Headlines from around the world

It is a wonderful thing to see the loss of stature of Obama, along with the crushing defeat of exceedingly bad policy, all happen in one instance. The “Climategate” emails, combined with the obscene (and unnecessary) price tag in a time of global recession, killed this deal. This is a good thing.


Copenhagen Accord is branded “abject failure” by activists (Deutsche Welle, 12/19/09)

The Truths Copenhagen Ignored (Johann Hari, 19 December, 2009, The Independent)

With Climate Agreement, Obama Guts Progressive Values (Bill McKibben, 19 December, 2009, Grist.org)

Climate fiasco in Copenhagen: After 12 days of negotiations, the world climate conference in Copenhagen has proven a failure. (Henrik Boehme, 12/19/09, Deutsche Welle)

Copenhagen called climate ‘crime scene’ (New Zealand Herald, Dec 20, 2009)

Scientists underwhelmed by Copenhagen Accord: What many had hoped would be a planet-saving treaty came out as a three-page political accord with key numbers yet to be filled in.. (Javno, 12/19/09)

Under Obama, the Left feels left out (BEN SMITH & JONATHAN MARTIN, 12/19/09, Politico)

Talk About a Climate Catastrophe: The deal Obama brought home from Copenhagen wasn’t just weak—it wasn’t even really a deal. David Roberts on what went wrong—and what Obama has to do next. (David Roberts, 12/19/09, Daily Beast)

Gunning Full Throttle into the Greenhouse (An Editorial by Markus Becker in Copenhagen, 12/19/09, Der Spiegel)

Candidate flip, president flop: Obama crushes a medication policy he’d vowed to endorse. Such bogus election-year promises undermine democracy (David Sirota, 12/18/09, Salon)

Copenhagen climate conference: global warming talks meltdown (Louise Gray, 19 Dec 2009, Daily Telegraph)

Climate Pact Falls Short (JEFFREY BALL, STEPHEN POWER and ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON, 12/18/09, WSJ)

Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure: Deal thrashed out at talks condemned as climate change scepticism in action (John Vidal, Allegra Stratton and Suzanne Goldenberg, guardian.co.uk)