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The Hindu newspaper called it an "important beginning" but noted that it contained few specific figures, commitments or timelines. The Hindustan Times felt that "without a legally binding document, the summit turned into a damp squib". The Mail Today concluded that "something is better than nothing", even if trying to get so many countries to agree on anything would strike many as "an exercise in futility".
Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, said the summit had achieved "quite modest" results. His aides, however, blasted the two-week UN conference as "one of the most poorly organised top-level events ever". Greenpeace Russia dismissed it as "ignominious" and "futile".
Angela Merkel's commitment to the environment once earned her the media moniker of "climate chancellor". But her return from Copenhagen has met with accusations that she betrayed her principles. "She made minimal offers which turned out to be a flop. She did not put Germany on the frontline," said Claudia Roth, head of the Green party, labelling the talks a "tragedy". Merkel, while owning up to "mixed feelings", told Bild am Sonntag that Copenhagen had been "a first step towards a new world climate order. No more, but also no less," she said. However, her measured optimism was drowned out. "The world was watching Copenhagen. The world has been sorely disappointed," said Hubert Weiger, head of Germany's association for environment and nature protection, Bund.
Sigmar Gabriel, former environment minister and chairman of the opposition SPD party, described the summit as a "catastrophe. The way state and government heads have put at risk the future of their own children and grandchildren is a disgrace."
The death of the UN: good riddance
Future historians will see the just ended Copenhagen summit as the death knell of the United Nations. All I can say is good riddance. The UN has never represented the people of the planet. It was a place where the vast majority of countries could make speeches but all the real decisions were made behind closed doors by a tiny in-bred elite. The UN presided over genocide, war and the deliberate spreading of disease. It will soon run out of money, be dissolved and replaced by an entirely new organization that truly represents the people of the planet earth. Sayonara UN.
Originally posted by Thumb
The president can not (or isnt suppose too) give out cash on his own accord, only congress is able to do that.
commitment to the environment