EU Says Hopes Are Fading for a Legally Binding Climate Deal in Copenhagen

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EU Says Hopes Are Fading for a Legally Binding Climate Deal in Copenhagen

WASHINGTON - Responding to the
announcement by the EU that hopes are fading for a legally binding
climate deal in Copenhagen, Antonio Hill, climate advisor for Oxfam
International said:

"Today is ground-hog day. We have been here before. Two years ago,
rich nations promised to deliver a legally binding climate deal in
Copenhagen. Now rich countries have admitted to back pedaling in order to accommodate the US.

"The world's poorest countries who are already struggling to survive
in a changing climate, need action, not more hollow promises. The EU
says it can agree emission reduction targets in Copenhagen. These must
be locked into a legally binding agreement - a second phase of the
Kyoto protocol - with Canada, Australia and Japan. If the US can up the
ante then all well and good. But at a minimum poor countries need a
guarantee of action on at least some of the key elements of the
Copenhagen agreement."

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Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. Oxfam works directly with communities and that seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

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