Obama Says Disappointment Over Climate Change Summit Is ‘Justified’

By MichaelJames

Dec 23, 2009 6:33pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

President Obama said that people are “justified” in being disappointed at the outcome of last week's climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, and admitted that the non-binding agreements didn’t “move us the way we needed.”

“I think that people are justified in being disappointed about the outcome in Copenhagen,” the president said today during an interview with PBS’s Jim Lehrer, “What I said was essentially that rather than see a complete collapse in Copenhagen in which nothing at all got done and would have been a huge backward step, at least we kind of held ground and there wasn’t too much backsliding from where we were.  It didn’t move us the way we need to.”

President Obama traveled to Copenhagen last week – and afterwards touted that they had made a “major breakthrough,” while still falling short of reaching a legally binding agreement with transparency.

The president was unable to get leaders to commit to a deadline of 2010 for a legally binding international climate change treaty. Instead, the leaders agreed on a non-legally binding agreement in which all signatories agreed to slow global warming and would commit to publically list the actions they take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, the president said that the progress made in Copenhagen was “important” in order to show that all countries have a part on solving the problem, but added,  “I make no claims, and didn’t make any claims going in, that somehow that was going to be everything that we needed to do to solve climate change.”

-Sunlen Miller

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