Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Who's to Blame for Copenhagen's "Failure"? Redux

China, according to Mark Lynas, writing in The Guardian.

Lynas, who was present at the meetings where the the final "Copenhagen Accord" was forged, drops this bombshell:
[I]t was China's representative who insisted that industrialised country targets, previously agreed as an 80% cut by 2050, be taken out of the deal."Why can't we even mention our own targets" demanded a furious Angela Merkel. Australia's prime minister, Kevin Rudd, was annoyed enough to bang his microphone. Brazil's representative too pointed out the illogicality of China's position. Why should rich countries not announce even this unilateral cut? The Chinese delegate said no, and I watched, aghast, as Merkel threw up her hands in despair and conceded the point. Now we know why – because China bet, correctly, that Obama would get the blame for the Copenhagen accord's lack of ambition.

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