Post Carbon Institute: Copenhagen Accord Is Meaningless
Asher Miller 2009-12-18
Friday, December 18, 2009
For Immediate Release
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Statement of Asher Miller, Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute, on “meaningful agreement” (sic!) announced in Copenhagen
Despite dire warnings from his own nation’s leading scientists, and over the cries of millions of voices in hundreds of countries across the globe, US President Barack Obama has chosen political expediency over truth and justice.
The so-called Copenhagen Accord is merely the repackaging of old and toothless promises, which holds no one accountable and utterly fails to reflect the urgency of the moment at hand.
Less than one year ago, President Obama took the oath of office on a cold winter day in our nation’s capital, calling upon each of us to “summon a new spirit of patriotism, of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.”
Now, on another cold winter day, our President appears to be more concerned about saving face and avoiding sacrifice than honoring his own lofty words.
It is now time for the American people to lead, to demand action, and to show the way, as Obama himself said “block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”
The world can no longer wait.
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