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December 16, 2009

Good News: Copenhagen Climate Summit Is Pretty Much A Disaster

Lots of rioting lefties, pissed off third world 'leaders' not happy with how their extortion attempts are going and the French are whining.

Seriously, does it get any better than this?

“Collapsing in chaos” is a phrase the media is using to describe the Copenhagen climate conference, and that certainly is the feeling among many here at the Bella Center....

Substantively, it looks as though little has been accomplished towards binding emissions targets to replace the expiring provisions in the existing Kyoto Protocol. The reason is simple - reducing carbon dioxide emissions is prohibitively expensive. The citizens of none of the 192 nations represented here really want this done to them. Certainly not Americans, whose concern for global warming is plummeting while concern for the economy and jobs remains high. Not the Europeans whose words are rarely backed up by actions- many have not reduced their emissions under Kyoto yet are asking for tougher targets here. And not developing nations who insist on being exempted from any binding targets while demanding aid packages in the hundreds of billions annually, well above anything the developed world is willing to offer.

France's ambassador to this Rogue's Gallery is learning the same lesson a lot of liberals here in the US are...Obama may talk their language but He's not willing to put Himself on the line.

In an interview, Brice Lalonde said the progress of negotiations is "not good," and complained that the U.S. has been too "defensive" throughout the summit. While praising the Obama administration's moves to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, he criticized the U.S. for not coming to the summit with a long-term proposal for financing efforts in the developing world to fight climate change.

..."Some door has to be opened on long-term financing, and it has to be opened here," Mr. Lalonde said. He conceded that the Obama administration's negotiating position is constrained by the U.S. Senate's decision to delay action on climate legislation until next spring. But he said, "we all have problems with our senates and parliaments."

"We understand [President Obama] has a smart tactic, which is to never hassle the Congress," Mr. Lalonde said. "But he must nevertheless speak to the American people. He must convince them that [passing climate legislation] is important."

In fairness, I'm sure Obama would love to transfer large amounts of wealth to the rest of the world. The problem is, He maybe a God but He's not a king and He needs the Senate to act. Turns out many senators are only willing to commit political suicide once and they are going with health care not climate change.

Still, Obama is scheduled to show up at the circus on Friday so there's still a chance He'll screw things up but let's be honest, his track record in Copenhagen isn't that great.

Somewhat related, House Democrats are beginning to notice their colleagues in the other body are hanging them out to dry.

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