The leaders of Germany, India, China, Australia, and even Canada are skipping out on this month’s climate party. Apparently, they have more important things to do than listen to the lecturer-in-chief.
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The UN climate summit will take place on September 23. The event will “help lay the framework for putting a price on carbon.”
The Washington Examiner reported:
The United Nations climate summit on Sept. 23 will “help lay the framework for putting a price on carbon,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.
Ban said the meeting of more than 120 heads of states in New York will also “promote innovative financing mechanisms” to move beyond investments in fossil fuels, and that it would seek to make the “case for removing policy ambiguity” in hopes of pushing nations toward cleaner energy sources.
The comments came during an event for a rollout of a new report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate that said taking action on climate change need not sacrifice economic growth.
The climate summit is seen as a momentum builder for next year’s international negotiations in Paris. Countries there will seek to secure commitments to reduce enough carbon emissions by 2020 to avoid a 2 degree Celsius global temperature rise by 2100.
Conservatives and industry in the United States have fought against pricing carbon, saying it would handicap U.S. economic competitiveness if other nations don’t follow suit. But advocates say doing so would properly value climate- and health-related damages from burning fossil fuels that a scientific consensus says warms the planet.
But it looks like the party will be a bust.
Chinese and Indian leaders already announced they would skip the summit.
Aussie Prime Minister Tony Abbott will also skip the UN climate conference in New York. German leader Angela Merkel will skip the event. And, even Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be attending.