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How Obama learned from 'a mess' of a climate deal to forge a new agreement in Paris

How Obama learned from 'a mess' of a climate deal to forge a new agreement in Paris

Hoping to salvage a faltering international climate deal, President Obama’s team roamed the halls of a Copenhagen convention center in 2009 “hunting for the Chinese,” as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently put it.

Securing a commitment – any commitment – from China, the world’s leading emitter of carbon gas, would be key to the face-saving, if disappointing, agreement that emerged.

“A mess,” deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes bluntly labeled the Copenhagen summit.

There were no search parties necessary in France on Monday as Obama opened a similarly crucial United Nations summit on climate change...

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