You may have heard about today's Washington Post op-ed by none other than the climate scientisthard-working Governor Sarah Palin. Titled "Copenhagen's political science", the piece suggests that President Obama not go to the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen because the science behind the conference isn't "trustworthy." While Mrs. Palin may know something about politicians leaving their jobs to other people, her science and understanding of the Swifthack email scandal leave something to be desired.
A specter hangs over the U.S. negotiators at the UN Climate Summit: what I’ll call the Kyoto Syndrome. Conventional wisdom holds that the Clinton Administration, and Al Gore in particular, blew it by agreeing to the Kyoto Accords without building the foundation for the Senate to ratify it, which it never did. (See, e.g., “How to Prevent Climate Change Summit from Failure”)
A few days ago, a key group of ten senators sent a letter to President Obama presenting their advice to him as he prepares to travel to Copenhagen. Their advice is a very different message than the one note negative message of warning that the Clinton Gore Administration received from the Senate (95-0) prior to Kyoto, headlined by: don’t sign something that doesn’t include developing country commitments with the same compliance timeframe as developed countries.