07 Dec '11, 5pm

On Climate Change, a Gloat and a Warning

DURBAN, South Africa — If anyone at the United Nations climate change conference here wondered why the United States is unwilling or unable to take decisive action on the warming of the planet, they could tune in to the Web site of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday morning. The committee’s Democratic chairman, Senator Barbara Boxer of California, and its top Republican, Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, laid out in the starkest terms the gulf dividing the two parties on climate change. Neither lawmaker flew the 8,400 miles to South Africa to attend. In fact, no member of Congress is here, nor is any member of President Obama’s cabinet. In fact, few heads of state are here, befitting the modest ambitions most hold for this 17th meeting of the signatories of the United Nations climate change treaty. Ms. Boxer urged the delegates to take strong ac...

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