O acordo “secreto” de Obama
Paresh Nath, «The Khaleej Times»
Barack Obama, embora ele e outros líderes já tenham decidido que o resultado final de Copenhaga não será vinculativo, com a sua proposta de reduções nas emissões de CO2 colocou algumas novas expectativas na quase dada como moribunda nesta cimeira sobre o clima. E as expectativas parecem ter algum fundamento; um dia depois do anúncio do Presidente Obama, o governo chinês anunciou que irá reduzir a taxa de crescimento das emissões em 2020 entre 40 a 45 por cento, comparada aos níveis de 2005.
Petar Pismestrovic, «Kleine Zeitung»
Para Richard Wolffe, no The Daily Beast, isto não é coincidência e escreve que Barack Obama trouxe algum tipo de acordo da sua viagem à China:
After the Olympic-sized disappointment of his last trip to Copenhagen, why on earth would President Obama want to travel once again to the Danish capital for next month’s UN climate talks?
The answer, according to White House officials, lies in several weeks of intensive behind-the-scenes diplomacy that the press corps entirely overlooked during Obama’s recent trip to China, and during the recent state visit by India’s prime minister.
Beyond the photo ops and press statements, Obama was pushing President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the kind of climate deals that eluded him at the G8 summit in Italy in the summer – and have eluded international negotiators for the last decade. China and India have played central roles in blocking past agreements, alongside the US, in a seemingly intractable dispute between fast-developing economies and the older, wealthier polluters.
Now Obama is at the point where he feels on the verge of a breakthrough, based on the kind of talks that don’t get covered by reporters obsessing about state dinners. “He had extensive conversations with President Hu specifically on climate and conversations with the prime minister of India,” said one senior White House aide. “So he has been building momentum for a political agreement to be brokered at Copenhagen.”