The 13-day conference generated heated debate, but environmentalists
point to the fact that in that time alone, more than 1,2-billion
barrels of oil were pumped, 280 000ha of forest were destroyed, and
907-million tons of green-house gases discharged.
While more than 180 nations agreed to launch formal talks on mandatory
post-2012 reductions in greenhouse gases, the largest contributor to
such emissions – the United States – again sulkily refused to play its
Last week the Sunday Tribune carried an article on America’s
behind-the-scenes plotting to destroy Europe’s support for the Kyoto
treaty by pitching a blueprint to companies such as Ford Europe,
Lufthansa and the German utility giant RWE.
Funded by the world’s biggest oil company, ExxonMobil, the plan was for
major internationals, along with like-minded supporters, to band
together to undermine the European Union.