So the COP 15 meeting is over and we got… what exactly? It’s easier to point out the things we didn’t get. We didn’t get an agreement between the rich nations and the poor. We didn’t get a concrete plan to reduce emissions to an acceptable level and we din’t get political leadership.
Although there seems to be a majority in the US who don’t believe in AGW, most of the rest of the world is convinced. The failure of the UN meeting is blamed mainly on two nations, the two that contribute the most greenhouse gases, China and the US.
Obama arrived late and claimed he was there not to talk, but to act. It turned out to be an act. A lot of people, me included, thinks this is the most important issue of all and are somewhat dumbstruck to find that the world leaders managed to get pretty much nothing done. Now they talk about this being a first step. There’s been several first steps already, we don’t need another first step, we need a second and a third step already.
The international community still has a lot of goodwill for Obama, but the supply is dwindling fast. This was a chance to show real leadership and substance, but yet again the chance was missed. The honeymoon is over and the talks about hope and change starts sounding like just more rhetoric, from just another politician.