Obama turns up heat at climate talks
By Ben Pershing
Is President Obama losing his trademark cool over global warming? Not quite, but the temperature in Copenhagen does appear to have risen Friday.
"A clearly frustrated President Barack Obama displayed impatience Friday with world leaders' failure to reach a new climate accord," the Associated Press reports, after Obama's speech to an international audience. Obama said that "the time for talk is over" and "there is no time to waste." The New York Times writes that Obama "called on world leaders to move swiftly to address climate change, and, in a direct challenge to China, pressed for a global climate change accord to include a way to monitor whether countries are complying with promised emissions cuts." Though Obama did make his big speech, the deterioration of the Copenhagen talks changed his role there. "The result is an Obama forced to transform rather dramatically from America's grand orator to its top negotiator," Newsweek writes. A separate Associated Press headline: "Obama hopes to seal the climate deal in Copenhagen."
The Washington Post says Obama arrived in Copenhagen Friday "and promptly tore up his schedule, holding emergency meetings with world leaders in an uphill attempt to seal a last-minute climate change deal on the final day of the global climate-change summit." The Los Angeles Times writes "key concessions from the United States and China jolted climate negotiations Thursday in Copenhagen, providing optimism" ahead of Obama's arrival. But CNN reports that while there had been some optimism, "U.S. officials, however, downplayed the possibility of a major climate deal after negotiators met through the night and into the morning on Friday." The administration is certainly trying to get a deal, as the Wall Street Journal describes: "Obama played a big card Thursday, authorizing Mrs. Clinton to tentatively endorse European proposals that rich nations come up with $100 billion a year over the next decade to help poor nations fight climate change."
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