Friday, December 18, 2009

Copenhagen - Time for Talk is Over

So it is written, so it shall be done.  There won't be any parting seas or healing the planet, Obama's visit to Copenhagen was a bust.   Obama was described as visibly angry as he challenged the congregation of climate change worshipers and some obvious skeptics from China and India the time had come "not to talk but to act" on climate change.

No one seemed very impressed.  From the Guardian:

"Friends of the Earth said in a statement, "Obama has deeply disappointed not only those listening to his speech at the UN talks, he has disappointed the whole world."

The World Wildlife Fund said Obama had let down the international community by failing to commit to pushing for action in Congress: "The only way the world can be sure the US is standing behind its commitments is for the president to clearly state that climate change will be his next top legislative priority."
Obama has obviously failed to learn from his own recent history with the Olympics, his glorious last minute arrivals timed to save the day and produce a win are not working for him.  Coming home from Copenhagen with a binding agreement would have been a disaster for this country economically but would have given Obama a much needed victory to call his own.  It was not to be.  The handwriting has been on the wall that Copenhagen was not going to produce that much needed Obama victory.  While the leaked emails have cast doubt on the "settled science" on a growing global stage, it has become increasingly clear the country didn't see this issue as a priority here at home.

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