(Editor’s Note: This file presents news and information from the Copenhagen climate change conference on Dec. 11, distilled from news outlet reports. Check for updates during the day.)
: What the Los Angeles Times described as a "flurry" of draft proposals flooded the conference today, bringing fresh impetus. Meanwhile, The Times of London portends that two agreements will come out of the conference because the major countries can’t agree on key issues.
: The official draft climate plan has just been released in Copenhagen – and it’s a doozy. The goals it sets for getting major countries to limit carbon emissions and to pay off developing countries are much more than what President Obama is pledging. This should generate a lot of developments during the day. : The chief U.S. negotiator ispooh-poohing the official draft plan because it is too lenient on China and India.
China verbally attacked the U.S. chief climate negotiator today in Copenhagen for being "irresponsible" in saying that China should not get climate financing from the U.S. It’s all about his assertion that the U.S. owes nothing to the world for past greenhouse gas emissions.
The latest version of a Senate climate change bill calls for 17 percent cuts in carbon emissions by 2020 – matching what President Obama is proposing at Copenhagen. It also includes nuclear power plants and increased offshore oil and gas drilling.