On 14 October 2009, Lord Christopher Monckton gave a presentation in St. Paul, MN on the subject of global warming. In this 4-minute excerpt from his speech, he issues a dire warning to all Americans regarding the United Nations Climate Change Treaty that was scheduled to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009.
The conference was ultimately unsuccessful in reaching an agreement on a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol. The Copenhagen Accord, a minimalist framework agreement brokered by Barack Obama and the U.S. delegation, also failed to win consensus support.
In the aftermath of the failure of the COP15 conference, a range of factors have been identified for why it failed to reach a legal agreement. These include:
- the opposition to a legally binding deal by several key governments;
- the constraints imposed by the U.S. political system imposes limits on what can be agreed to by the U.S. President;
- mismanagement of the negotiations by the Danish government, which hosted the conference;
- the role of the European Union in wanting a legally binding agreement and then supporting Obama’s Copenhagen Accord.