Showdown in Copenhagen

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Tens of thousands demonstrators take part in a march in the center of Copenhagen on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. (AP)
Tens of thousands demonstrators took part in a march in the center of Copenhagen on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. (AP)

It’s “get real” week in Copenhagen on climate change.
Last week was posturing and pronouncement. The weekend was protest, with maybe a hundred thousand in the streets demanding action.
This week, the heads of state show up — more than 110 of them. And they either will or will not have an agreement to bless on next steps.
Already, poor and developing nations have staged a walkout. The U.S. says it won’t take the plunge without China. And China points back at the U.S.
Everyone wants to know who’s going to pay. It’s a showdown.
This hour, On Point: the hard homestretch in Copenhagen.
You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Jeffrey Ball, energy and environment columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Michael Levi, senior fellow for Energy and Environment and director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been writing extensively about the developments in Copenhagen.

Feng An, executive director of the climate change think tank Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, based in Los Angeles and Beijing. He was a leading architect of China’s existing fuel economy regulations for passenger and commercial vehicles.

Kim Carstensen, leader of the global climate initiative of the World Wildlife Fund.

This program aired on December 14, 2009.


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