Obama's Interim Copenhagen Accord To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Now that the Copenhagen Climate Summit has come to a close, the main topic of discussion seems to be US President Barrack Obama's formation of an interim international agreement known as the Copenhagen Accord. The accord begins the process for both rich and poor countries alike to start cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. Although a deal was made by the end of the climate summit, many people are already taking issue with the agreement's flaws, believing it is not a proper solution. To many involved in the Copenhagen Summit, this interim accord leaves many questions unanswered and prominent issues unaddressed.
Leaders from up to 20 countries such as India, Brazil, China, and South Africa joined forces with Obama to form the Copenhagen Accord on Saturday. The accord commits to greenhouse gas emission cuts for each country, but it's clear that there is still a long road ahead on the journey to effective climate change. The Copenhagen Accord is not yet a legally binding treaty, and failure to achieve emission reductions will not be penalized. Many leaders and people involved are already concerned about the accord, specifically with the fact that this was a side deal made by only a few nations. Others believe it was a last effort to form some kind of deal that left many divided and was only accepted grudgingly.
In the end, all that was produced was an interim accord barely worth the name. It was bitterly attacked by many environmentalists, and even its chief architect, President Barack Obama, admitted the pact was "not enough" and that "we have a long way to go."
Many believe that the Copenhagen Accord has little merit and validity as it has not yet formally been passed as climate legislation. The temporary interim Copenhagen Accord is the result of the two-week process of climate discussions, however, it does not offer any binding kind of limit on greenhouse gas emissions. The deal instead is more of a bid to take action against greenhouse gas emissions, but does not offer any strategic action plan.
Although the interim Copenhagen Accord is still in its formative stages, there is already reason to hope that it will bring positive change for our global climate. Developing countries such as India and China evidently expressed a willingness to participate and be involved on the same level as richer countries, which suggests that every nation can make a difference. It remains to be seen what will become of the interim Copenhagen Accord and how it will take effect in both rich and poor countries throughout the World.