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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Barbara Finamore, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the founder and director of their China program, and Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), review the world leaders' speeches on climate change initiatives at the U.N. General Assembly.

Guests:

Barbara Finamore and Jake Schmidt

Comments [4]

whoindatgarden from Brooklyn

Whatever Obama says or does, at the end it comes down to simple stuff.
In China and India about 60% of the people have little or no Electricity.Those countries want to provide electricity 24/7 to all people at a cheap price.As of now Coal fired power plants are the cheapest to deploy that delivers electricity. All other alternatives are not cost effective today.
They can't not stop making coal fired plants.
If we want them to not do that we in the West have to be willing to sacrifice today and now not in five or ten years.We should be willing to shut down our coal fired plants now and if that means we will have less electricity till we deploy alternatives so be it.BUT THAT SACRIFICE IS NECESSARY TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE ELSE IT WILL NOT be possible to dictate to those countries to lower their CO2 emissions.

Sep. 23 2009 10:25 AM
superf88

this version slightly more clearly written than my previous

So China passes stricter environmental rules and US companies will be less able to trash China's water, land and labor force, as they have for the past 10 yrs -- then which country will be the next lucky winner of our largesse?

Until there are global pollution and labor standards Obama's time is honestly more wisely spent building a moat around his Chicago home to keep the ocean out (along with the millions of displaced Chinese laborers).

Sep. 23 2009 10:19 AM
superf88

So if US companies won't be able to trash China's water, land and people for the past 10 yrs -- then which country will be the next lucky winner?

Until there are global pollution and labor standards Obama's time is honestly more wisely spent building a moat around his Chicago home to keep the ocean out.

Sep. 23 2009 10:16 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Obama can do the same thing before the UN that he did during the campaign -- sound great with every intention of doing the very opposite of what he promises.

The Europeans are tired of "empty speeches", just as Sarkozy said.

Obama says one thing in public and does the opposite behind closed doors. He promises progress on the climate, and then opposes stringent requirements.

He criticizes Israeli settlements, then caves to Netanyahu.

It is a pattern we should recognize in this disappointing president.

Sep. 23 2009 10:10 AM

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