Yes, that title is a platitude, but an apt one. As the batons fly through the air raining down on hippies in Copenhagen, It’s seems a good time to discuss the (non) movement of the climate change negotiations in Denmark.
The U.S. is locked, it seems, with China (surprise, surprise) on the level of commitment both countries need to agree to for carbon emissions. Now, I believe President Obama is a wise and sympathetic man, but he is unable to move legislation through the antediluvian innards of congress, ultimately leading to minor emission cut agreements by 2020. Meanwhile tiny island nations nobody has heard of (Tavilu?) are preparing their scuba gear because they’ll be underwater in ten years.
Crass comments aside, it is time for America to set (and enforce) real standards that poorer nations and those developing, can follow. […]