"Obama willing to attend Copenhagen climate talks"
AT HOME IN MY BASEMENT WEARING SWEATS SINCE MY DAUGHTER WOKE UP EARLY, Oct 5 (ClimateProgress) — Reuters reported this interesting piece of news Friday:
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama would consider attending climate talks in Copenhagen in December if heads of state were invited, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on Friday.
“Right now you’ve got a meeting that’s set up for a level not at the head of state,” Gibbs said on Air Force One as Obama traveled home from a brief trip to Copenhagen. “If it got switched, we would certainly look at coming.” (Reporting by Jeff Mason)
Okay, sure, I’m never going to get the dateline Jeff Mason’s story had — but then he’s not going to get the one I had!
Anyway, I don’t think it would be much trouble to extend an invitation to heads of state. After all, VP Gore went to Kyoto in 1997. And then there is that other overseas trip the President made last week (see “If Obama is going to Copenhagen to push Chicago’s Olympic bid this week, he has to go in December to push a climate deal, yes?“)
So he should go, and I think there is a good chance he will.
UPDATE: Please note this was a comment by Gibbs, who probably doesn’t follow this issue very closely.