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COPENHAGEN: Why Obama (and our voices) Will Matter in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN: Why Obama (and our voices) Will Matter in Copenhagen

Hello from Copenhagen! I landed on Sunday and sat through long lines for my hotel room, NGO credentials, and everything else to prepare for two weeks of discussions, panels, and media around the U.N. climate talks. 1Sky finished last week with a whirlwind of activity: a White House rally with several allied organizations (watch our video here); the delivery of a petition with 30,000 names asking President Obama to set the stage for a fair, ambitious and binding treaty; and the President’s announcement that he’ll change his schedule to attend the talks on December 18, a critical day towards the end of the conference, when his presence could make the most difference.

The grassroots pressure that 1Sky and many other groups are putting on the Administration is important to keeping the U.S. moving towards a real climate deal. I couldn’t have been more proud of the movement than I was last week.

But, it will be an uphill battle to get that binding treaty. The deniers are out in full-force right now, making it even more difficult to exert pressure on our leaders for a strong bill in the Senate in early 2010.  We have our work cut out for us at home and abroad — but we also have a strong leader in President Obama. Even with a Senate bill in flux, public indifference to climate change, faux scandals, and global economic turmoil, we have a leader who can make a difference. Obama’s decision to re-schedule his appearance for the most important day of the conference reaffirms his dedication to a clean energy future.

Here at Copenhagen, Obama must use his leadership and ability to rally other nations around a strong and lasting global treaty. Then, he must push the Senate into creating strong legislation and finally ratifying a global climate treaty in 2010. 1Sky has launched a call-in campaign for the next two weeks to pressure the Administration to stay strong and help set the table for a binding global treaty in Copenhagen.

All climate denial aside, we have a leader and he can still be our voice for a clean energy future. We simply have to keep raising our voices, too.

Gillian Caldwell is the Campaign Director for 1Sky, a new national campaign to build a diverse nationwide movement and convince our federal government to take bold action to tackle the climate crisis and harness the enormous economic opportunity of the renewable energy economy by 2010. 

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10:24PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:23PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:22PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:22PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:21PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:33PM PST on Dec 16, 2009

Thank you for proving my point you Liberal hypocrite Matt F. If you really cared about the environment like you spout, you would not even be on your stupid little computer using energy. Start setting an example dear. Be the ultimate "no carbon footprint guy" & go away lol. And that doesn't mean get in your car & drive away :) Don’t try to justify hypocritical behavior because it’s just a wee bit, lol.

8:43PM PST on Dec 16, 2009

Leeann, you don't deserve a reply since you obviously are a conservative because you love to put others down more than anything else in the world. We can have all of the luxuries of technology if we use sensible technology to power them. Instead we are using 19th century and early 20th century power technology because the companies that sell that are blocking change. They buy green companies to get their patent rights so they can prevent the technology from entering the marketplace in any significant way. They keep green technology as the "fuels of the future" by getting government to divert funds from implementing what already works (wind, solar, electric cars) to developing what doesn't work yet and will never make economic sense (clean coal, hydrogen fuel cell cars). If my job didn't keep disapearing out from under me, I would have solar panels on my roof by now, and could use those devices as much as I want and still have a net input to the grid. I do have a modest but effective water pre-heater - just running some large pipes through my attic got my summer gas bill so low it doesn't make sense to hook up a rooftop unit (like the one at my mom's). We should be burning gas in power plants only to fill occasional gaps in water, geothermal, solar and wind. We should burn coal only as a last resort, and only if there isn't enough gas.

7:55PM PST on Dec 16, 2009

Liberal, environmentalist, hypocrites would never be so selfish as to think that the massive reduction in comfort & convenience isn’t worth giving up...
electricity, i.e. refrigeration, lights, stoves, ovens, microwaves, coffeemakers, heat, air conditioning, fans, tv, radio, stereos, dvrs, phones, computers!

You should renounce running water, i.e showers, using the toilet, personal hygiene is over rated. No drinking tap water either.
Travel by foot, if you drive or own a car, ride on a plane or bus that uses fossil fuels & preach save the planet you are being hypocritical.

Don't have kids, that will only exacerbate the problem.
Grow a garden. Don't go to a restaurant, they use electricity & might serve animals.
Don't wear clothes. They were made w/ electricity at a factory of man-made materials.
Stop breathing out.
Don’t purchase any product containing CO2. Every time you crack a cold one, you’re destroying the polar ice caps.

Nothing can be accomplished if you are a environmentalist. So much for progress unless your a hypocrite.

I long for the good old days & can’t wait to return to them so I can live a healthier life blogging on paper by candle & inhaling the toxic fumes of the peat bricks heating my home.

I don't expect a reply, because you will be leading by example & shutting off your computer & going to live in a cave.
Remember, a little use is like a little pregnant. So don’t try to justi

1:23PM PST on Dec 16, 2009

How bad is it? Actually, it is probably too late already. Any fix needed to start at Kyoto. By digging up 50% of the dead dinosaurs (and plants) that sequestered billions of tons of Carbon in the earth and burning them, we have loaded the atmosphere with enough CO2 to melt the ice caps. The arctic, which was thinner and underlaid by ocean, is already gone - every estimate scientists have made so far of how fast the melt will occur has been way too slow compared to what has actually happened.

The only hope is that the Gulf Stream might shut down, triggering a new ice age in Northern Europe and Canada/Russia (and even higher temps in the equatorial regions), and thus allowing an Arctic ice pack to re-form. Otherwise, the reflectivity of the earth decreases, and we cascade into the environment of 500 million years ago (before those dinosaurs died), and a sea level rise of 20 meters. Most of Florida, New York City, Houston, as well as Bengla Desh, Port au Prince, Bankok, and thousands of other coastal cities loose most of their land and all of their port facilities as Greenland and the Antarctic melt over the next 20 to 100 years. Already, many populated areas are losing thier water supplies due to melted land glaciers. What is left of LA becomes an Island with no water supply as the inland valleys fill with ocean.

Thanks, President Bush and Exxon. That is your legacy.

1:17PM PST on Dec 16, 2009

It is all about the money - climate change denial, and the unbelief in the US,, that is. The oil companies and the Arab oil sheiks, in a greedy attempt to prolong their business models, have spent billions to persuade Americans that global warming, which is accepted universally by real scientists, is a hoax. They have paid for people to impersonate scientists and try to publish biased research supporting the Republican/Oil Company party line, and now they have launched a campaign to discredit the legitimate scientists just as Copenhagen got started, They call the legitimate scientists what they themselves are: FRAUDS. And you Fox-watching dittoheads (you even let them get you to call yourselves morons) just lap it up.

The result so far: record profits that have more than paid for their ads, and a melted Arctic ice cap. So we get 20-30 more years of the oil companies making money and then Waterworld - all ocean, nothing to drink or eat. What dupes you deniers are.

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