Politicians sign new climate pact

BBC News – February 16, 2007

This article covers an unofficial meeting where international politicians met and agreed to tackle climate change. This article has very few scientific facts but its political implications are dramatic.

Delegates agreed that developing countries would also have to meet targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, as well as rich countries.

The forum’s closing statement said man-made climate change was now “beyond doubt”.

The two-day meeting brought together legislators from countries including the Group of Eight rich nations, plus Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

US senator Joe Lieberman forecast that the US Congress would enact a law on cutting emissions by the end of next year, possibly this year.


Ethanol Tariff Loophole Sparks a Boom in Caribbean – March 9, 2007

This is an interesting article that technically is not about global warming.  Since most proponents of global warming proclaim that we need to increase our use of alternative energy sources (something I personally agree with but for geo-political reasons – not environmental) this article is fitting for this site.  The article discusses the business of importing ethanol into the US since there is a fairly hefty tariff on such imports to protect US farmers.

His company, EthylChem Ltd., is just one of a rush of new Caribbean enterprises trying to serve the suddenly booming U.S. ethanol market.