Nopenhagen for NGOs
By Juliet Eilperin
COPENHAGEN--As the climate talks reach a critical point, the United Nations is cutting back on access to the Bella Center, especially for the more than 22,000 registered members of non-governmental organizations.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, 7000 NGO observers will be allowed in the building. On Thursday and Friday, that number drops to 1,000.
A massive number of people waited in the cold for hours Monday, including some of the best-known U.S. environmental leaders, like Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, NRDC's founding director John Adams and Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp.
All three got passes after waiting for eight hours. Others, like Lawrence Pacheco, a consultant for the D.C.-based Center for Clean Air Policy, left after five hours and writes in an e-mail, "Now we're told they will not give credentials to any more NGO reps (that would be me)."
The NRDC's climate center policy director David Doniger, who's been here for more than a week, said the reduction in passes for observer groups will serve as "a stark experiment in how a cap and reduction strategy will work. Tomorrow, I'm an allowance."
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