‘Huge’ Carbon Footprint Expected at Copenhagen Conference

Dec. 7: Delegates sit at the opening of the conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark (Reuters)

Nearly 17,000 delegates, activists, reporters and others with interest in climate change will descend on Copenhagen, Denmark, Monday for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The United Nations estimates that the 12-day conference will create 40,584 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, roughly the same amount as the carbon emissions of Morocco in 2006.

The greenhouse gases will be generated by international travel and local emissions from hotels and transportation venues. Organizers will lay more than 500 miles of computer cable and 50,000 square miles of carpet, in addition to serving 200,000 meals and 200,000 cups of coffee.

President Barack Obama will travel to the Danish capital on Dec. 9 to offer his goal of cutting emissions 17 percent by 2020, in line with a bill passed by the House in June and slightly less than a 20 percent decrease proposed in the Senate.

An American Farm Bureau Federation staff member will attend the conference in Copenhagen.

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