I doubt we’ll be so lucky, however. More likely, we’ll be blamed by the rest of the world. China, meanwhile, will continue to be awesome. Telegraph:
The world should progress towards an international deal on climate change without the US, scientists have suggested, as talks kick off with little hope of the superpower agreeing to cut emissions.
More than 190 countries are gathered in Cancun, Mexico for the latest round of United Nations talks on climate change.
The talks were opened by Felipe Calderon, the President of Mexico, with promises to progress towards a global deal that will keep global warming below 2C (3.6F) by limiting global emissions.
However the cracks are already showing. African nations are refusing to work with the EU because they believe that the rich world is failing to make strong enough commitments on preventing climate change.
And frustration is growing with the United States and China, the world’s two biggest emitters, as both refuse to commit to legally binding targets on cutting carbon.
China resents having to submit to monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) on its carbon emissions.
The US cannot commit to a legally-binding deal because it would be impossible for President Barack Obama to get any legislation cutting emissions past the Republicans in Congress.