Obama brings new hope for climate talks

Hardly a day had passed after the election of Barack Obama before the work began on tempering expectations, lest anyone expect the waters of recession and war to part before Obama’s raised hand as he takes the oath of office.

The situation is similar for climate policy: the opportunity for change exists, but a realistic assessment is needed.

The president-elect will be joined in Washington by a larger Democratic majority in the house and senate, and some strong climate policy supporters will gain positions of prominence, such as the vice presidency. This bodes well.

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