"Business interests and US partisan politics are behind the furor over leaked emails that have whipped up a controversy at the Copenhagen climate talks, Canadian experts say. The global talks to hammer out a deal on curbing greenhouse gas emissions are being derailed by public attention on the so-called 'Climategate,' scientist Andrew Weaver and author James Hoggan told AFP." AFP had the story Dec. 13, 2009.
"WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker says U.S. participation in an international agreement on climate change would result in soaring energy prices and damage America's economic competitiveness. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is among a group of GOP congressional critics of Democratic climate legislation who plan to travel to the climate conference in Copenhagen next week to voice opposition to the blueprint offered by President Barack Obama." The Associated Press had the story Dec. 12, 2009.
A philosopher in this post-ethics age sat down to eat breakfast in Copenhagen, laptop open, and couldn't help overhearing the private conversation of some climate "skeptics," who presumably feel no outrage about intrusion on private conversations. He took notes: "The private breakfast conversation was troubling, offering clear and indisputable evidence of attempts by the highest members of the climate denier community to manipulate the truth, shout down debate, silence dissent, hide data, initiate a political coup, deliberately conflate theoretical terms, isolate and mock the weak, cover up known facts, obfuscate good science, and whimper." It goes all the way up to Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.
"COPENHAGEN -- The tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu has been rebuffed at Copenhagen after demanding strong action to curb global warming. Tuvalu proposed amending the U.N. climate treaty to require the world's nations to keep the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above preindustrial levels. But Danish conference president Connie Hedegaard declined to advance the proposal, after objections from other nations. Oil producing nations, and others, would be hurt by the required strict limits on burning fossil fuels." The AP had the story Dec. 9, 2009.
"Republican lawmakers critical of efforts to battle climate change said they would fly next week to the Copenhagen summit to undercut President Barack Obama's promises of strong US action." AFP had the story Dec. 8, 2009.
"TUNIS -- Rich nations at the Copenhagen climate summit should commit $40 billion a year in new money to help Africa tackle the consequences of global warming, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Monday." Christian Lowe reports for Reuters Dec. 8, 2009.
"Along the roller-coaster ride toward an international agreement, expectations have soared and plummeted dozens of times -- sometimes within a matter of days. But as nations convene today in Copenhagen for the world's largest global warming summit, one thing is new: For the first time, every major greenhouse gas polluter in the world has a promise and a plan to cut carbon." Lisa Friedman writes for ClimateWire Dec. 7, 2009.