Philippines reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges: Duterte

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte salutes during a military parade and change of command ceremony, at the military headquart
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte salutes during a military parade and change of command ceremony, at the military headquarters in Manila, on July 1, 2016

The Philippines is reviewing its "crazy" commitment to severely cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the Paris climate deal, new President Rodrigo Duterte has warned.

The government of predecessor Benigno Aquino had pledged to the United Nations to cut the Asian country's emissions by 70 percent by 2030 from 2000 levels if it got support from developed nations to convert to clean technologies.

"I have misgivings about this Paris (climate deal).... The problem is these industrialised have reached their destination," Duterte said in a series of speeches during a visit to the southern island of Mindanao on Friday.

The international deal aimed at curbing emissions was signed in Paris in December last year, but only 19 countries including France and island-states threatened by rising sea levels have so far ratified the agreement.

It cannot become effective until 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse-gas have fully approved it.

"There is no treaty to honour. We have not signed the treaty," Duterte said, according to transcripts of his comments released by the presidential palace Saturday.

Duterte, who was elected to a six-year term in May, also said such as the Philippines should be allowed to pursue industrialisation to improve the lives of their people.

Environmentalists take part in a bicycle ride to show solidarity for the global movement for climate justice, in Manila, in Dece
Environmentalists take part in a bicycle ride to show solidarity for the global movement for climate justice, in Manila, in December 2015
"My plan is to put up industrial zones everywhere," said Duterte, with China an "easy market" for such a move.

"If you will not allow us to reach parity, you are already there and we are still here, then I'm saying that's crazy. I will not agree to that."

Duterte said the treaty restrictions would be difficult to implement and the legislature was already reviewing the document.

The previous government had said the reductions were conditional on sufficient financial resources, technology development and transfer being made available to Manila.

The Paris pact calls for capping global warming at well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and 1.5 Celsius if possible, compared with pre-industrial levels.

The accord—which could enter into force later this year, far sooner than expected—sets ambitious goals for capping and funnelling trillions of dollars to poor countries facing an onslaught from climate damage.


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Jul 23, 2016
Duterte, Trump, Ergodan, Putin, and the Austrian neo-Nazi, . . what is happening to us? Adolescent emotions seem to guide these "leaders", who thrive on negativity and stark FEAR.

We are headed for the Last World War.

Jul 23, 2016
Duterte, Trump, Ergodan, Putin, and the Austrian neo-Nazi, . . what is happening to us? Adolescent emotions seem to guide these "leaders", who thrive on negativity and stark FEAR.

We are headed for the Last World War.

You don't get it, George. We're in a scripted SIM....

Jul 23, 2016
Duterte is looking at sinking his country into the Pacific with this attitude. Rising sea levels will seriously affect them, probably more than most other countries. He really needs to look at the longer term. BartV is also very delusional by denying global warming. Doesn't 53C heat in India say anything to him? Oh, that's a natural event that's always happened is how he thinks. The world is going to hell in a handbasket thanks to backward thinkers like BartV and Duterte (and Trump for that matter). We're doomed.

Jul 23, 2016
Duterte, Trump, Ergodan, Putin, and the Austrian neo-Nazi, . . what is happening to us? Adolescent emotions seem to guide these "leaders", who thrive on negativity and stark FEAR.

We are headed for the Last World War.
"The high incidence of sociopathy in human society has a profound effect on the rest of us who must live on this planet, too, even those of us who have not been clinically traumatized. The individuals who constitute this 4 percent drain our relationships, our bank accounts, our accomplishments, our self-esteem, our very peace on earth."

"Those who have no conscience at all are a group unto themselves, whether they be homicidal tyrants or merely ruthless social snipers."

""Likeable," "Charming," "Intelligent," "Alert," "Impressive," "Confidence-inspiring," and "A great success with the ladies": These are the sorts of descriptions repeatedly used by Cleckley in his famous case-studies of psychopaths."

-You guys make great politicians. And despots.

Jul 23, 2016
The world is going to hell in a handbasket thanks to backward thinkers like BartV and Duterte (and Trump for that matter). We're doomed.

Imagine if they were "forward" thinkers like your False "Profit" Al.
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We're saved.

Jul 24, 2016
Duterte has instigated a kill a drug dealer witch hunt, rather than, kill a corrupt politician, as part of his vision for a better Philippines. Populist scaremongering paranoid bull shite that targets the weak and improves the bottom line for those with money; like most of his reform policies. And scarily, more of these types are getting into power. We're all screwed.

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