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Copenhagen's sleepless nights

By Juliet Eilperin

COPENHAGEN--How do you put together a climate deal when the entire process is in disarray?

By engaging in an extended bout of sleep deprivation, apparently.

In an interview, U.S. special envoy for climate change Todd Stern described his winning strategy: a "luxurious three-hour sleep" on Wednesday night, followed by Thursday night when he slept for half-an-hour on the floor of the U.S. delegation workspace, and a 45-minute nap Friday night in the same workspace. (That last time he might have landed a couch spot.)

On the upside, he got to take a three-hour nap on Saturday after the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change "took note" of the Copenhagen Accord that President Obama helped broker the day before. It made all the difference in the world.

"I've had a three-hour nap and I feel like I've been on vacation, getting eight hours of sleep for days. I guess if you get really sleep deprived, that's what happens."

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Juliet Eilperin

 |  December 19, 2009; 4:56 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg     Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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