COP15 Proletariats
Dec18

COP15 Proletariats

Posted on behalf of Anthony Berger, a student at the University of Iowa: Stepping off the metro into the brisk Copenhagen air, seeing the Bella Center’s wind turbine circling ominously in the distance, and the sensing the invigorated buzz of conference participants mentally-preparing for the second week of COP15 to commence, I optimistically descended the steps from the metro platform. After gazing excitedly at the facade of the...

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Hillary Hits a Double — Obama to Bat Clean-Up
Dec17

Hillary Hits a Double — Obama to Bat Clean-Up

Hillary Clinton was a big hit today before a packed crowd of 300 news reporters in the main press hall at the COP15 Climate meeting. She was confident, convincing, and straight-forward while making two points crystal clear: 1) For the first time, she committed the U.S. to do its part towards an ambitious target of international assistance, ramping up to $100 billion per year by 2020, designated for the “poorest and most...

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Stealing The Spotlight
Dec17

Stealing The Spotlight

Posted on behalf of Abbie Gruwell, a political science major at the University of Iowa: If you pay attention to the major news sources, the compelling stories out of Copenhagen today would appear to be the massive demonstrations and angry NGO’s. Today the Danish police reached for new tactics to hold back the protesters outside the Bella Centre, not stopping short of tear gas and baton beatings. Of course, these are the images...

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Kerry Remains Optimistic (For Next Year)
Dec17

Kerry Remains Optimistic (For Next Year)

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke yesterday at the COP15 Climate meeting in Copenhagen and was optimistic that progress has been made both in the U.S. and in climate negotiations underway here. He said that the next 12-24 hours will be crucial and that “success in Copenhagen is really critical to the success next year in the U.S. Senate.” Kerry is co-author with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on the climate bill pending...

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"Prove Us Wrong, Or Stand Down"
Dec16

"Prove Us Wrong, Or Stand Down"

Posted on behalf of Abbie Gruwell, a political science major at the University of Iowa: The atmosphere inside the Bella Centre today is palpably tense. Entrance restrictions continued and security is getting increasingly tighter. We arrived at 7:00 this morning to guards, protesters, and a series of blockades that we were herded through like cattle. Many NGO’s were not admitted and several groups have been stripped of their...

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