Hot off the Griddle: December 12

Good morning, and welcome back to the Griddle, a menu of fortified items for the busy person's media diet. The most influential U.S. policy statement on climate change didn't come last week during the UN climate negotiations in Durban. It wasn't even in December 1997, when Vice President Al Gore signed the Kyoto Protocol to limit heat-trapping gas emissions, which the White House never submitted for ratification. It happened several months before that, when U.S. Senators Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) led a 95-0 vote against any climate agreement that would "result in serious harm to the economy" and not include commitments from developing nations. Bloomberg News' team in Durban saw this weekend's agreement in the historical context of the "Byrd-Hagel Resolution," and concluded on Sunday, "The U.S., long accused of blocking progress in international climate talks, is winning a two-decade old debate about how to curtail global warming." China's and India's first-ever pledges to work toward binding emissions reductions is major step toward answering the 1997 Senate resolution.

And now the news:

Obama Winning Climate Debate as China Listens (Bloomberg)
A Deal in Durban (Economist)
Kraft Leads Push for 97,000-Pound Trucks (Bloomberg)
Durban Climate Deal: The Verdict (Guardian)
Wyoming's Tainted Water Puts Pressure on EPA to Act on Fracking (Bloomberg)
Climate Deal Doesn't Make Things Worse -- or Better (AP)
Acidic Oceans Threaten Fish (Nature)
The Dirtiest of the Dirty Power Plants (DailyGreen)
CBI Challenges Osborne's View of Green Policy 'Burden' (BusinessGreen)
Lead From Old U.S. Batteries Sent to Mexico Raises Risks (NY Times)
Could the Desert Sun Power the World (Guardian)

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