It emerged that it was not only the United States that was posting strong objections to the wording of the communique, but Russia as well, while India and China had also expressed their own reservations.
--The Observer, 27 May 2007
There are growing signs that it is not the United States that is isolated on international climate politics, but the Europeans. Apparently, neither the Americans, nor China, nor India, and possibly not even Russia, are swinging in behind Europe's position.
--Winand von Petersdorff, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 27 May 2007
Earlier Monday, Merkel's efforts to rally the developing world on climate change received a serious blow when India, which has been invited to the Heiligendamm summit, said it would reject proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The Indian environment ministry said restrictions would slow the country's boooming economy and set back efforts to fight poverty.
--EU Business, 28 May 2007
India says it will reject proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions at a summit meeting of the world's leading economies next month because stricter limits would slow its booming economy.
--Agence France-Presse, 29 May 2007
Beijing voiced reluctance Monday to accept far-reaching cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions. In the German city of Hamburg, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said China was a developing nation and suggested it was up to rich nations to shoulder the cuts. In talks with three leading EU officials before the meeting started, diplomats said Yang insisted there were three sorts of emissions: luxury emissions, normal emissions and survival emissions. 'Ours are necessary for our survival,' he said, according to diplomats who asked not to be quoted by name.
--Deutsche Presse Agentur, 28 May 2007
It was a failure from the start. Russia's biggest conference on the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to fight global warming, began with a speech from a top official who denied that global warming even exists. Most troubling for some of the delegates was the news that the event's chief organizer was not allowed into the country Wednesday.
--Simon Shuster, St Petersburg Times, 29 May 2007
In the run-up to Germany's G8 Presidency, the German Foreign Office had analyzed the differences and the issues in common with the US on climate politic and had advised to concentrate on co-operation on technological progress, emission reduction and the diversification of energy sources. The Environmental Department and parts of the Chancellor's Office, however, wanted obligatory climate goals wrested from Bush. That failed. Washington is adamant: It did not change its position. The cause for the disappointment in Berlin are rather expectations that were too high.
--Berlin Tagesspiegel, 29 May 2007
US House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi refused here Monday to be drawn on whether the United States would back Germany's strong position on climate change at next week's G8 summit.
--Agence France-Presse, 28 May 2007
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