President Obama Says ‘Time Running Out’ on Copenhagen


President Barack Obama told delegates at the United Nations climate change talks that he came to Copenhagen “not to talk, but to act.” He said it is time for “the nations of the world to come together behind a common purpose.”

“While the science of climate change is not in doubt, I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt right now, and it hangs in the balance,” Obama said at the summit earlier today.

Unchecked, he said, climate change would pose “unacceptable risks” to international security, the world economy and the planet. He said time is running out and “we are ready to get this done today but there has to be movement on all sides.”

The president said the U.S. is prepared to walk away from the talks empty handed, rather than accept a “hollow victory” in which developing nations refuse to allow their own emissions controls to be monitored.

“These discussions have taken place for two decades, and we have very little to show for it other than an increase and acceleration in the climate change phenomenon,” Obama said.

The text of the entire speech can be found here.

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