Copenhagen is dead – long live Copenhagen
Obama admitted during his trip to Asia last week what many people were already saying since the Barcelona-talks earlier this month: Copenhagen will produce a „politically binding“ agreement. Prior to this, a „legally binding“ Agreement was envisioned, meaning a REAL treaty which is enforcable. politically binding is suppose to mean a clear roadmap towards something legal, in effect it is not worth than any sunshine-descision taken by the G8 (among many: reducing poverty, erasing dept of the South, eradicating hunger in the world). Since in reality usually the opposite of „political binding“ agreements happen, I hope Copenhagen will not produce one.
Now the sides are even harder on COP15. On one side the people who still believe in what was promised for the last years: a real treaty that saves the planet. On the other side of the mass of „realist“ folks who want „the best possible“ are also people who have a real (here: opposite to „realist“) opinion: they want no deal an a smash in Copenhagen to show the world that the whole negotiations are crap. This week reality moved their direction.