December 8th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change
negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.
The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial "Copenhagen accord
", the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit
Negotiating a climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger warming poses to civilisation but also because re-engineering the global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions of dollars redirected. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...climate-accord