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US Denounced for "Startling Level of Obstructionism and Defeatism" on UN Climate Talks Deal

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Published on Dec 9, 2011

DemocracyNow.org - For analysis on where the U.N. climate change talks stand, Democracy Now! talks with two people who have been closely tracking the role of the U.S. negotiating team over the past two weeks. Kate Horner is a policy analyst at Friends of the Earth and Michael Dorsey is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College. "In those briefings we've seen a startling lack of vision, a startling level of obstructionism, of defeatism," Dorsey says. "And I think one way we could summarize these meetings is that State Department diplomacy is about delay... What we've seen the U.S. try to force the world to do here, is to sort of throw out the baby that's called Kyoto -- which is an agreement that's legally binding -- and get the world to drink the dirty water, the bath water that's left behind."

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