"BOSTON -- As the U.S. climate delegation arrives in Copenhagen nearly empty-handed, watchdog groups back at home say they know why: a political system gone astray due to the influence of huge amounts of corporate cash. "The bottom line is our method of private financing of campaigns is a disaster," Tyson Slocum, director of energy at Public Citizen, an NGO, told IPS. Adrianne Appel reports for IPS/TerraViva Dec. 6, 2009.
"WASHINGTON -- U.S. senators outlined a compromise climate bill on Thursday that emphasizes energy independence, a move that could strengthen President Barack Obama's position at U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen next week. The compromise between Senators John Kerry, a Democrat, Joseph Lieberman, an independent, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican, seeks to speed up the legislation, by casting it as a jobs and energy-independence bill." Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner report for Reuters Dec. 11, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Poor countries on Thursday challenged Barack Obama as he received his Nobel prize to steer the US back into the Kyoto Protocol and help free up 200 billion dollars in funds to fight climate change." AFP had the story Dec. 10, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Financier George Soros, who's declared he will invest up to $1 billion in low-carbon energy technology, waded into the dispute Thursday over how to finance efforts by poor countries to combat climate change by proposing that rich nations tap into special currency reserves issued by the International Monetary Fund." Alessandro Torello reports for the Wall Street Journal Dec. 10, 2009.
"LONDON -- Fighting back against climate skeptics, over 1,700 scientists in Britain have signed a statement defending the evidence that climate change is being caused by humans, Britain's weather office said Thursday. It was the latest attempt to remind the world of the reality of global warming after a cache of leaked e-mails was seized upon by skeptics as proof of a scientific conspiracy to stifle or twist the data on climate change." Raphael G. Satter reports for the Associated Press Dec. 10, 2009. Full Text.
"Capitalism, corporate lobbying, and consumptive culture are killing the planet—and the only acceptable solution is a radical overhaul of the global political and economic system, say delegates at a climate summit in Copenhagen this week. Not the climate summit, where negotiators are painstakingly haggling over a modest deal that may or may not slow the pace of global warming. This clarion call is what a climate agreement might sound like if matters were decided by Klimaforum, otherwise known as the 'people's climate summit.'" Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones Dec. 10, 2009.
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