The timetable to reach a global deal to tackle "climate change" lay in tatters on Wednesday after the United Nations waived the first deadline of the process laid out at last month’s fractious Copenhagen summit.
Nations agreed then to declare their emissions reduction targets by the end of this month. Developed countries would state their intended cuts by 2020: developing countries would outline how they would curb emissions growth.
The result of Tuesday’s Massachusetts senatorial election is likely to push "climate change" legislation further down the US agenda. It was the latest in a series of setbacks that have caused efforts to push a cap-and-trade bill through the Senate to grind to a halt, making it harder for the White House to participate meaningfully in global climate negotiations. Instead, the administration has been pressing ahead with steps to limit the US’s carbon emissions through EPA regulation.