Italian Senate Calls for Realism on Climate

April 21, 2010

Reassessment and renegotiation

Carlo Stagnaro of Istituto Bruno Leoni reports:

The Italian Senate stands for climate realism. A motion passed on last Wednesday commits the Italian government to promote a sound discussion on climate policies with the European Union and the United Nations, with particular regard to the major changes that have occurred after the economic recession, the Climategate scandal, and the failure to reach a global deal in Copenhagen. In fact, the Senate asks both that the current commitments under the EU climate and energy package are re-negotiated, and that an independent investigation is started on the IPCC process.

The motion presented by Senators Antonio D’Alì (chairman of the Environment Committee) and Guido Possa (chairman of the University and Education Committee) as well as many other center-right colleagues, asks the government, among the other things:

  • To call for an independent investigation into the IPCC methods used to review scientific literature on climate change, as well as on its governance and its officials;
  • To set up a new governance for IPCC, in order to turn it into a truly scientific body, rather than a mostly political one;
  • To review the consequences of the EU’s so-called “20-20-20” agenda, that calls for 20% emissions cuts, 20% more energy efficiency, and 20% renewables by 2020, as well as to obtain assurance that the targets will not be made more stringent (i.e., the emissions reduction target will not be raised up to 30% below 1990 levels);
  • To prioritize the EU and UN policies with respect to more urgent environmental challenges, such as air and water pollution, waste management, etc.

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