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Obama's Copenhagen Speech: Saving Face, Not Planet

COPENHAGEN - Friends of the Earth U.S. President Erich Pica had the following response to President Obama's speech:

"President Obama’s rhetoric is empty. The U.S. has failed to
significantly improve upon the weak position it brought to these talks.

"This speech appears to be more of a face-saving exercise for
President Obama than an attempt to unite countries around a truly
planet-saving agreement.

"The United States came to these negotiations with a weak position,
and now appears to be attempting to take the rest of the world down to
our level. It simply must do better."


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