Especially given its source. I tend to believe Mark Lynas. Why should someone from the Maldives lie about this?
A writer and environmental activist who was present at the final Copenhagen climate talks says China sabotaged the deal and ensured Barack Obama would shoulder the blame.
While China’s Premier Wen Jiabao insisted his government had played an "important and constructive" role, the talks in the Danish capital ended with a political accord rather than a binding agreement.
Mark Lynas, who was attached to the Maldives delegation, described what he saw at the talks as "profoundly shocking".
"I am certain that had the Chinese not been in the room, we would have left Copenhagen with a deal that had environmentalists popping champagne corks in every corner of the world," he wrote in the The Guardian.
"The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful ‘deal’ so Western leaders would walk away carrying the blame.
He says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and other Western leaders were visibly upset when China started "removing all the numbers that mattered" in the final talks, including emissions cuts by developed countries of 80 per cent by 2050…
— ABC News
** Visit my Copenhagen theme on Floating Life.
Update Christmas Eve
Another slant on Copenhagen appears on God’s Politics: Copenhagen: Done. Next Stop: The U.S. Senate.
In today’s Sydney Morning Herald Moir has a comment on Tony Abbott’s Clayton’s Climate policy – so far as we know it, that is.