Barack Obama swooped in on Friday, spent less than 24 hours in Copenhagen, and in that short time managed to do more damage to the U.N. climate negotiation process than George Bush did in eight years of half-hearted participation. Obama engineered the bogus deal by hammering out an agreement between five major economies: the U.S., China, India, Brazil and South Africa. That agreement was then parachuted in to the COP process which was encouraged to adopt it without time for review.
The U.N. process is a consensus process, meaning that all 193 countries are required to agree on action. That makes the bar for adoption of any agreement quite high; high enough that the agreement proposed by the group of five did not come close to clearing it.
Here’s the truth. The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen collapsed without reaching agreement after a majority of nations agreed to refer to the lack of agreement as a “deal.”
Sorry. I don’t plan to contribute to the charade.