Interim Agreement in Copenhagen Still Alive with Critics
Last week Foreign Policy was investigating "Who Killed Copenhagen." Today an interim agreement was given new life because "Obama is coming to Copenhagen." He has committed to making a one-day stop-over and will carry with him a commitment from the U.S. to specific short-term targets for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The Washington Post reports:
His decision to attend -- and for the first time, commit to an emission reduction target "in the range of" 17 percent below 2005 levels -- prompted an outpouring of support from the environmental community and its Democratic allies, and it drew criticism from GOP opponents.
Critics include Sen. James M. Inhofe (Okla.), the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Inhofe said Obama's attempts to "save" the global warming talks would not play well back home. "I suspect most Americans would rather our President focus on our American economy and help put Americans back to work," Inhofe said in a statement. "The fact remains that international UN climate treaties would severely undermine our economy, ship jobs overseas, and raise energy prices."
For more on how environmentalist are looking at this opposition check out Tom Anthanasiu's post over at Grist. Anthanasiu asks some interesting and probing questions about opposition to international climate action. His questions are based on a Chuck Norris video-Chuck Norris: Copenhagen Talks To Forge “One World Order.”
I mean, how can it be that Chuck Norris, for crying out loud, is trumpeting his populist, pro-poor creds as a way of opposing international climate action? And why is the U.S. climate movement not widely seen as standing up for the American poor? And why is it so damn easy to paint greens as elitists? And is it not the case that, having gotten themselves typecast as middle-cast wonks, U.S. greens are now afraid to state the obvious truth—that it is only fair, as well as necessary, for the U.S. to pick up its share of the internation tab.