Saturday, December 19, 2009

China snubs President Obama and Hillary Clinton in Copenhagen.

China's delaying tactics threaten climate deal - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent

China is attempting to scupper chances of a comprehenive agreement at the Copenhagen climate summit by using delaying tactics, sources inside the negotiations have told The Independent.

At an emergency meeting convened at the Bella Center this morning, Barack Obama and Gordon Brown assembled 26 heads of state in an attempt to revive a deal. But China's Premier Wen Jiabao did not attend and was replaced by vice foreign minister He Yafei.

This afternoon, the US president and his secretary of state Hillary Clinton called another meeting with China, but were snubbed again when only three low-level Chinese delegates arrived.

President Obama pleading his case to China's Premier Wen Jiaba

President Obama clearly regarded Premier Wen’s absence as a major diplomatic insult, and snapped: “It would be nice to negotiate with somebody who can make political decisions.”

UK diplomatic sources later confirmed that China had taken huge offence at remarks by President Obama over the need to independently monitor every country carbon emissions. In his speech President Obama said: "Without any accountability, any agreement would be empty words on a page". The Chinese
delegation interpreted these comments as an attempt to humiliate them. It prompted Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to return to his hotel and send low level delegates to take his place in the talks.

In Copenhagen, joined by 20 other members of Congress, Pelosi was on message, announcing that the visit is really meant to create jobs.

"We see Copenhagen as a meeting about job creation," Pelosi said. "How do we move forward to create millions of clean energy jobs and new technologies to keep America No. 1?"

The jobs bill passed late Wednesday on a 217-212 vote, with no Republicans voting for the plan. The Senate won't take up jobs legislation until next year. With unemployment high it seems certain that some form of the bill will soon make it to the desk of President Barack Obama.

The jobs bill is a political no brainer. The $154 billion package will stimulate the labor market and provide needed jobs; jobs that will help the Democrats retain their control in the House and the Senate.

Good question Nancy "How do we create millions of clean energy jobs." How many green jobs do we have now and what is classified as a green job. And if $787 billion didn't create any new jobs how will $154 billion?

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