Goings On In Copenhagen

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 15, 2009

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I think that it is worth noting that a split has occurred in Copenhagen over the existing Kyoto Protocols. Despite constant campaign rhetoric extolling Kyoto–and he was not, of course, the only Democrat to praise the Protocols–Barack Obama has instructed American negotiators to work to ensure that the United States is not included under Kyoto.

This is worth bearing in mind, of course, the next time the Obama Administration seeks to make an issue of Republicans opposing the Kyoto Protocols in the past. As, of course, is the fact that the United States Senate voted–during the Clinton Administration–not to accept the Protocols by a vote of 97-0.

  • kbond62

    What should be noted for those making observations ongoing is that the group currently at the conference, although entirely wrong and hypocritical from an ideology perspective, are not entirely stupid. Picture a playground full of children: Everyone there knows that some have advantages over most of the others; those with the advantages (we're talking children here) are not charitable people (children by nature can be most uncharitable) are not going to freely given them up to a bunch of undeserving others. Those with little or no advantages at all will squeel even louder (in the absences of substance be very emotional). In a disembodied mode of observation the group dynamics is more than interesting but the end result is very predictable – they'll go off to Mexico City claiming that they made progress (when they really didn't). This is very much like a group of children turned loose in a candy store: they want it all but don't know where to start. The strong survive the day or the event, the weak go home licking their new wounds and planning their next course of action. This “with” are not going to give up to those “without”.

  • kbond62

    What should be noted for those making observations ongoing is that the group currently at the conference, although entirely wrong and hypocritical from an ideology perspective, are not entirely stupid. Picture a playground full of children: Everyone there knows that some have advantages over most of the others; those with the advantages (we're talking children here) are not charitable people (children by nature can be most uncharitable) are not going to freely given them up to a bunch of undeserving others. Those with little or no advantages at all will squeel even louder (in the absences of substance be very emotional). In a disembodied mode of observation the group dynamics is more than interesting but the end result is very predictable – they'll go off to Mexico City claiming that they made progress (when they really didn't). This is very much like a group of children turned loose in a candy store: they want it all but don't know where to start. The strong survive the day or the event, the weak go home licking their new wounds and planning their next course of action. This “with” are not going to give up to those “without”.

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