09 Dec 1997 Kyoto Daily Bulletin #7
Kyoto Earth Summit Information Center:
There are three possible outcomes of the Kyoto summit: 1) a treaty is negotiated and signed; 2) negotiations break-off altogether as a result of irreconcilable differences; or 3) a new “mandate” is signed, in which all nations participating in the Kyoto conference agree to continue talks and conclude a treaty at some future date.
At this point, the signing of a new mandate appears to be the most likely scenario due to the intransigence of the developing nations’ negotiators, particularly China’s, and the fact that the “Berlin Mandate” is set to expire. U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) essentially endorsed a mandate strategy in a letter to President Clinton on November 25.
“Those who are concerned about the consequences of climate change should consider that agreeing to only half a loaf — that binds only Annex I industrialized nations to emissions limitations — will subject a protocol to intense domestic criticism as premature, unbalanced and inequitable,” Senator Byrd wrote. “A Kyoto Mandate could establish a framework to continue the negotiations, on the basis that this is a global problem requiring global solutions and should be paced and constructed accordingly.”
Senator Byrd reiterated these sentiments in a statement released yesterday.
In other developments, representatives of the AFL-CIO and the United Mineworkers held a press conference here today in which they again insisted that developing countries be included in any agreement reached here. Organized labor, which donated $934,454 in soft money donations to the Democratic Party during the first six months of 1997 alone, is reportedly upset because it has had scarcely any impact upon the Kyoto negotiations.