Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Only 48 Hours Left

It's almost 8 a.m. here, but it's two in the afternoon in Copenhagen. Yesterday protesters announced a mass rally would take place, and today, the morning news announced protesters were tear gassed, and they're not letting any other groups in including Friends of the Earth, who arrived to find their badges were no longer valid. The Prime Minister stepped in as head of the summit - a procedural move they say.

One of the main issues jamming the process is how much wealthier countries will help out poorer countries. Generally the developed countries have raped the land of the 3rd world, and left a mess behind. The G-77 want them to pay for the clean up. One of the problems, though, is that China's included in the poorer countries.

Obama is confident that an agreement will be reached. He's a make-it-happen kind of guy, so my money (and hope) is on a deal being finalized.

London's mayor says the green message has to sound less "miserable", in an effort not to "depress" people. "We've got to explain that a lot of the things we can do will actually be good for us and good for our economy and cut our bills and make life actually better to live." They're giving grants to make homes more energy-efficient. Well, it's a start.

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