Keeping the Focus on Bali

Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be over, November will be over, and we’ll be counting down the days to the post-Kyoto negotiations in Bali, as part of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Never has there been so much pressure (with reason) on the U.S. as an international actor to lead in this fight. IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri has articulated the deadline:

If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.

Consequently, the expectations for what happens in Bali are growing at the speed of light.

And yet the Bush Administration is still not likely to budge. I feel like I’m watching a losing quarterback kneel with the football in the final minute of a game, rather than give winning a shot. Really, is this Administration’s choice failure?


At least on our end, we can’t let the holidays allow us to lose sight of Bali, which at the very least is an in-person gathering of political leaders and concerned groups from around the globe. After all, US action so far has been in those non-governmental hands.