First of all, I love this from Joel Pett:
Next, today, the big news at Copenhagen seemed to be about the leaked document, which have been said to throw the conference into “disarray.” The Guardian describes the situation as such:
Developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.
The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.
While this fairness issue for economic development from developing countries is a constant argument, other (namely Grist, a leader in Copenhagen coverage) analysts don’t think this is as big of a deal as the Guardian cites it to be. In fact, they don’t think it’s a big deal (or deal) at all:
I’ve been told by folks on the ground in Copenhagen that negotiators say the supposedly new draft is actually an old draft that was leaked several weeks ago. There’s nothing new here; the Guardian seems to have been straight-up duped. For the most part the draft is boring and practical; it mainly seems to have pissed off the anti-World Bank crowd. Regardless, it’s an old draft, one of many documents floating around, and of no particular significance in and of itself—reflective of longstanding tensions among rich and poor countries, but not their cause.
also, Grist writer David Roberts chalks up the false hysteria to the place being overloaded with bored and anxious journalists who just need something, some “news” to write about. Everyone loves a good controversy.
Anyway, for some more links:
More on the influence of the smaller countries
Also, a side note: Snow day tomorrow in Madison! Drive safe (or don’t drive) people!