The big question in Durban is whether an extraordinarily obstructive Obama administration is days away from killing this process and burying its corpse next to the Doha round of trade talks.The stakes really are that high.
Spare me the lecture about how little power poor Obama has. No president since FDR has been handed as many opportunities to transform the U.S. into something that doesn't threaten the stability of life on this planet.
President Obama faces a seemingly impossible situation in Copenhagen this week: The world looks to him for climate leadership at a time when the U.S. government is conspicuously lagging on this issue.
American bombast and European Union snark were on full display at Day One of the UNFCC in Copenhagen today. U.S. Envoy Jonathan Pershing said "there is a deal to be done" in Copenhagen.
When consumers make reductions at home, at work, at school, the actions become more endemic and natural. GEO believes we must move away from the engineering factoids to give energy a human face.
With a kind of focus that would have been unthinkable during the Bush administration, President Obama has directed federal agencies and urged Congress to take real action on climate change.
The biggest news coming out of Copenhagen, but not covered by the American media, is that Obama hasn't been able to convince other countries to act even though he is the most popular head of state.