As the middle Atlantic region of the United States hunkers down for a potential blizzard now taking aim at the great Megalopolis. President Obama, Superman cape and all, flies into Copenhagen to revive an all but dead GW conference.
I know I sound like I'm beating a dead horse here; but I'm not coming at this from a purely partisan perspective. I truly am (somewhat) worried about possible devastating effects of MMGW and I wouldn't mind seeing the World make a real live serious effort to do something.
That having been said...
What President Obama is essentially saying is:
"Okay; I concede that we're not going to get anything "real" or effective done at this conference. But hey, we need a start (or at least a political victory for me). I can't agree to anything substantial because Congress will balk and you "developing" nations (the PC way of saying "China" ) don't seem to want to do anything either. So, I'll tell you what. I'll pledge $100b to you if you'll promise to give me this one concession that I can sell to my constituents. Yes, it's true that we don't have the $100b. But hey, we can always borrow it from you, right?
After this and the Olympic debacle, I doubt Copenhagen is going to be on the President's favorite list of vacation spots going forward.