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Who Do We Blame?

I think this has been a question a lot of progressives have been fighting with around healthcare and other issues. One can argue that Obama is pushing our broken and bribed system as fast as it can go, but one can also argue that he has put put some folks in his administration that keep their feet firmly on the breaks because they think keeping power is more important than fixing any of our problems.

Well as that debate rages on I was relieved to read this account of the Climate talks in Copenhagen. The miserable outcome was largely due to China, who it seems was betting on Climate protection advocates putting the blame on their own leaders. China, Builds solar and wind, gets a significant amount of its electric from hydro and nuclear but either isn't ready to stop building coal plants or likes being ahead of the curve.

Here is an account of the talks from an Australian that that attended:

Eyewitness: How China sabotaged climate talks

A writer and environmental activist who was present at the final Copenhagen climate talks says China sabotaged the deal and ensured Barack Obama would shoulder the blame.

While China's Premier Wen Jiabao insisted his government had played an "important and constructive" role, the talks in the Danish capital ended with a political accord rather than a binding agreement.

Mark Lynas, who was attached to the Maldives delegation, described what he saw at the talks as "profoundly shocking".

"I am certain that had the Chinese not been in the room, we would have left Copenhagen with a deal that had environmentalists popping champagne corks in every corner of the world," he wrote in the The Guardian.

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If what Mark Lynas relates is accurate, then it is up to Britain, Germany,and other western countries to help point this out. On the other hand, China has lots of US $, and we end up with out hands tied when negotiations with China don't go our way. On yet another hand, it never ceases to amaze me how constituents, parties, and countries will vote against their own best interests just for personal power, or even just a power block. Maybe amaze isn't the right term, and I'm certainly not surprised - irritated, perhaps.

Canada certainly did its part as well. Mr Harper and Jim Prentice (our "environment minister"), among other things, are so far bought and paid for by tar sands special interest groups that they essentially refuse to admit the project even an environmental concern, let alone an unmitigated emissions and ecological catastrophe.

This account is an important perspective I had not heard before, and China does seem have been a large obstacle in the process, but for what it's worth I am also pretty embarrassed with my country's "efforts" at this conference. Canada's position, for me, was representative of a more general lack of urgency to set any sort of ambitious goals--although I now see that this may not have been the case, which is encouraging.

I'm not sure I buy the logic. Without getting China on board you can pop all the champagne corks you want but it won't mean crap.

I don't think he was saying they didn't need to get the Chinese on board - I think he was just saying it was the Chinese who kept it from happening...they were the ones who blocked it....


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