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Brits blame China for Copenhagen

By Juliet Eilperin

Britain's energy and climate change minister Ed Miliband has told The Times of London that China vetoed developed countries' effort to establish a legally binding climate treaty and set long-term greenhouse gas emission limits.

There are two countries that have hailed the Copenhagen Accord as a major advance--China and the United States--though American officials said it didn't go as far as they wanted. The Europeans, however, have made their disappointment more explicit.

The fact that Miliband has delivered such a brutal assessment of China's role--he told The Times that China even blocked an effort by industrialized countries to set a mid-century target for themselves--doesn't bode well for future international negotiations on climate change.


Juliet Eilperin

 |  December 21, 2009; 9:01 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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