– Do you think the world’s leaders took the threat to the world’s economy more seriously than the threat to our planet? Some of you argue they were more decisive and spent committed money at the G20 in London. And do you mind if that is the case?
– Did President Obama behave in a disrespectful way? He told the White House press corps a deal had been agreed before many countries knew about it. And he was on Air Force One before they had a chance to respond. If George Bush had done that, how would you have reacted?
Does the UN need to be removed from global negotiations on climate change? Has it shown itself to be incapable of forcing leaders to take tough decisions?
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of Western power? Was this the summit where the developing world said enough is enough? Was this about China digging in, or about a much broader coalition of poorer countries refusing to bow to Western pressure? And would such a development excite you?
Roger Harrabin is the BBC’s environment analyst. He’s written a fascinating article about the whole Copenhagen process. In it are some statistics which warrant pulling out.
17 years since the Rio summit when world leaders pledged to keep emissions below a level considered dangerous.
6 Chinese… are responsible for the same emissions as one American.
16.6%. The $100billion offered to the developing world is 16.6% of the annual US defence budget.
18% of scientists surveyed think the IPCC has exaggerated the threat of climate change.
17% of surveyed think the IPCC has underplayed the threat. (The rest think it’s getting it right.)