All the news reports — except those coming from the White House — labeled the climate talks in Copenhagen a failure.
On Sunday, for example, The New York Times reported: “After two weeks of delays, theatrics, and last-minute deal-making, the United Nations climate change talks concluded here early Saturday morning with a grudging agreement by the participants to ‘take note’ of a pact shaped by five major nations.
“The final accord, a 12-paragraph document, was a statement of intention, not a binding pledge to begin taking action on global warming — a compromise seen to represent a flawed but essential step forward.”
Other stories painted an even worse picture, because they reported about how China, India, and Brazil double-dealt with the United States and, as Andrea Mitchell reported on MSNBC, had a secret meeting that excluded the United States until President Obama found out about it and joined.
According to the Daily News, “Kate Horner of the environmental group Friends of the Earth, which has pressed for tough emission targets, trashed the outcome as a ‘toothless declaration'.”
We will now have to wait for the talks to resume in Mexico next year, while the earth gets warmer and glaciers melt.
China, currently the world’s No. 1 polluter, and India, are still not subject to independent monitoring with respect to Greenhouse reduction efforts. America is now the world’s second largest polluter.
The United States is in a bind with respect to China, which has become our principal banker and creditor. China buys U.S. Treasury notes, making it possible for us to finance our ever-increasing deficit.
China, regularly described as a developing country, manufactured 9.3 million cars in 2008 while the United States built 8.7 million. It increased its gross domestic product by 8.9 percent this year, the highest rate for any major economy in the world, compared with our 2.5 percent increase.
India, with a population of 1.15 billion, is nipping at China’s heels. With its growing middle class and an abundance of English speakers, India could overtake China economically.
The United States is being pressured to make a financial contribution to developing nations in dealing with climate change irrespective of whether or not those nations carry out any of their responsibilities. I doubt that the Congress will approve such an expenditure.
It didn’t approve the Kyoto Protocols during the Clinton administration because China and India were not subject to any environmental restraints.
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