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Pulled from Grist email today:

‘Tis the Season to Be Bali
High drama leads to compromise at international climate meeting

After days of bitter fighting and an overtime stretch filled with twists, turns, and tears, world leaders on Saturday agreed on a broad plan for developing a new global climate treaty by 2009. The “Bali roadmap” calls for measurable and verifiable steps by developing nations as well as industrialized ones, and calls for developing nations to get credit for protecting their tropical forests. The European Union had pushed for industrialized countries to commit to cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions of 25 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, but the U.S., Canada, and Japan balked, so the final text just says that “deep cuts” in emissions are needed. The U.S. also announced that it could not support language committing rich nations to provide technological help to poorer ones; that move elicited boos, hisses, and an impassioned plea from a Papua New Guinea representative to the U.S.: “If you’re not willing to lead, then get out of the way.” Believe it or not, the U.S. then did get out of the way, changing its position and saying it would support the agreement. Still, just hours after the deal was finalized, the White House expressed “serious concerns” about it. Wouldn’t want to get a reputation for being cooperative.

sources: The Washington Post, BBC, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Telegraph, Reuters, Reuters
new in Gristmill: Professor Andrew Light laments the unnecessary line in the sand the U.S. has drawn in Bali