David Doniger, of NRDC, has posted his assessment of the Copenhagen Accord. It’s more positive than a lot of what we heard right after the conference ended. His conclusion:
So give up the sour and grudging reviews. The Copenhagen Accord is a significant breakthrough that signals a new era of effective cooperation between all major emitters, and opens the door to finally enacting U.S. climate and energy legislation next year.
Doniger started work with NRDC thirty years ago and was also Bill Clinton’s director of climate policy. So his views carry some weight. There’s no doubt that Copenhagen was a disappointment in some ways, but it was also the first time that the major heads of state personally committed to action on climate change. That has to mean something.