the people of this country would have found our voice? Most of you reading this have likely participated in Occupy activities in your town or city. IPS board member Barbara Ehrenreich worked with IPS interns to create a massive list of phone numbers of mayors of Occupied towns. They came up with over 400 places where people are standing up to be heard.

These are days of action.
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What happened in Panama?

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What happened at the climate talks in Panama -- the last negotiation session before COP17 in Durban 28 Nov -9 Dec 2011? Check out the Third World Network detailed reports from the negotiations through their 18 (!) TWN Panama News Updates. Downloadable as PDF-documents from the TWN website.
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G77 Pushes USA To Be Honest

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PRESS RELEASE
4 October 2011

G77 Pushes USA To Be Honest -- Inaction at home and at UN climate talks
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA - Today - As UN climate talks continue, developing countries redoubled efforts to build bridges to find agreement in time for the annual UN climate summit in Durban this November (CoP 17).

Jorge Arguello, Chair of the Group of 77 and Chna (G77) said: "We want to stop hearing about red lines and start hearing about what the developed world are prepared to do."

"Climate change is not the kind of problem you can just wish away. The US and others have to stop explaining why they won't take action and face the consequences of what their inaction entails." Argüello said.
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Caught! EU business lobby funding climate legislation blockers in US Senate

Caught! EU business lobby funding climate legislation blockers in US Senate
Monday, 25 October 2010 10:12


Today CAN Europe [1] released a new report [2] based on an analysis of publicly available campaign finance records, definitively proving that polluting European companies are funding climate legislation blockers in US politics. Their overseas support is all the more galling because the same companies argue that additional emissions reductions in Europe cannot be pursued until the United States takes action.

“It’s disturbing that these European polluters fund anti-climate crusaders in the US while simultaneously fighting against strong climate legislation in Europe,” said Tomas Wyns, CAN Europe Senior Policy Officer. “This newly released data proves the anecdotal rumours about European companies that have been circulating for some time.” The report was created using information that became available throughout the month of October, based on data released by the US Federal Elections Commission and accessible via the Open Secrets database [3]. CAN Europe uncovered what appears to be a clear pattern of European polluters influencing United States climate and energy policies through targeted donations to candidates who oppose action on climate change.
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What role for the US? A question for the rest of the world


Civil society assessment of US climate policy and arguments for why the rest of the world should reject the US led "new paradigm" of voluntary pledges and stick to the Bali Road map and the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol.

"The world therefore faces a simple question: What to do with the United States? If developed countries opt for a Copenhagen Accord-type non-binding system of voluntary pledges, with no science- and equity-based aggregate target, then they will be dangerously backsliding from a legally binding system simply to secure a commitment by the United States to do whatever it was going to do anyway – nothing more and nothing less. If this is the case, then the “basic bargain” the US offers seems a bad one."

Full three-page assessment here.
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Todd Stern on US climate change policy: "A New Paradigm..."

Here is a statement delivered by Todd Stern, the US Climate Change Envoy, on 8 October entitled: "A New Paradigm: Climate Change Negotiations in the Post-Copenhagen Era", which outlines the US positions on the climate change negotiations.
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"A Challenge for the U.S. to match China's efforts to address Climate Change"

Here is a recent letter send to Todd Stern, US Special envoy on climate change, from a number of Chinese academics and civil society organisations, arguing that the US must stop using China as an excuse for inaction, and showing that the Chinese efforts on climate change are more serious and stringent those of the US, while China still is a developing country in many respects. See also this fact sheet
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Comparison between China and the US

Here is an interesting table comparing the US and China on a number of issues – a quite embarrassing reading for the US. Issued as fact sheet to accompany a letter to the US delegation by a number of Chinese civil society organisations.
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News reporting from Tianjin, with focus on China challenging US

China and US clash at climate talkshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/06/china-climate-talks-us-negotiatorAFP: China tells rich nations to improve emission targetshttp://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwsL_RY6bdU9YcSBwBR9C7GUM1zw?docId=CNG.5cb7ef236c63dc32da7a98f3cefc25f2.481Bloomberg: China Envoy Says U.S., Others Should Raise Emissions Targets, AFP Reportshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-05/china-envoy-says-u-s-others-should-raise-emissions-targets-afp-reports.htm
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Congress letter to Hilary Clinton arguing for a UNFCCC climate fund

Within the US there is substantial support for the kind of climate financing under a UNFCCC global fund that developing countries and civil society orgnisations are calling for. Here a recent letter to Hilary Clinton from a large number of US Congressmen showing support for such a new global climate fund under the UNFCCC – something that challenges the present US position under Obama considerably.
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