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Jakarta Post

Climate skeptics stall negotiations

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 13 2010   /  09:49 am

Climate change skeptics have been used as “a weapon” by countries opposing a binding treaty on emission reductions to stifle climate negotiations, officials say.

Those opposing climate change also often emerged with knotty terms such as “a politically binding statement” or “a legally binding agreement” to confuse talks.

“They use skeptics and unhelpful terms to confuse negotiations. It then impacts the talks,” The President’s special envoy for climate change, Rachmat Witoelar told reporters Thursday.

Rachmat declined to name the countries, saying the number of climate skeptics increased after e-mail messages written by experts questioning predictions by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were leaked before last year’s Copenhagen talks.

Former environment minister Rachmat accused the countries taking sides with the email s...