Tim Jones, a spokesman for the World Development Movement, said: "The president said he came to act, but showed little evidence of doing so. He showed no awareness of the inequality and injustice of climate change. If America has really made its choice, it is a choice that condemns hundreds of millions of people to climate change disaster."Someone is beginning to look like a one termer.
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."
Many delegates had been looking toward China and the U.S. - the world's two largest carbon polluters - to deepen their pledges to cut their emissions. But that was not to be.
The U.S. got its share of blame.
"President Obama was not very proactive. He didn't offer anything more," said delegate Thomas Negints, from Papua New Guinea. He said his country had hoped for "more on emissions, put more money on the table, take the lead."
Obama may eventually become known as "the man who killed Copenhagen," said Greenpeace U.S. Executive Director Phil Radford.
Money to help poor nations cope with climate change and shift to clean energy seemed to be where negotiators could claim most success. Pollution cuts and the best way to monitor those actions remained unresolved.
Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren, negotiating on behalf of the 27-nation European Union, blamed the impasse on the Chinese for "blocking again and again," and on the U.S. for coming too late with an improved offer, a long-range climate aid program announced Thursday by Clinton.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Harsh Words and Finger Pointing follow Failure
In Copenhagen for two weeks, UN members had been crafting a new and greener future based on the Kyoto accord. Other than some anarchist protesters and video of Danish Police clubbing said protesters, everything was going according to schedule. Now, depending on your point of view, you can believe what you wish to believe. If you're an extreme green, you may choose to believe that President Obama highjacked the show and the whole thing collapsed. On the other hand, if you're acolyte of the Messiah, you may wish to believe that he swooped in at the last moment and salvaged what he could. As in typical in the world today, everything is spun and there is no straight answer but there appear to be some hot headed people around the world this morning:
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