”In spite of all the campaigns against global warming, 53% of Poles said that air pollution was their biggest concern, followed by 35% who said water pollution.”
”We are 38 million people in the middle of Europe and we are behind the rest. We have to catch up with developments in your countries – and that is in everyone’s interest. And if you say to us – a country that gets 95 percent of its energy from coal – that we have to change everything, it’s just a dream. A nice dream, but a dream nonetheless,”
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Poland applies EU climate brakes
Poland gives the thumbs down to plans for a European climate agreement this year, as Denmark prepares for the Climate Summit in 2009.
Poland has made it clear that without extensive compromise, there will be no EU climate agreement at the December EU summit. Archive picture shows Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso – both of whom want a climate agreement as a precursor to next year’s Climate Summit in Copenhagen
The prime minister’s hopes for a global climate agreement in Copenhagen next year appear to have been dashed by Poland.
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has repeatedly said that a global agreement on CO2 reductions at next year’s Climate Summit in Copenhagen is contingent on the European Union being able to reach its own compromise at this year’s December EU summit.
But Poland has made it clear that under current circumstances it will not agree to EU targets and is close to giving up negotiations completely.
”I see no flexibility at all from the rich countries,” says Poland’s Minister for Europe and Climate Delegation leader Mikolaj Dowgielewicz in an interview with Politiken and DR.
At its December summit, the 27 European Union countries are looking to agree on the practical aspects of burden-sharing in order to reach a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. That burden-sharing agreement is seen as vital in getting the United States, India and China, among others, to agree on a global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009.
At the same time, it is hoped that the EU summit will confirm the Union’s ambitious target that 20 percent of Europe’s energy should come from sustainable energy sources by 2020.
But Dowgielewicz says that in reality, the goals are unattainable.
”Poland is not France which has nuclear power. Poland is not Denmark, which is almost self-sufficient in its energy requirement,” says Dowgielewicz.
”We are 38 million people in the middle of Europe and we are behind the rest. We have to catch up with developments in your countries – and that is in everyone’s interest. And if you say to us – a country that gets 95 percent of its energy from coal – that we have to change everything, it’s just a dream. A nice dream, but a dream nonetheless,” he adds.
Dowgielewicz arrives in Brussels today with an ultimatum for the Commission, the French Presidency and other EU countries. His government is adamant that the current negotiations are going nowhere, and that much more consideration must be given to less wealthy EU countries.
The Polish government feels that the current status of the negotiations is impossible and that the French Presidency is only looking out for itself, Italy and Germany – all of whom are hiding behind Poland in a wish to postpone or scrap the European climate agreement.
Dowgielewicz says he finds it difficult to see a compromise.
”There are no good signs for the negotiations of the coming weeks. And quite honestly I am sorry about that. But everyone is going to have to compromise if we are to reach agreement in December. At the moment, I cannot imagine how that is going to be possible,” he concludes.
Edited by Julian Isherwood
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Poles not concerned over global warming
Before next week’s giant international climate conference to be held in Poznań, the daily RZECZPOSPOLITA has published results of a probe on climate change, showing that Poles are more worried about other threats than global warming.
In spite of all the campaigns against global warming, 53% of Poles said that air pollution was their biggest concern, followed by 35% who said water pollution.
Global warming came third at 34%, followed by 26% respondents worried over contaminated food, 17% over forests and 9% over arable land.
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