Perhaps these words should be added to those of Monbiot in the previous article on this page. Friends of the Earth said in a statement, “Obama has deeply disappointed not only those listening to his speech at the UN talks, he has disappointed the whole world…”The extent of crisis in the talks has taken leaders by surprise. The Brazilian leader, Lula da Silva, told the conference that the all-night negotiating sessions took him back to his days as a trade union leader negotiating with his bosses. You can read this and more in an article at the Guardian site at link
Obama’s own words also deserve close attention. “We know the fault lines because we’ve been imprisoned by them for years. But here is the bottom line: we can embrace this accord, take a substantial step forward, and continue to refine it and build upon its foundation,” he said.
“Or we can again choose delay, falling back into the same divisions that have stood in the way of action for years. And we will be back having the same stale arguments month after month, year after year – all while the danger of climate change grows until it is irreversible.”
Just what are or were the “same old divisions” and you can add to that the reference to “same stale arguments”. Is it made from the sense of betrayal felt by the poor nations as the rich say effectively here is our plan to keep our hegemony and what we already have. You will just have to do your best. Pull apart the language and what is being said is, here is the accord, take it and later we can make it better.
Perhaps a lot of the meaning, if there is any, depends on just exactly who “we” is.
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