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.


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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says political accord brokered by President Barack Obama with China and other emerging powers “will have an immediate operational effect.”

artist on December 19, 2009 at 10:34 AM

“Godwin’s Law” is for intellectual weenies.

Either the comparison fits or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t then just state that it doesn’t.

Don’t go making up some lame “law” that isn’t an actual law. Its a rule, not a law.

JaqobJackson on December 19, 2009 at 10:36 AM

You Know, I wonder if the left and liberals understand that their climate change hysteria has provided an argument for to excuse every human rights abuse on the planet. I mean only at a warming conference (Or the UN) could the SUDANESE delegate complain about genocide without a hint of hypocrisy.

rob verdi on December 19, 2009 at 10:41 AM

He something…anything…to look cool. The media will forthrightly comply.

SouthernGent on December 19, 2009 at 10:42 AM

One representative from Sudan compared Obama’s agreement to the Nazi death camps…

Ya can’t make this stuff up…

No matter what side of the AGW debate you’re on, I can’t imagine anyone not agreeing that this COP-15 summit has turned out to be a total circus and a major farce.

JetBoy on December 19, 2009 at 10:42 AM

President Obama is saved. Now we can blame Hugo for the failure.

unclesmrgol on December 19, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Up is down , down is up

Meaningful is meaningless

Obamaworld in full force

CWforFreedom on December 19, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The Godwin’s Law reference is a ridiculous insult to President Obama, and should be castigated as such.

Not at all , he’s one of the leading “west is evil” demagogues. He’s just reaping what he sown. That’s the hidden agenda of climate guilt.

the_nile on December 19, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Heh. Digging out of 17″ of global warming here in Short Pump, Va this morning.

BacaDog on December 19, 2009 at 10:47 AM

My letter to God

Dear God,

Where is that global warming that I keep hearing about? You know, you’ve really thrown a wrench into the works and irked a majority of people here on the east coast with the colossal snowstorm that you gave us this weekend.

Who do you think you are anyway? Barack Obama?

Sincerely,
UB

UltimateBob on December 19, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Any money given these Third World nations is just going to improve the already opulent living conditions of the thug rulers of these nations. I don’t mind being generous but I do mind being stupid.

Cindy Munford on December 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Maybe he meant to use a Janjaweed comparison. Unreal.

anuts on December 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

You Know, I wonder if the left and liberals understand that their climate change hysteria has provided an argument for to excuse every human rights abuse on the planet. I mean only at a warming conference (Or the UN) could the SUDANESE delegate complain about genocide without a hint of hypocrisy.

rob verdi on December 19, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Exactly , a little killing in the name of climate aint no biggie. Pol pot was ahead of his time..

the_nile on December 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

by the way historic snow fall is hitting Long Island right now.

rob verdi on December 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

I am sure happy that all the world loves us now that we have Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama as our president. He promised all of us that if he were elected the rest of the world would finally come to like us, love us, even, compared to their hatred of us under those awful Republican Administrations.

I certainly can feel the love emanating from Copenhagen.

Can’t you?

:-)

coldwarrior on December 19, 2009 at 10:49 AM

B+ Smart Power

Enoxo on December 19, 2009 at 10:49 AM

rob verdi on December 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

But is it unprecedented?

Cindy Munford on December 19, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Not at all , he’s one of the leading “west is evil” demagogues. He’s just reaping what he sown. That’s the hidden agenda of climate guilt.

the_nile on December 19, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The whole “America is evil and I must apologize for our existence” meme is entirely Obama’s. He set us all up to be being taken advantage of. Obama is the must gullible and clueless President in history,

Guardian on December 19, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Big victory for the citizens of the world who know that CO2 is not a pollutant. Heavy snow in Washington, DC, England, Alaska… just think how cold and snowy the world would be if there WAS global warming!

Ordinary1 on December 19, 2009 at 10:56 AM

B+ Smart Power

Enoxo on December 19, 2009 at 10:49 AM

When you consider that Obama’s administration, failure that it is, is held by “The Won” as a B+. It’s no wonder he won’t release his academic records. I’m sure he feels all the failing grades he received and subsequently covered up and sealed were unfair and biased or something.

Guardian on December 19, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Obama seems to think that all of the other world leaders phone it in as well.

multiuseless on December 19, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Big victory for the citizens of the world who know that CO2 is not a pollutant. Heavy snow in Washington, DC, England, Alaska… just think how cold and snowy the world would be if there WASN’T global warming!

Ordinary1 on December 19, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Fixed it. Must be the TheraFlu.

Ordinary1 on December 19, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Big victory for the citizens of the world who know that CO2 is not a pollutant. Heavy snow in Washington, DC, England, Alaska… just think how cold and snowy the world would be if there WAS global warming!

Ordinary1 on December 19, 2009 at 10:56 AM

WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

the_nile on December 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Everyone….go back to your countries, and stfu. By order of Alan Grayson. LOL

capejasmine on December 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM

What a shame. Obama’s bold, aggressive use of verbiage has failed him yet again.

Next step: Compose a strongly worded letter or press release. Maybe another bold speech.

TXUS on December 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM

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.

That’s where the entitlement attitude takes us.

I’m with Judge Smails on this one.

forest on December 19, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Hope and change is sooooo ’08.

Mojave Mark on December 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Genocide, just another method of eugenics.
/hhmmm, that might be a bit too provocative. Let me think on this a bit.

ok, try this

Genocide, just another tool in Darwin’s bag of tricks to improve the species…

Nope, I’m missing something.

Skandia Recluse on December 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Tuvalu? Is that something you take when you’re constipated?

hip shot on December 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

U.N. climate talks fell into crisis on Saturday

But….but, the One was there on Friday. How can this be?

He was elected president and look how the U.S. has progressed since.

Yeah. Look.

donh525 on December 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Any money given these Third World nations is just going to improve the already opulent living conditions of the thug rulers of these nations. I don’t mind being generous but I do mind being stupid.

Cindy Munford on December 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Exactamente. I’m sick and tired of funding their jets, their yachts, their mansions, their harems, their gambling trips to Vegas, their jails for political prisoners, etc., while they oppress and starve their people.

TXUS on December 19, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Sounds like our “constitutional law professor” doesn’t have a clue when it comes to foreign treaties. But then, that’s no surprise. He hasn’t a clue about a lot of things.

GarandFan on December 19, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Another good solid B+!

jukin on December 19, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I made a short holiday video yesterday to sum up my opinion on this farce.

“Let It Snow…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGFWkMU24_o

cannonball on December 19, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Another good solid B+!

jukin on December 19, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Actually it was a good solid B+ for AGW skeptics. Makes one wonder how this would have went without the released e mails.

The scorched earthers are on the run. No time to let up now.

donh525 on December 19, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Sometimes failure is good.

This global warming thing is nothing but a shakedown by the underdevloped countries (read: countries run for the most part by dictators) who want to be paid off billions in “greenmail”.

Someone needs to do a report on all the billions the US has given to the world in the form of money, equipment, services, military protection, new technology, etc., etc., etc. since WWI.

albill on December 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Well, what is there to expect from the cokehead in chief?

rishika on December 19, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Melting of the gliciers in the Himalayas caused by CO2?
Not so fast.
New study out on Dec. 15, 2009, says it is mostly caused by black soot in the last 30 years, not CO2.
Give the Chinese peasants better chimneys for the wood and coal burning stoves and maybe the glacier melt problem is solved.
Black Carbon Deposits on Himalayan Ice Threaten Earth’s ‘Third Pole’

albill on December 19, 2009 at 11:25 AM

The man-made “religion” of islam has and continues to commit more genocide in Sudan and elsewhere than if every American drove Hummers.

wildcat84 on December 19, 2009 at 11:29 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGFWkMU24_o

cannonball on December 19, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Clever clip. I posted it at Scrappleface.

onlineanalyst on December 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM

…is nothing short of ghoulish, and horribly unfair to Obama…

Ed, Osama Obama signed on for this ride, and his pusillanimous babblings about AGW — like his ravings about so many things — enable those to whom he offers handouts to whine for more.

And it’s not as if he hasn’t said similar things — using different and more subtle words but effectively comparable — when he has demonized Bush, insurance companies, and members of congress who dare oppose His will.

So if third-world thugs want to attack the Chicago Jesus, that’s what he opened himself up for.

I refuse to cut this America-hating loon any slack until he resigns.

MrScribbler on December 19, 2009 at 11:32 AM

The most disappointed folks departing Copenhagen have to be the nations whose agenda is the extortion of money from the western democracies. ClimateGate has caused the engine of “scientific consensus” for AGW to blow a gasket and the skeptic position is in parabolic ascendency. There is no reason for us to be paying a bunch of left wing dictators money for “green development” and CO2 reduction when that money will mostly go into the pockets of the friends and families of those very dictators.

What would really turn things around for the AGW folks would be a couple of more speeches from Obama. Expecially those speeches that call for “action not talk”. As time passes it has become obvious that for Obama, action is talk.

stefano1 on December 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM

He will get his cap and trade. Harry and the dims in the Senate will vote for it and do so proudly. These are LIBERALS all 60 of them. They are not that god awful moderate word. They are not conservative. They are died in the wool LIBERALS. They might represent conservative States but they are LIBERALS. Get it? They will vote this second monstrosity into reality. We are helpless. ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

Jdripper on December 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM

So they show up, get nothing done (Shocker!!), spend tons of money. Good effort you a$$holes.

On the bright side, we did get a bunch of good video of gobs smelly euro-trash hippies getting a nice beat down.

BigWyo on December 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM

How do these warmers expect to win with banter like this?

KillerKane on December 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM

UMMM, I HAVE A QUESTION,,ISN’T SUDAN AND THE REST OF THE AFRICAN CONTRIES “DEATH CAMPS” I’M JUST SAYING THE WORLD HAS PUMPED OVER 50BILLION DOLLARS TO THEM AND MIRACULOUSLY THE PARASITES HAVE SPENT APPROX 50BILLION ON WEPONS…YOU DO THE MATH…..PARASITES THAT WANT AMERICA TO PAY FOR THEIR CORRRRRRUPT ARSES…NOT WITH MY MONEY MR. PREZBO-OBAMANATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AMERICAN VETERAN on December 19, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Why is Obama getting blamed for failure in Denmark? Just force of habit now?

BL@KBIRD on December 19, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Barry would sign away our sovereignty in an instant IF China and India would give him “cover” and go along with this boondoggle. But, he doesn’t need China and India to make America pay for her wrongs. He’ll do it via the EPA.

marklmail on December 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I made a short holiday video yesterday to sum up my opinion on this farce.

“Let It Snow…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGFWkMU24_o

cannonball on December 19, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Sweet! I posted it at StopGlobalCoolingNow.com

Ordinary1 on December 19, 2009 at 12:09 PM

If Obama was a professional golfer, one could say “He didn’t make the cut”.

BobMbx on December 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

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.

Obama believes that AGW will destroy the Earth. Therefore, everything directed at him is fair.

He asked for this BS just like he asked for his “inheritance” and I for one and sick of Obama whining, and Republicans accross the globe sticking up for him.

There is NOTHING about Obama that is good for this country. Nothing. And until his retarded self is out of Gov’t forever, it’s all fair.

uknowmorethanme on December 19, 2009 at 12:20 PM

In truth Copenhagen was a success for Gore and Paurachi as they continue to rake it in with Carbon trading based on continuing Kyoto. Also people should google the closure of the Redcar steel works in the UK, which is replaced by a steel works in India and they make over a £1bn in carbon credits. While the red/greens may be disappointed the corrupt elite are very very happy with this…

TrueBrit on December 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Cap and Trade not passing? Says who, the Repub leadership. These are the same leaders who said not two weeks ago that Health care would not pass.

Cap and Trade is passing. If a miracle happens and the coal producing state Senators can’t be bought off the EPA will institute their own. My bet is they will be bought off. Thankfully as Obama has proven money grows on trees.

Obama despite all the complaining by bloggers etc will have accomplished every single objective in one year. Health care, cap and trade, Gitmo to name a few. Pelosi, Reid and Obam will have taken government control over 26% of the US economy. Chavez and Castro are jealous.

The worst part–none and I repeat none of these will be changed. Once the money starts flowing the cancer spreads.

patrick neid on December 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Hey UN, fill in the blanks:

_ _____ _____ _ rat’s ass ____ Sudan _____.

Bruno Strozek on December 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM

I went all the way to Copenhagen, and All I got was this I didn’t even get a stupid t-shirt.

Gwillie on December 19, 2009 at 1:02 PM

another thing Big Dawg ALREADY did and did better

he got Kyoto signed by the people AT Kyoto at least, lol

so it ewas never enacted

and Big Dawg TRIED to repeal DADT, Obama again nada

just sayin

bite it neoproglibs, my moderate Dem POTUS is still worlds better than YOUR neoproglib ‘Dem’ POTUS

ginaswo on December 19, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Keep in mind the difference between God and Obama……God doesn’t think He’s Obama.

Ray-500 on December 19, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Obama despite all the complaining by bloggers etc will have accomplished every single objective in one year. Health care, cap and trade, Gitmo to name a few. Pelosi, Reid and Obam will have taken government control over 26% of the US economy. Chavez and Castro are jealous.

The worst part–none and I repeat none of these will be changed. Once the money starts flowing the cancer spreads.

patrick neid on December 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

And this is why Obama gives himself a B+. All according to plan…

Ordinary1 on December 19, 2009 at 2:54 PM

“Godwin’s Law” is for intellectual weenies.

Either the comparison fits or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t then just state that it doesn’t.

Don’t go making up some lame “law” that isn’t an actual law. Its a rule, not a law.

JaqobJackson on December 19, 2009 at 10:36 AM



Dude. Take your meds.

misterpeasea on December 19, 2009 at 3:48 PM

One representative from Sudan compared Obama’s agreement to the Nazi death camps

Are we sure he meant it as an insult?

29Victor on December 19, 2009 at 5:05 PM

said a bleary-eyed Obama

Awwwww, the poor baby is tired. Being Potus is so hard. Waaaaah.

29Victor on December 19, 2009 at 5:05 PM

You might have a point…

bitsy on December 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

I just received a robocall from my county executive. It seems there is a state of emergency declared, and we are asked to stay off the roads until the global warming has been plowed off.

Laura in Maryland on December 19, 2009 at 6:47 PM

I hope the Republicans will make the giveaway of tens of billions of dollars in World Welfare to Dictators an issue next year. Anyone voting to authorize these ridiculous payments deserves to be politically drawn and quartered.

DaMav on December 19, 2009 at 9:05 PM

just in case you are not aware of the facts about the representative for Tuvalu, here is something that you might want to know:

Ian Fry is an Australian from Queanbeyan, just outside of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory – Canberra). He was a member of Greenpeace. It is doubtful that he has even been to Tuvalu. Whatever he says on the matter is totally meaningless because of his connection to Greenpeace.

maggieo on December 21, 2009 at 1:44 AM