Protesters Rage Over Climate Deal

December 12, 2008

Poland (ChattahBox) – After months of speculation and anxiety, a deal has finally been made on how to deal with climate change at the EU Summit. But not everyone is happy. As the details of the measures to be taken were released, the protesters who had been waiting with bated breath for a decision expressed outrage at some of the concession that had been made.

Agreeing to cut carbon emissions by 20% before 2020, the move is a historic step in a direction meant to turn-back the sins of the past that have left this planet in serious trouble. There is also a requirement that will force 20% of energy sources to be replaced by alternative methods, a jump start to the quickly falling hopes for renewable energy.

“Europe has today passed its credibility test. We mean business when we talk about climate,” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the EU Commission, said in an official statement directed at President-Elect Barack Obama in an appeal for similar action in the United States.

But the concessions made to industry-heavy countries, including those in Eastern Europe who still have economies based almost completely on those industries has brought critics forward with fears that it won’t be enough to make a lasting change, and that the EU’s apparent willingness to work towards a better future is only skin deep.

Further deals are expected to be made by next year, when the rest of the world is scheduled to begin their own talks in the issue. Until then we will have to wait and see what impact these momentous, but still baby, steps will have on the current crisis.


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