Greenpeace Reaction to Obama Copenhagen Speech

Media release - December 18, 2009
Commenting on President Obama’s speech to the Copenhagen climate summit, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, Phil Radford, said: “The world was waiting for the spirit of yes we can, but all we got was my way or the highway.

“President Obama can still save Copenhagen by doing what he called on other leaders to do and give some ground by increasing his commitment to cut global warming pollution. But as it is he crossed an ocean to tell the world he has nothing new to offer, then he said take it or leave it.

"By offering no movement on US global warming pollution cuts he showed his disregard for the science and the victims of climate change in the United States and abroad. He now risks being branded as the man who killed Copenhagen.

“He said all parties must move, but he offered no movement. He said the decades long split between the rich world and poor needs to end, but his vision of a deal here would give us a 3 degree Celsius temperature rise that  will devastate Africa and the small island states.”
 

 

Other contacts: Contacts: Phil Radford (in Copenhagen) +4552655646 Greenpeace Inside the Bella Centre Mike Crocker, Greenpeace USA +1 202 215 8989 Cindy Baxter, Greenpeace International communications, +45 526 556 22, +31 646 197 332 Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace International head of climate policy: +45 52 65 55 80 or +49 171 878 0817 Ailun Yang, Greenpeace China: +45 50 11 06 41