Bleak If Not Surprising: Climate Same Old Same Old


“President Obama and other world leaders have decided to put off the difficult task of reaching a climate change agreement at a global climate conference scheduled for next month, agreeing instead to make it the mission of the Copenhagen conference to reach a less specific ‘politically binding’ agreement that would punt the most difficult issues into the future.” Helene Cooper reports for the New York TimesNovember 14, 2009.


“While America turns away from dirty energy, Texas could soon have 12 new coal-fired power plants. What gives?” Forrest Wilder reports for the Texas Observer November 13, 2009.


“At little noticed talks last week in Port Ghalib, Egypt, climate advocates were hoping to seal a global agreement for the phase down of super greenhouse gases and give next month’s Copenhagen climate talks a can-do running start. But the annual meeting of the 198 nations of the Montreal Protocol began on a note of contention that five days of discussions could not overcome.” David Sassoon reports for Reuters November 13, 2009.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Boy, that Copenhagen article was all mystification. How disapointing, but not surprising. And the super greenhouse gases article was just as discouraging, but at least I could understand what was going on there.
    Thanks for the links.
    (I’m so glad you are posting again!)

  2. It is amazing to witness how much power multinational corporations have in stalling the international agreements that will help alleviate the climate change situation. I must say, I am far less than impressed with President Obama’s position on this. He seems to be just as controlled by the corporate world as George Bush when it comes to this issue.

    Time to rid the country of lobbyists and political contributions. Dirty money seems to be preferred over a green planet.