I’m positive that Obama wishes to dispel the negativity associated with former President Bush’s inability to join the Kyoto Protocol; however these are rough times and it’s possible that what comes out of the negotiations in Copenhagen could force the U.S. to once again say no. Right now the number being discussed is somewhere in the range of $10 billion a year shared among each participating state, which if compared to the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is minuscule. As it seems Obama may be tempted to bring in the Senate when entering into an agreement of this nature which may help or harm the situation… either way, will it inspire the U.S. to enact strict legislation? As far as I can tell anyone who has made their mind up about climate change is about as inspired as they’re going to get… That doesn’t change whether or not we can afford it financially on top of everything else. The President might be apt to say that the U.S. is already doing everything it can within its means to accomplish it’s own goals… to be honest it wouldn’t surprise me… and I wouldn’t hold it against him.
COP-15 in Copenhagen didn’t lead the US to create a climate change law, but conventional wisdom is that the conference DID help nations around the world realize that climate change is a serious issue that will require international cooperation to address. “COP’s” or the UN Conference of Parties gatherings happen every year at the end of year. COP-16 was held in Cancun, and once again, there was no international treaty signed on how to address climate change, although many nations did announce updates to their domestic plans to reduce carbon emissions at the national level. COP-17 happens this year in Durban so perhaps there will be some progress there…
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