Copenhagen's lukewarm deal

The reaction of environmentalists to the deal negotiated in Copenhagen Friday ranged from lukewarm to hostile. U.S. groups that work closely with Obama administration officials sought to make nice. “It strikes a credible blow against the single greatest environmental ill of our time,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
    And many of them noted that the U.S. Senate, where climate legislation is stalled, will be the next big battlefield.
  But others, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, were sharply critical. “Merely acknowledging the weaknesses of the deal, as President Obama has done, does not excuse its failings,” said Kassie Siegel of the Tucson center’s Climate Law Institute. “We stand at the precipice of climatic tipping points, beyond which a climate crash will be out of our control.”
 Although U.S. officials sought to put an upbeat spin on the last-minute deal that brought nations together in a nonbinding agreement on climate change, the mood among many participants in the grueling two-week negotiations was far from celebratory.
  It was close to midnight Friday when a few delegates from the South Pacific island of Tuvalu sat grim-faced in front of a conference hall TV screen watching Obama defend the new global climate deal.
“This is very far from what many countries need for survival,” said Gilliane Le Gallic, head of Alofa Tuvalu, a Paris-based nonprofit group and an official Tuvalu delegate. “This won’t limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, so Tuvalu will be submerged, and its people have no place to go.”
The cavernous exhibit hall that days earlier had teemed with hundreds of exuberant lobbyists for rain forests, electric cars and carbon finance was all but empty as Matar Cisse, head of Senegal’s “Great Green Wall” climate-adaptation project, rolled up his colorful posters.
  Cisse was eager to talk about

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12/18/2009 22:30

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