Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Republicans ready to stop US climate change funding to IPCC and the World Bank

Great news from the US Congress: GOP is planning to put an end to funding the IPCC and World Bank-led programs:

GOP spending legislation for the State Department and foreign operations announced Tuesday would end U.S. contributions to multilateral funds designed to help poor nations battle climate change.

The fiscal year 2012 bill, which House Appropriations Committee lawmakers will begin considering Wednesday, eliminates funding for the
Clean Technology Fund and the Strategic Climate Fund, rebuffing the White House request for a combined $590 million for the World Bank-led programs.

Current U.S. spending for the programs is $375 million.

The bill also bars U.S. funding for the United Nations’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which produces closely watched multiyear assessments of global warming.
Nor does it allow funding for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, the international forum for efforts to craft a global emissions treaty.

Read the entire article here

One must hope that the Repbublicans will prevail on this. A decision to bar the IPCC funding would be particluarly welcome and necessary. The decisions to cut the climate aid would also set an example for other countries to follow.

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