Obama accused of 'breathtaking hypocrisy' on climate change
US ELECTIONEERING THREATENS GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
Commenting on suggestions by America’s chief climate negotiator Todd Stern, that governments should abandon their target for keeping the global average temperature increase below 2oC, Christian Aid’s expert on the international climate talks, Mohamed Adow, said the US Government appeared to be electioneering.
‘President Obama committed to a 2oC global goal in Copenhagen in 2009 and again recently in Durban. Now, immediately before an election, he is walking away from his own weak policies. This backflip with a twist would win a Gold medal at the hypocrisy Olympics. It’s breathtaking,’ he said.
‘The 2oC target was driven by the US and G8 countries. The poor and vulnerable states of Africa, the Pacific, and Latin America have been calling for 1.5oC to avoid catastrophic climate impacts - but now the US is walking away from its own weak global target and pretending this is leadership. I’m glad to see that the EU and AOSIS countries are fighting back,’ added Mr Adow.
‘Even with the existing 0.8oC global temperature rise, the world is witnessing the disastrous effects of climate change and poor, vulnerable communities are unable to cope. If the 2oC limit is abandoned, then the impacts will get dramatically worse and leave millions more people suffering from hunger, diseases, floods and other disasters.’
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