They were deadlocked in Copenhagen until President Barack Obama showed up and cut a deal with China and several other emerging powers.
“The five-nation agreement includes a method for verifying reductions of heat-trapping gases — a key demand by Washington, because China has resisted international efforts to monitor its actions. The agreement, which also includes India, South Africa and, requires to list their individual targets and developing countries to list the actions they will take to cut by specific amounts. Obama called that an “unprecedented breakthrough.” -AP
The NY Times reports the deal falls short of satisfying all the parties involved- “No country is entirely satisfied with each element,” the administration’s statement said, “but this is a meaningful and historic step forward and a foundation from which to make further progress.”