A senior India climate negotiater has blasted climate commitments from nations such as the U.S, Japan, and Australia, calling them "pathetic". He both questions whether the nations would achieve their goals and says they aren't enough. He says developing nations shouldn't be punished for these shortcomings.  (Source: Write on New Jersey)

India's emissions are estimated to triple by 2030, even as industrialized nations cut their emissions.  (Source:
Rising tech nation accuses Europe and U.S. of belittling it, coming up short with climate promises

The Copenhagen summit, a worldwide meeting to try to develop a cohesive plan to combat global warming, wrapped up last month.  The summit hosted 110 leaders from nations around the world, including U.S. President Barack Obama.  Many view the summit as a success as 55 nations met the January 31 deadline to summit their emissions plans, set in the Copenhagen Accord.  

Greenhouse gases come from diverse sources including agriculture, industry, and transportation.  The plans involve reducing the release of these gases such as carbon dioxide and methane by a set percent in order to try to keep global temperature increases within a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius.

The commitment, though, varied wildly.  The U.S. pledged to cut 17 percent of its emissions with respect to 2000 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.  The host, the European Union, pledged even bigger cuts -- 20 percent emissions reductions with respect to 
1990 levels by 2020.

Other nations only committed to relatively minor cuts.  Australia said it would only cut emissions 5 percent by 2020.  Japan and New Zealand refused to commit to any definitive cuts unless a uniform global cut was adopted.

Now one of India's senior negotiators at the summit has aired harsh words about the industrialized nations' level of commitment to combating climate change.  Chandrashekhar Dasgupta states, "We need truly ambitious emission reduction commitments from industrialized countries. If you see figures that industrialized countries have submitted in response to the Copenhagen Accord, these are truly pathetic."

He also questioned that some of the nations would meet even their modest commitments.  He comments, "The European Union had envisaged a reduction of from 25% to 30% from developed countries, they're nowhere near this."

He and his fellow leaders in developing nations such as China have called on the industrialized nations to make 40 percent cuts by 2040, with respect to 2000 levels.  He accuses the industrialized nations of disrespecting developing nations' leaders at the summit saying he was "lectured and hectored" by them.

He vents, "We can do so much consistent with maintaining our development priorities. Beyond this, it is going to cost tens of billions of dollars. The upper end of the commitments will take us to a peaking of global emissions by about 2020, maybe a bit later."

Britain's Energy Secretary Ed Miliband refuted Mr. Dasgupta's accusations, saying the commitments from the European Union were ambitious and sufficient.  He states, "The upper end of the commitments will take us to a peaking of global emissions by about 2020, maybe a bit later. I do think the commitments made in the accord are an important step forward and I don't think they should be dismissed. The key is to get developed countries to drive up to the upper end of their commitments because that is what the world needs."

His comments illustrate a growing battle on the subject of combating climate change.  Industrialized nations say that the so-called third world and developing nations need to do more fight climate change.  Yet, they have been largely unwilling to entice these nations with financial aid.  Meanwhile developing nations largely feel that they should be able to freely expand without restrictions, as industrialized nations already got to ride the bus, so to speak.

Of the industrialized nations a handful have decreased their emissions in recent years such as France, Germany, and Great Britain, without suffering any significant economic detriment.  Others like the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Spain have instead seen significant increases in emissions.

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