The V11 group asks for help

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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A group of 11 countries vulnerable to adverse effects of global warming urged world leaders Tuesday to reach a binding agreement at next month's global conference on the issue.

    The countries called on President Barack Obama and leaders of emerging economies such as India and China to personally attend the talks in Copenhagen.

    Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, the Maldives, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam — calling themselves the V11 — pledged at the Climate Vulnerable Forum in the Maldives to commit to greening their economies as their contribution toward cutting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    On Monday, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives asked fellow developing nations to become "carbon neutral" and lead a drive to reduce global warming.

    The group issued a statement calling upon all countries to "redouble their efforts at reaching a binding, ambitious, fair and effective agreement" in Copenhagen.

    The low-lying Maldives has become an outspoken voice on global warming, even staging an underwater Cabinet meeting last month to promote awareness about rising sea levels.

    It is feared that rising seas could swamp the Indian Ocean archipelago within a century. Its islands average 7 feet (2.1 meters) above sea level.

    Maldives has already pledged to become the world's first carbon-neutral nation and last month announced plans to build a wind farm that can supply 40 percent of its electricity. Carbon neutrality refers to achieving an equal balance of the amount of carbon dioxide — the leading greenhouse gas — emitted and the amount sequestered or offset.

    The Associated Press: Vulnerable countries urge world to cut emissions
     
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    Wow ... talk about the minority dictating the majority.
     
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    A minority that is suffering for the idiocy of the majority. However, rest assured, in a short time, the majority will also be suffering.

    You poor willfully ignrorant wingnut sheep cannot see reality.
     
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    I read it like this: "Dear President Obama. Please throttle your economic system back with "Caps" and "Trade" us your wealth so that we may catch up to and perhaps pass you in standard of living and the world economy. Sucker!".

    Why go to war with a country to pillage it's wealth when they will readily give it to you?
     
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    You mean like the people who want less socialism who are forced to pay for the cretins who want more?
     
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    And I read your comment as someone that is damned ignorant of what is happening right now concerning climatic change.

    We have already given the old technology and manufacturing away. And we are preparing to do the same for the new technology. And it has nothing at all to do with cap and trade. It has everything to do with the fact that the very rich can get even more so by manufacturing in nations with very low labor costs, and no environmental controls, then sell in the US for high money.

    Except, as some people are starting to notice, people in the US aren't buying like they used to. Seems a consumer society fails to consume if there are no wages with which to buy the consumables.
     

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