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The UK is on target to double its 2010 Kyoto goal! The UK's Kyoto target was 12.5 percent by 2010. 23 percent is nearly twice that. Now Britain is on course to cut its greenhouse gas by about 23 percent by 2010 from the 1990 level -- nearly double its target under the Kyoto agreement, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said on Friday. This 23 percent reduction puts the UK well on the road to its 2020 goal, which is the next target. To meet 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, Britain had to reduce its emissions by 34 percent.

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The UK is on target to double its 2010 Kyoto goal!

The UK’s Kyoto target was 12.5 percent by 2010. 23 percent is nearly twice that.

Now Britain is on course to cut its greenhouse gas by about 23 percent by 2010 from the 1990 level — nearly double its target under the Kyoto agreement, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said on Friday.

This 23 percent reduction puts the UK well on the road to its 2020 goal, which is the next target. To meet 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, Britain had to reduce its emissions by 34 percent.

One of the key arguments in the denier industry here has been that the Kyoto Accord doesn’t work: Aside from the oft touted argument that

A. global warming doesn’t exist… or if it does;

B. then human activities have nothing to do with causing it…

C. or even if we do have something to do with causing it, then mere legislation can’t lower CO2 emissions

D. …or even if legislation can make countries seek out more renewable power; then any non-fossil energy just doesn’t ‘work’ somehow.

[social_buttons] So ever since most of the civilized world signed Kyoto, there has been a constant drumbeat from all the No We Can’t Think Tanks like the American Enterprise Institute or CATO propelling the idea that Europe is failing to meet the Kyoto goals.

Never mind that to be short of a 2010 goal in 1998 is no indication of failure. But now 2010 is within sighting distance.

And as they sing it in that great American musical South Pacific: If you don’t have a dream…? If you don’t have a dream? How… can you – make a – dream come true?”

This week we have news of yet another Kyoto nation to not just make its Kyoto dream come true – but to…

Double it! The UK is on target to double its 2010 Kyoto goal!

The UK’s Kyoto target was 12.5 percent by 2010. 23 percent is nearly twice that.

Now Britain is on course to cut its greenhouse gas by about 23 percent by 2010 from the 1990 level nearly double its target under the Kyoto agreement, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said on Friday.

This 23 percent reduction puts the UK well on the road to its 2020 goal, which is the next target. To meet 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, Britain has to reduce its emissions by 34 percent.

These interim goals are designed to get Britain to the scientific recommended cut of 80 percent cut by 2050 from the 1990 level. Which takes a steady 2 percent a year, for nations starting back then.

If you don’t have a dream…

But wait for the next nine years of whining: “Britain Still Short of 2020 Kyoto Target”

Via Reuters James Pethokoukis

Image of wind turbine in a first world nation from Groovy Green


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