Why are people so pessimistic about a global climate deal?



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    It is likely the climate summit will not reach consensus on emissions reduction due to the unwillingness of the United States to agree to any treaty until at least next year. The United States leads the world in part because of its economic and political power, but in the case of climate change the US is responsible for contributing the largest amount of green house gasses; more than any other country. This makes the cooperation of the US particularly significant when it comes to negotiations in Copenhagen. By being a party to secret negotiations with other developed countries at the summit, the US is engaged in actively undermining the democratic structure of the meeting itself.

    Such actions by this group of developed countries and the US unwillingness to agree to significant emission reductions seems to justify people’s fears the summit will not produce a meaningful agreement.


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