Two stories from the Guardian that put the urgency of U.S. Cap and Trade bill into focus. Sometimes a little perspective from across the pond can help us put our money where our mouth is.

China leads accusation that rich nations are trying to sabotage climate treaty: Angry statement from 131 countries at climate talks in Bangkok claims rich nations are rejecting historical responsibilities
By John Vidal, environment editor in Bangkok
The Guardian, 5 October 2009

The G77 plus China group is incensed that rich countries appear to be seeking to establish a new agreement that would force developing countries to cut emissions, but allow rich countries to do little.

US climate bill not likely this year, says Obama adviser
Carol Browner’s bleak view deepens concerns negotiations will fail to produce meaningful agreement in Copenhagen

By Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
The Guardian, 4 October 2009

The White House has said for the first time that it does not expect to see a climate change bill this year, removing one of the key elements for reaching an international agreement to avoid catastrophic global warming.