Meanwhile, In Copenhagen…

By: Monday December 21, 2009 9:02 am

Given the mass of news about health care, I haven’t gotten to the final accord in Copenhagen, which wrapped up climate talks on Saturday amid high drama and much frustration. In a way, the debates mirrored one another to an extent. To recap, President Obama flew in to Copenhagen on Friday, and, after some last-minute [...]

Obama, Chinese Reach Deal At Copenhagen

By: Friday December 18, 2009 1:33 pm

NBC News and multiple other outlets are reporting that President Obama has secured a deal that would allow an informal agreement on key issues at the climate talks in Copenhagen. Obama, who stayed well beyond his schedule to work on the deal, reached it after talks with China, India and South Africa. The deal is [...]

Is Copenhagen Collapsing?

By: Friday December 18, 2009 11:34 am

Senior White House officials are telling ABC News that the Chinese won’t budge on the issue of transparency for emissions reductions, threatening the prospects of a deal on a global climate pact. “We’ve done what we can here,” a senior White House official in Copenhagen, Denmark, tells ABC News. “The Chinese are dug in on [...]

While You Were Sleeping

By: Friday December 18, 2009 6:36 am

An astounding amount of action happened in the dead of night last night. Let’s get you up to speed: • Senate Republicans tried to filibuster a large defense bill, but they were unsuccessful. At 1 in the morning in DC, the Senate invoked cloture on the must-pass bill by a count of 63-33. They didn’t [...]

As House Leaders, Clinton, Obama Descend On Copenhagen, Is A Deal Possible?

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 12:10 pm

Secretary of State Clinton and practically the entire House leadership are in Copenhagen for the close of the COP 15 climate talks, and President Obama will arrive tomorrow. But are they arriving to close a deal, or to be caught in the middle of yet another troubled negotiation? Prior to the arrival of Clinton and [...]

Copenhagen Talks Collapse, Developing Countries Walk Out?

By: Monday December 14, 2009 7:38 am

My sense of these things is that this will happen five or six times before what will be termed as an “historic agreement” is signed, but this one does sound fairly serious: Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam put out this statement: Africa has pulled the emergency cord to avoid a train crash at the [...]

Copenhagen Conference Begins With Renewed Momentum

By: Monday December 7, 2009 8:40 am

Leaders from 192 nations around the world have converged on Scandanavia for the COP 15 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. There, they will attempt to reach agreement on a global climate change treaty, which looked all but dead a couple months ago, but is now revived. The planned attendance of the leaders and pledges to curb [...]

Obama Schedule Change Points To Potential Climate Deal In Copenhagen

By: Saturday December 5, 2009 9:27 am

The President will delay his trip to Copenhagen for a week, showing up at the end of the conference rather than the beginning of the conference. David Roberts explains why this matters: The first week of every COP meeting consists of posturing, speeches, protests, and NGO reports. Everything of significance to the treaty is announced [...]

Robert Byrd Denounces Coal Industry Fearmongering (Not A Typo)

By: Friday December 4, 2009 12:28 pm

Longtime West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, perhaps more allied with the coal industry than any politician living or dead, has penned a remarkable op-ed considering who he is. Saying that “the time has come to have an open and honest dialogue about coal’s future in West Virginia,” Byrd doesn’t exactly call for the end of [...]

Obama To Attend Copenhagen Climate Talks

By: Wednesday November 25, 2009 8:04 am

After a couple weeks of increased momentum for the climate talks in Copenhagen, President Obama announced that he will attend the conference. He will be in the region anyway, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. An administration official said Obama will travel to the Danish capital Dec. 9, one day before he visits nearby Oslo to [...]

Hope For Climate Deal In Wake Of Planned Obama Announcement On Emissions Targets

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 9:22 am

The news that President Obama will seek a emissions target at global talks in Copenhagen has animated a once-moribund meeting and given hope to environmentalists that something tangible can come from them. The emissions target, which Obama plans to announce “in the coming days,” will cement the President’s desire to get a legitimate climate bill [...]

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