Multiple networks are reporting that President Obama has reached some kind of agreement with China and India at the Copenhagen climate talks.
From MSNBC’s website: “BREAKING NEWS: U.S., China, India reportedly reach ‘meaningful agreement’ at climate summit”
Obama has been in heads of state meetings all day and stayed at the talks longer than initially planned. He is slated to give a press conference soon.
The big question is how specific any possible accord is and how much it leaves to be settled another time.
UPDATE: The Associated Press quotes a senior administration official saying the U.S., China, India and South Africa have reached a "meaningful agreement."
"The official characterized the deal as a first step, but said it was not enough to combat the threat of a warming planet," the AP account states.
UPDATE II: A New York Times story quotes an Obama administration official saying this:
“It’s not sufficient to combat the threat of climate change, but it’s an important first step,” the official said. “No country is entirely satisfied with each element, but this is a meaningful and historic step forward and a foundation from which to make progress.”
“Developed and developing countries have now agreed to listing their national actions and commitments, a finance mechanism, to set a mitigation target of two degrees celsius, and to provide information on the implementation of their actions through national communications, with provisions for international consultations and analysis under clearly defined guidelines."
This post was updated at 4:26 p.m.