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Copenhagen Meltdown or Strategic Victory?

A close, veteran observer of politics and the global-warming debate e-mails about the current situation at the climate talks:

the walkout of the developing countries is a win win for the alarmists.  There was never going to be anything more than a fig leaf agreement.

 

This walkout allows developed countries to lay the blame on unreasonable demands – while maintain the “we must do something” moral/political high ground.

 

The developing countries play the victims – hoping for more guilt-induced aid.

 

Everybody wins and the ball goes into US court on upcoming cap and trade debate/vote.

 

Getting cap and trade would have been made even more difficult if Copenhagen agreement was lopsided for developing nations – especially any kind of different treatment for China or India, et al.

 

Obama comes back talking about need for “America to lead the world”  – does a head count – then decides how much political capital he wants to spend on getting some kind of deal on cap and trade or alternative.

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