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Al Gore: Obama a Climate Disappointment

There's no real change from the Bush era, ex-VP complains

(Newser) - President Obama "has thus far failed to make the case for bold action on climate change," Al Gore complains in a massive op-ed for Rolling Stone . In the piece, Gore bemoans a political environment in which “what is true and what is false is being attacked relentlessly”... More »

Inhofe: Hey, I'm the Planet's Worst Enemy!

Senator upset with No. 7 ranking

(Newser) - Sen. Jim Inhofe ranked No. 7 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “planet’s worst enemies,” and he’s hopping mad about it: He thinks he deserved to be first. “I should have been number one, not number 7,” the Oklahoma Republican tells the Tulsa ... More »

20+ Lawmakers Hit Copenhagen on US Dime

Full delegation—including staffers, plus wives—over 100

(Newser) - More than 20 members of Congress hit the Copenhagen climate conference last month, a CBS investigation finds—and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, which was in charge of the guest list, is being shifty about what it all cost. Of the fact that lawmakers (and some wives) commandeered three... More »

Alaska's 'Frozen Gore' Baits Climate Guru

Businessmen want Nobel winner to come for debate on issue

(Newser) - Two Alaska businessmen have brought back an ice sculpture mocking Al Gore and his climate beliefs for a second winter—with this year’s version using a pickup truck to pump exhaust through the mouth of “Frozen Gore” as hot air. Craig Compeau and Rudy Gavora plan to trot... More »

Obama Returns to DC, Packing Epic To-Do List

Terrorism trumped health care over vacation, and there's more

(Newser) - President Obama is back at the White House after an 11-day vacation in Hawaii, and he has his work cut out for him. USA Today runs down the most pressing issues awaiting the president in 2010.
  • Terrorism: The attempted bombing of Flight 253 returned security to the top of the
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I Saw China Wreck the Copenhagen Talks

The West's getting the blame, but Beijing's the real villain here

(Newser) - Barack Obama is getting the blame for the limp Copenhagen deal, but Mark Lynas knows it was China that really scuttled it—because he watched it happen. Sitting in on the closed-door meetings, the Guardian writer “saw Obama fighting desperately to salvage a deal, and the Chinese delegate saying... More »

Axelrod: Dean Not Insane

White House adviser softens rhetoric in health care spat

(Newser) - David Axelrod and Howard Dean took their health care smackdown to the Sunday dial today, with Axelrod conceding that OK, maybe the former Vermont gov isn't crazy. “I didn't say he was insane," the White House adviser told This Week. "“What I said was, it would... More »

Copenhagen Accord Falls 'Woefully Short'

It misses on emissions, financial aid, and the roadmap for the future

(Newser) - About the best that can be said of the Copenhagen talks is that they avoided "outright failure," complains the Guardian in an editorial. But that's not saying much. World leaders had three things to hammer out: emissions, financial aid, and a clear plan on what happens next. "... More »

Rainforest Deal Gets the Ax

Conference punts on plan to pay poor nations to preserve trees

(Newser) - A deal to protect rainforests by paying poor countries not to cut them down died this morning in Copenhagen, as delegates to the UN climate conference failed to pass a larger agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions that would have included it. "It's depressing," one advocate tells the... More »

Obama's Pact Is Slap at Progressive Ideals

Copenhagen deal creates 'league of super-polluters'

(Newser) - The Copenhagen climate deal President Obama struck with China, India and South Africa flies in the face of progressive values, environmental writer Bill McKibben rages. Here’s how:
  • Obama made the UN obsolete: “The clear point is, you poor nations can spout off all you want on questions like
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Obama, Leaders Reach Agreement on Emissions

Copenhagen summit yields basic deal to fight climate change

(Newser) - President Obama and the leaders of China, India, and South Africa reached a "meaningful agreement" tonight in Copenhagen on steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the White House announced. The deal requires the nations of the world to list their actions to curb emissions and sets up a framework... More »

Obama, Wen Meet, Report 'Progress'

But world leaders still seem far apart on fundamental issues

(Newser) - The two men who hold the fate of the Copenhagen climate talks in their hands met face-to-face for nearly an hour today. President Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao discussed a possible accord, with the White House saying only that they "made progress." Earlier, Obama declared that the... More »

Obama Challenges China: We Need Emission Monitors

President addresses Copenhagen summit, urges action

(Newser) - President Obama took direct aim this morning at China's resistance to climate change monitoring, saying any deal that emerged from Copenhagen "would be empty words on a page" without such measures. They “need not be intrusive, or infringe upon sovereignty,” said Obama. The issue's been a sticking... More »

Obama Arrives at Climate Summit

President joins 110 world leaders in bid to end 'crisis'

(Newser) - President Obama arrived in Copenhagen this morning for the final day of the UN climate change conference as diplomats scrambled to salvage an agreement from the talks. A political agreement drawn up overnight by a group of countries was rejected this morning. The clashes between Western and developing nations that... More »

Clinton: US Will Contribute to $100B Climate Fund

Offer intended to give deadlocked Copenhagen talks a boost

(Newser) - The US is ready to pay its share of a $100 billion-a-year fund to help poor countries deal with the effects of climate change, Hillary Clinton told the Copenhagen conference today. Clinton—making an 11th-hour offer in hopes of moving the deadlocked talks forward—stressed that the offer depends on... More »

Police Tear Gas Climate Protesters

Some 230 protesters have been detained

(Newser) - Copenhagen's climate protests turned ugly today, as police used tear gas and batons to disperse crowds that were trying to disrupt the UN conference. A police spokesman said 230 protesters had been detained in the clashes. Television reports showed a man being pushed from the roof of a police van... More »

Palin's a Flip-Flopper on Climate Change

She made sense while governor; now, not so much

(Newser) - Back when Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska, she was pragmatic and forward-looking on climate change, Eugene Robinson writes, and not the shrill, nonsensical reactionary we now know. She toyed with “carbon-trading markets,” set up a high-level commission on climate change, and acknowledged that the problem affected... More »

Climate Activists Shouldn't Be Anti-Human

Solving the problem requires faith in the future

(Newser) - Many activists battling global warming are doing their cause and their species a disservice by displaying a nihilistic and anti-human attitude, writes Anne Applebaum. Declaring that the end of the world is nigh or pushing for population-reduction initiatives to cut carbon emissions is a "profoundly negative" way to treat... More »

Copenhagen Summit a Face-off Between US, China

Tensions flaring over whether China deserves international aid

(Newser) - The Copenhagen talks are starting to look like an economic face-off between Washington and Beijing, with the US concerned by China’s growing footprint and China accusing the US of not living up to its responsibilities. Nearly half the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years... More »

Developing Countries Boycott Climate Talks

Refuse to participate unless rich countries cut more

(Newser) - A group of 125 developing countries, including China and India, boycotted the climate change talks in Copenhagen today, accusing developed countries of trying to ditch the Kyoto protocol, and the penalties it imposes on them if they don't meet emissions limits. The Africa-led move created chaos at the talks, which... More »

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