|28 Oct 2007.
For immediate release.
"The Kyoto Protocol is a symbolically important expression of governments' concern about climate change. But as an instrument for achieving emissions reductions, it has failed. It has produced no demonstrable reductions in emissions or even in anticipated emissions growth. And it pays no more than token attention to the needs of societies to adapt to existing climate change. The impending United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Bali in December - to decide international policy after 2012 - needs to radically rethink climate policy. Kyoto's supporters often blame non-signatory governments, especially the United States and Australia, for its woes. But the Kyoto Protocol was always the wrong tool for the nature of the job."Prins and Rayner argue that Climate policy after 2012, when the Kyoto treaty expires, needs a radical rethink. More of the same won't do. Instead they suggest that public investment in Energy Research and Development should be put on a "wartime footing".
"Kyoto type polices are dead - let's bury Kyoto, hold the wake, and move on. Developing secure energy sources and adaptation to inevitable natural climate change is the only way forward."The ABD urges all policymakers to read the Prins and Rayner article in order to prevent repetition of past mistakes.