October 10, 2010

Remove the US roadblock to climate action en route to Cancun

Hopes for a legally binding agreement at the next UN climate conference have been reduced almost to nil by the failure of the US Senate...

It is a certainty that system change will be required in order to promote climate change. This was the theme of Klimaforum09, and it will be continued with Klimaforum10 in parallel with the UN conference in Cancun this year. An important instance of "system change" could be the change in the US political system: to eliminate the US Senate which has been standing in the way of progress on every front. The Senate has not even ratified the Kyoto treaty - and never will. Yet this is a measure that would easily have passed in the US House of Representatives, which is the only legislative body the American people need...

Can we streamline politics to achieve system change?