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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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By Ben Pershing  |  December 18, 2009; 8:27 AM ET
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Posted by: fozzy13mailbox-ler | December 18, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment is in the double figures, the economy is in the toilet and all our President is concerned with is climate change and health care? I voted for Obama but if he pledges billions of dollars to other countries at this meeting while the are AMERICAN FAMILIES struggling, no way in hell he gets my vote again.

Posted by: louisp3 | December 18, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

IS CAP AND TRADE A HUGE PONZI SCHEME TO PROFIT BY POLLUTING?
JESSE VENTURA GOT ME TO THINKING...

Yes, THAT Jesse Ventura. The former Minnesota governor ranks as one of the few skeptical inquirers now working in major media -- a former Navy Seal who's hardly naive about the machinations of the bureaucracy.

He describes himself as a friend and admirer of Al Gore -- and now says he believes Gore, along with a legion of politicians and diplomats, are being naively duped by those who have constructed a global apparatus by which to profit from legitimate concerns over climate change.

His new program, pejoratively entitled "Conspiracy Theory," nonetheless opened my eyes to possibilities that have gone largely unexplored in mainstream media. The episode repeats next Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET. on the cable/satellite network TruTV. ( http://www.trutv.com/jesse ). Despite of its liberal use of scary music and overly dramatic editing effects, this journalist highly recommends this series.

These days, Jesse makes more sense than most of the politicians whose comings and goings are discussed here. Could he become a skeptical populist alternative to Sarah Palin?

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http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 18, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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