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Climate change – USA entrenched in the oil economy

January 1, 2012

That the world’s most powerful country—whose scientists have made a vast contribution to climate science—was reduced to playing a bit-part in negotiations over the future of the world’s climate was more than unimpressive. It was demeaning. And next time America demands that China, India or Brazil take bold steps for the global good, on trade or security, it will no doubt be remembered.

In the early hours of December 11th, after three days and nights of exhausting, often ill-tempered, final negotiations, the UN’s two-week-long climate-change summit ended in Durban with an agreement. America has reason to be glad of the outcome—yet its negotiators showed little enthusiasm for almost any part of the international process. (via theeconomist)

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