The White House just announced an updated schedule for President Obama's trip to the international climate change talks in Copenhagen.
The President will now go to Copenhagen on December 18th. That means he'll be there for the final day of negotiations – and will have a chance to ensure the talks make progress toward an effective treaty that can be negotiated and adopted after Senate action on a bill to cap U.S. carbon pollution.
AP says the President is:
.. hoping to capitalize on steps by India and China and build a more meaningful political accord.
The Chicago Tribune's The Swamp, meanwhile, says the White House decision:
… immediately raises expectations anew for some type of climate agreement to result from the talks.
Here's the official White House statement in full.