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Filthy lucre fouls the air

As predicted, Copenhagen is boiling down to money.  Who pays, how much, and to whom.  Presently, a week into the conference, there’s a lot of jockeying going on, and a lot of posturing.  We’ll learn how — and if –it all shakes out next week.  Despite the rancor and outrage that almost inevitably accompany any high-stakes poker game, it’s beginning to look as if the delegates may strike a deal before everyone storms home.

 
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U.S. negotiator dismisses reparations for climate

This report from Copenhagen in the New York Times analyzes delegates’ efforts to circulate unofficial treaty drafts. They represent 3 types of countries: the developed rich — the US and Europe, emerging powerhouses — China and India, and the poor majority. Satisfying all 3 types will be very difficult.

 
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An affordable truth

Wonder of wonders, Paul Krugman of the New York Times is optimistic about Copenhagen. What’s more, he calls cutting greenhouse gases (GHGs) both affordable and essential. Reducing GHGs may even help the economy, so there’s no reason to wait. Cap and trade systems have worked before; they can again.

 
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Betting on Copenhagen

I’m glad someone at the New York Times has a good sense of humor about the potentially disastrous warming of Earth’s climate and the impending response to it at the meeting soon to convene in Copenhagen. On the other hand, you could die laughing.

 
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Yikes Bike

Yikes Bike

Click on the above link for a video of an innovative design for urban transportation, a folding, portable bicycle.  For more info, go to their website.

 
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