19 June 2012 – The US has insisted the word “equitable” must be removed from the text of any agreement at this week’s earth summit in Rio De Janeiro, writes George Monbiot in The Guardian.

“So must any mention of the right to food, water, health, the rule of law, gender equality and women’s empowerment. So must a clear target of preventing two degrees of global warming. So must a commitment to change ‘unsustainable consumption and production patterns’, and to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources,” Monbiot says.

“Most significantly, the US delegation demands the removal of many of the foundations agreed by a Republican president in Rio in 1992….

“This is the government, remember, not of George W Bush but of Barack Obama.”

Why have the world’s leading governments failed us?

“For the same reason that the banks have failed. Political systems that were supposed to represent everyone now return governments of millionaires, financed by and acting on behalf of billionaires. The past 20 years have been a billionaires’ banquet.”

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