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Archive: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Copenhagen is one step in a long journey

Progress on greenhouse gas emissions can't and won't hinge on one conference or one agreement. The issue is too complex and needs to move ahead on multiple fronts. There is no "one size fits all." For those reasons, the likelihood...

By Pam Faggert | November 20, 2009; 6:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

The beginning of a new treaty

I believe most observers will agree that the Danes made a good decision to use the UN climate change conference to focus on the two principal issues at play: how big will the emissions reductions be, and what will be...

By Ned Helme | November 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Delay could - and should - kill problematic global warming treaty

The December Copenhagen conference is shaping up to be something less than the history-making event its organizers intended. Gone is the expectation that participants will extend and expand the provisions of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Instead, it is looking more...

By Ben Lieberman | November 19, 2009; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Blame reality

Currently, things are in a sad state of affairs, where politicians are frantically trying to find some way that they can pretend that a political agreement is a 'success' - but are also looking around for others to blame for...

By Bjorn Lomborg | November 19, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Plenty of blame to go around

Who's to blame? Probably all of us. The biggest stumbling block to a general consensus one way or the other about human influenced climate change is that most of us have a preconceived opinion one way or the other. We...

By Rick Edmund | November 19, 2009; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Yesterday is not the issue; tomorrow is.

It makes no difference who is to blame for yesterday; the issue is who will accept responsibility for tomorrow. Even if there were a practical purpose to "fixing blame" there would be very few not on the list. There are...

By David F. Hales | November 18, 2009; 8:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

America won't go to Copenhagen empty handed

While the slow-down going into Copenhagen isn't good news, it will represent a major set-back only if there is further backsliding. So long as we continue making progress towards emissions limits in the United States while working toward locking in...

By Richard L. Revesz | November 18, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ball is in our court

As reported in the Post, the joint declaration between President Obama and Chinese President Hu yesterday included a hopeful clause that the Obama administration is likely to offer emission-reduction targets in Copenhagen if the Chinese offer its proposal as well....

By Donald F. Boesch | November 18, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Learn from Europe

I am late joining into this discussion and it is amazing how opinions among the Panelists diverge about the achievements of the Kyoto Protocol, particularly in Europe. A report released last week by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) claims that...

By Donald F. Boesch | November 18, 2009; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

An end to blame-and-shame

Trying to assign blame for the shortcomings of the global negotiations is exactly the wrong approach. The process has for years now been focused on questions of shame and blame, and this is one of the major reasons that progress...

By Lars G. Josefsson | November 18, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Success is still possible

In the final weeks leading to Copenhagen, an ambitious and successful outcome is absolutely on the table, and is something that attendees at the conference can and must strive for. Of course we would have preferred Copenhagen to agree on...

By Nigel Sheinwald | November 17, 2009; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

America is preventing progress

President Obama wasn't willing to expend the political capital to move the Senate -- the body from which he came, and which he must have known would be as dysfunctional as it has so far proven. As usual America is...

By Bill McKibben | November 17, 2009; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (6)

Worth the wait

When all is said and done, Copenhagen will almost certainly represent a landmark in the progressive shift to a global low-carbon economy. Whether the final agreement is reached there or 6 to 12 months later is of little consequence, provided...

By David Hone | November 17, 2009; 8:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

The consequences of ignoring realities

The politicians who have been pushing for an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a global agreement mandating drastic emission reductions by 2050 -- up to 83 percent -- are the responsible parties, although they will never admit it....

By William O'Keefe | November 16, 2009; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

U.S. legislation benefits from EU lessons

The greenhouse gas cap-and-trade legislation being considered in the United States incorporates important lessons learned from the European Union. These lessons can help reduce the economic burden on consumers and businesses while producing real emissions reductions   The biggest lesson...

By Pam Faggert | November 15, 2009; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

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