Two legislators return from Copenhagen summit with positive thoughts

The two Minnesota House members who attended the recent climate change summit in Copenhagen are back home and report that they consider the conference a good start.

Politics in Minnesota notes that while some staunch environmentalists were disappointed with the meager progress at the summit, state Reps. Jeremy Kalin and Kate Knuth see a bright side through the hazy carbon-emissions-filled air.

“I think politically it’s turning the ship in a really positive way,” Knuth told reporters at the Capitol. “From a scientific perspective, there’s a lot more we need to do.”

Said Kalin: “For a long time we’ve heard the argument that the United States and Minnesota shouldn’t act without the developing countries of China and India at the table. Well, we have an agreement.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 12/27/2009 - 08:30 am.

    In addition to the scientific uncertainties (not about the fact of climate change, but about the impact of different policy responses), dealing with man-made climate change is a classic collective action problem. All countries would like to avoid the consequences of atmospheric warming, but they would also like someone else to pay the costs of addressing it.

  2. Submitted by david granneman on 12/28/2009 - 01:23 pm.

    hello all
    good news – there is no man made global warming – the earth has been cooling for the past decade.


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