The UN climate summit reached a weak outline of a global agreement last night in Copenhagen, falling far short of what Britain and many poor countries were seeking and leaving months of tough negotiations to come.Who said it? "I hope he fails."
After eight draft texts and all-day talks between 115 world leaders, it was left to Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, to broker a political agreement. The so-called Copenhagen accord "recognises" the scientific case for keeping temperature rises to no more than 2C but did not contain commitments to emissions reductions to achieve that goal.
American officials spun the deal as a "meaningful agreement", but even Obama said: "This progress is not enough."
"We have come a long way, but we have much further to go," he added.
UPDATE: More news from Copenhagen:
In a strange twist, a Washington snowstorm is forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to make an early departure from a global warming summit here in Denmark.LOL. We're expecting up to a foot of snow here in the hills of western Maryland. My sons and I just got back from buying The World's Best Christmas Tree. (Family tradition requires that the entire family praise my selection as absolutely the most beautiful tree they've ever seen.) Now we're about to decorate the tree andnd I say, "Let It Snow!" UPDATE III: Great minds think alike -- The Boss digs Dino, too!
Obama managed to cobble a "feeble" agreement that he is, of course, calling "unprecedented."It's gonna be a blue Christmas for Obama, if we can get Ben Nelson to stand strong and vote "no" on cloture. If any Nebraskans are reading this, CONTACT NELSON'S OFFICE NOW!
Obama leaves the snow-covered Copenhagen summit just in time to catch the East Coast blizzard.