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I'd been meaning to write about this statement, made by Christiana Figueres, the new UN Climate Chief, since she made it a couple days ago, at a panel I attended at this year's Clinton Global Initiative. What she's talking about, of course, is the persistent hope among many for a binding international treaty that can be agreed upon by all parties and nations -- that which never materialized at Copenhagen, and for which the meeting was labeled a colossal failure. In the video after the jump, Figueres explained why such a "big bang" agreement should now be considered a myth:The video was snipped by Brad Johnson, a fellow climate blogger who also attended the meeting. He's got a post worth reading on the subject as well, over at Wonk Room. But without further ado, here's the vid:
According to her statement here, the next round of international climate talks, set to take place at the end of the year in Cancun, Mexico, will be a much more sober affair. Which makes sense -- the media and activist circus at Copenhagen, paired with the near-political impossibility of the task at hand (the US had nothing to seriously offer the world in the negotiations, having made no progress on climate legislation) set the stage for the chaotic proceedings and subsequent narrative of deflated hopes around the world.
Certainly, this time 'round, especially the US has somehow managed to have even less leverage for negotiating climate with developing nations like China or India -- the climate bill is officially dead, and Congress is on the verge of being taken over by a party that favors opposing any and all climate action. So I'd say that yes, any talk of a one-off "big bang" climate agreement for quite some time is mythical indeed.