Copenhagen attendees rejecting deal that Obama says he doesn’t have to sign
posted at 10:30 am on December 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama may have been happy to get out of Copenhagen with a piece of paper to wave above his head, but the attendees he left behind are angry — and not shy about letting the press know about it. One representative from Sudan compared Obama’s agreement to the Nazi death camps, which prompted a barrage of attacks. Since the Copenhagen conference requires unanimous approval, it seems that Obama’s agreement has as much chance of passage as his cap-and-trade bill does this year:
U.N. climate talks fell into crisis on Saturday after some developing nations angrily rejected a plan worked out by U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders of other major economies for fighting global warming.
Copenhagen, meant to be the climax of two years of negotiations, risked ending with no firm U.N. accords despite a summit of 120 world leaders on Friday who tried to work out the first climate blueprint since the U.N.’s 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
Countries including Venezuela, Sudan and Tuvalu said they opposed a deal spearheaded on Friday in Copenhagen by the United States, China, India, South Africa and Brazil at the summit. The deal would need unanimous backing to be adopted.
Opponents said the document, which sets a target of limiting global warming to a maximum 2 degree Celsius rise over pre-industrial times and holds out the prospect of $100 billion (62 billion pounds) in annual aid from 2020 for developing nations, was too weak.
An acrimonious session long past midnight hit a low point when a Sudanese delegate said the plan in Africa would be like the Holocaust by causing more deadly floods, droughts, mudslides, sandstorms and rising seas.
The document “is a solution based on the same very values, in our opinion, that channelled six million people in Europe into furnaces,” said Sudan’s Lumumba Stanislaus Di-aping.
The Godwin’s Law reference is a ridiculous insult to President Obama, and should be castigated as such. Equating the deliberate genocide of European Jews to a failure to extort bigger subsidies from the West is nothing short of ghoulish, and horribly unfair to Obama for his wrongheaded efforts to find a compromise amongst hysterics. Besides, the very last nation on Earth at the moment to lecture anyone on genocide should be Sudan. That’s a jaw-dropping piece of hypocritical irony that apparently was lost on Reuters.
But this is indicative of just how irrational and/or corrupt the AGW movement has become. The entire process became a shakedown for kleptocracies to seize Western wealth in order to supposedly undo the damage done by anthropogenic global warming. Who in their right mind would send billions of dollars to a genocidal dictatorship like Sudan and expect them to put it into environmental projects?
Even if the conferees somehow manage to agree to let the US and Europe send them money under Obama’s agreement, there’s not any guarantee that they’d collect. As Politico reported last night, the agreement Obama touted as “unprecedented” is so insubstantial that Obama wasn’t sure it even needed to be signed:
The climate deal reached between U.S, China and other great powers on Friday night is so vague, hastily hatched and non-binding President Obama isn’t even sure he’ll be required to sign it.
“You know, it raises an interesting question as to whether technically there’s actually a signature… It’s not a legally binding agreement, I don’t know what the protocols are,” said a bleary-eyed Obama, before hopping in Air Force One for the trip back to Washington.
Even as he left, it wasn’t clear that the pact Obama described as “meaningful” would even pass muster with the European Union – or attract enough votes with the 193-nation COP 15 conference to become an official declaration.
“It’s a catastrophe,” said Dan Joergensen, a member of the European delegation. “We’re so far away from the criteria that was set up in order to call it a success, and those weren’t really that ambitious to start with.”
It was an escape hatch that allowed Obama to flee Copenhagen with some semblance of dignity. For that, Obama hardly needs to affix his signature. He needs everyone else to write him an excuse note.