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12-19-2009, 12:07 PM
Council on Foreign Relations is disappointed that Copenhagen is largely a Failure

Forest plan gets the ax at UN climate talks

Associated Press
Dec 19, 2009

COPENHAGEN — A plan to protect the world's biologically rich tropical forests by paying poor nations to protect them was shelved Saturday after world leaders failed to agree on a binding deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"The failure to conclude a comprehensive agreement on forests is disappointing," said Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. "But if developed countries can deliver the $100 billion per year aimed for in the broader Copenhagen Accord, there is little doubt that a large part of that will go to help preserve forests."

Kevin Conrad, executive director of the Coalition of Rainforest Nations:

"It's depressing," he said. "It means I've got to spend another year ... coming to meetings and talking about the same things."

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12-19-2009, 12:17 PM

Note: Foreign Affairs is a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lower your expectations for Copenhagen, says Foreign Affairs journal

Grist Magazine
13 Aug 2009

Michael A. Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations (http://www.cfr.org/), writing in the September/October Foreign Affairs (http://www.cfr.org/publication/by_type/foreign_affairs.html), finds “vanishingly small” odds that December’s international negotiations in Copenhagen will produce a comprehensive climate treaty.

From the journal’s summary (emphasis mine):

“Government officials and activists should fundamentally rethink their strategy and expectations” for the December climate conference in Copenhagen, argues Michael A. Levi, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. According to Levi, the odds of signing a comprehensive treaty in December are “vanishingly small.” With this in mind, rather than aim for a broad global treaty, negotiators should reinforce existing national policies and seek “international cooperation focused on specific opportunities to cut emissions” in rich nations and the developing world. Levi urges officials to view the conference as a chance to build efforts to cut emissions from the ground up, and try to “reinforce developed countries’ emissions cuts and link developing countries’ actions ... to objectives in other areas—such as economic growth, security, and air quality—that leaders of those countries already care about.”


12-19-2009, 12:20 PM
It is not a complete loss. Think of the Economic Stimulus of thousands and thousands and thousands of billable hours for Big Law.

Inquiring Taxpaying Minds want to know total tab for ANOTHER Copenhagen Clusterfuck, this one culminating in reams and reams of non-binding Two Cents. Plus soaring rhetoric from our Fearful Leader, natch.

12-19-2009, 12:25 PM
It is not a complete loss. Think of the Economic Stimulus of countless billable hours for Big Law.

The CFR got what they wanted / Expected.

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