12 November 2009
As the clock ticks down to a global summit on climate change in Copenhagen, the prospects of a comprehensive global deal have all but disappeared. A spokesperson for President Obama announced late last week that the United States is unlikely to pass climate change legislation in time for the conference, leaving it with little to bring to the table. Meanwhile, at preparatory negotiations in Bangkok this week, national representatives have argued and admonished each other for "wasting time", "dancing around the issues" and in one case "putting crap in the text just so you could take it out later". Yesterday things got even worse as China accused developed nations of trying to "fundamentally sabotage" negotiations.