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Der Spiegel Notes COP 15 Was an Epic Failure

John on December 21, 2009 at 10:14 am

Actually, it’s not Der Spiegel, per se. Rather Der Spiegel has helpfully translated the reactions of half a dozen German papers. Here are a few highlights:

The center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:

“The combined pressure to negotiate that had built up in the weeks and months leading up to the conference have disappeared into the atmosphere like CO2. It will hardly be possible to build it up again before the next climate conference in Mexico next winter. Without the minimum of figures that the powerful countries should have committed themselves to in Copenhagen, an agreement in Mexico will not be enough to achieve the distant goal of climate protection — insofar as an agreement is even possible. The fight against global warming has been set back by years.”

This next paper (the Daily News?) wants sanctions on the US:

The left-leaning Die Tageszeitung writes:

“That can only change if such a refusal has consequences. There are already methods of imposing sanctions, whereby many developing countries are only given financial and technical aid if they agree to reduce their CO2 emissions. However, naturally that won’t help when it comes to big developing countries like China or unwilling industrialized countries like the United States. The only thing that will work here is threats, such as a climate tariff, that states with a real climate target might impose on imports from states that have no clear climate goal in the future.”

The US has sinned:

The Financial Times Deutschland writes:

“From the very beginning it was an illusion to believe that the two biggest climate sinners — China and the US — would allow themselves to be roped into a binding agreement with clear emissions targets and international monitoring.”

Obama has work to do:

The business daily Handelsblatt writes:

“Three hurdles have to be cleared. First, it is only when the US delegation has a climate law, that has already got through Congress, that they will make any commitments. It is the most important stumbling block, one that cannot be cleared through international negotiations. President Obama still has a lot of work to do in persuading people in the US.”

Some noted the hypocrisy:

The conservative Die Welt writes:

“Even if Chancellor Merkel is warning people not to bad mouth the climate summit, the result is still deplorable. Over 40,000 politicians, diplomats, scientists, journalists, lobbyists and NGO activists traveled there to save the world. One hundred and forty private jets landed, 1,200 limousines ferried delegates around. The feverish summit, which gave a new name to gigantism, offered a soapbox for alarmists and the self-important.”

Summing it all up:

The center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes:

“The climate summit in Copenhagen was no success — not even a small one. That’s why one can’t bad mouth the results, which Merkel has warned them not to do. No one can make them sound better than they are: Copenhagen was an all-out failure. How this (process) is to be brought to an end in the next year remains a mystery.”

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