An article by Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian deals with climate change and the Copenhagen conference. Link here:
This summarizes the article:
“One year on, the world still looks to the US and holds its breath. The fate of a global climate treaty rests in American hands”
I would add that the totally irresponsible attitude particularly of the Nationals in Australia fits well in. Nationals = Republicans?
The worst aspect, a rich country expects the poorest to pay. After all, it is well established that most of the burdens will have to be paid by the underdeveloped world in southern Africa and Asia. So, why bother?