Obama Announces Climate Deal in Copenhagen

Right now, President Obama is announcing that leaders at the Copenhagen climate summit have reached what the White House calls a "meaningful deal."

Details are just starting to emerge, but those inside the Bella conference center, including EDF president Fred Krupp, have gotten a first look at the agreement. Fred says:

Today’s agreement leaves the U.S. in control of its own destiny. We have always known that the path to a clean energy economy goes through Washington, D.C. As President Obama said today, strong action on climate change is in America’s national interest.

It’s the Senate’s turn to speak next. Whether we move ahead with a common-sense plan to create new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and reduce dependence on foreign oil is not up to other countries; it’s up to us. A year from now we can be further ahead or further behind, and the Senate will make the difference.

Today’s agreement takes the first important steps toward true transparency and accountability in an international climate agreement. The sooner the U.S. speaks through Senate legislation, the sooner we can set the terms of engagement for talks to come."

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  1. Scott S.
    Posted December 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    The key words: 'non-binding'. A lot of hot air in a world that has plenty of it already.

  2. Posted January 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    "reduce dependence on foreign oil" and "strong action on climate change" are both important goals. However, they are totally orthoganal issues for the simple reason that reducing carbon emissions will have little, if any, impact on climate change. See http://www.jreality.com/poli/index.html for more info. Thus, Obama is absolutely right in not binding the US to any international agreement involving reduction of carbon emissions as a response to global warming.

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    Open your eyes. The earth is dying. We did SO MUCH damage and before earth auto-repairs itself by wiping us out, we need to do something about it. *somebody* has to STAND UP and say SCREW YOU. Obama did a wonderful job in that. Countries are giving excuses excuses and NOTHING will get solved. US president shows great leadership! Now, if only my country's PM would stand up and speak up internationally. *sigh* Clasamente Fotbal

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  10. Posted January 26, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

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    Obama calls for decisive national ambitions and praises the countries that have already done so. He says he is confident the US will follow."

    What outrageous hypocrisy! There is not the slightest chance of the American electorate buying into this expensive baloney. If the vast majority do not believe AGW exists, why would they want to chuck away their money and wreck their economy just to please some foreign wackos?
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