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Could climate prove a change too far for Obama? March 7, 2009

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Could climate prove a change too far for Obama?

From YahooNews, March 7, 2009

PARIS (AFP) – European enthusiasm for President Barack Obama’s ambitious programme of US renewal does not hide deep uncertainty over the likelihood of his delivering on measures to combat climate change.

Nine months from UN talks in Denmark, where world leaders will try to wrap up agreement on a new global climate change treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012, there are real fears that events may conspire against Obama.

The depth of the disaster that has befallen the US economy in particular — witness Friday’s announcement of over 650,000 jobs lost in February alone — and the difficulties Obama has faced getting Congress to greenlight his rescue plans underscore significant obstacles ahead.

Besides, given the US failure to meet its Kyoto commitments — the protocol was signed by Bill Clinton’s administration in 1997 but subsequently rejected by Senate — European partners retain bitter memories of promises broken.

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Global warming: why cut one 3,000th of a degree? September 30, 2008

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Global warming: why cut one 3,000th of a degree?

Bjorn Lomberg

Bjorn Lomberg

By Bjørn Lomborg

From The Times, September 30, 2008

Britain’s efforts to reduce the speed of global warming will cost huge sums of money and have a pitifully tiny effect.

Global warming is seen everywhere as one of the most important issues. From the EU to the G8, leaders trip over one another to affirm their commitment to cutting CO2 to heal the world. What they do not often acknowledge – in part because it would lose them support – is that the solutions proffered are incredibly costly and will end up doing amazingly little good, even in a century’s time. This is the truly inconvenient truth of the politics of global warming.