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U.S. lawmakers leaving early to beat snow

By Juliet Eilperin
COPENHAGEN--The threat of a big snowstorm back in Washington is prompting the U.S. Congressional delegation to leave global climate talks early, but aides said President Obama still plans to stay into the evening in the hopes of inking a deal.

Obama huddled with several world leaders this afternoon to see if there was a way of bridging the gap between industrialized and developing countries. After making what some sources described as modest progress, the group recently took a break.

During lunch alone, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, the president greeted and spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Israeli President Shimon Peres; Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan; Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou; Ghanaian President John Mills; Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Dukanovi; Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov; Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki; Czech Republic Prime Minister Jan Fischer; Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili; Serbian President Boris Tardic and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

An administration official who asked not to be identified said Obama still plans to depart Friday evening for D.C., but the "exact timing" is "unclear."

The 30 U.S. lawmakers who have been in Copenhagen since Thursday and had planned to stay for the duration of the talks have been advised that they need to leave early given the weather forecast in Washington. For security reasons, aides did not disclose the precise time of their departure.

And for what it's worth, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's delegation has booked rooms for tonight in Copenhagen. So it looks like he's willing to stick around to keep talking--or to enjoy more of Denmark's sub-zero temperatures.

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 |  December 18, 2009; 10:43 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg     Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The threat of a big snowstorm back in Washington is prompting the U.S. Congressional delegation to leave global climate talks early, but aides said President Obama still plans to stay into the evening in the hopes of ... of... warmer days.

Posted by: tropicalfolk | December 18, 2009 11:59 AM
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Freezing in Copenhagen. Beat the blizzard home. Global warming. HAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: rickycook21 | December 18, 2009 11:45 AM
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Memo to US Delegation: PLEASE stay in Copenhagen! This project is crucial to our future quality of life.

(Besides, there's no need to rush home. We'd be much better off if you didn't. The best thing that could happen would be the lack of a quorum for the sellout health care "reform" - a/k/a insurance industry boondoggle - legislation.)

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 18, 2009 11:44 AM
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I guess that climate change is worth $100 billion of taxpayer money, but not worth staying in Copenhagen an extra day!

Posted by: postfan1 | December 18, 2009 11:26 AM
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