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Prompted by Andy Revkin's Bracket Time for Climate {Treaty} {Pact} posting on Dot Earth, Nancy joins the conversation about a new global climate agreement and the Waxman-Markey bill in Congress. Read Revkin's post and Nancy's comment.

Nancy's Comment:
Michael Levi writes, "The various targets proposed for developed countries are very hard to reconcile with Waxman-Markey, which is probably the outer limit of what's currently possible in the United States."

Please explain & expand.

While Paul Krugman's weighed in on behalf of Waxman-Markey, on the basis that this is the best that the American political system can do at this time, Levi appears to think that passing this bill will leave us so short of meaningful targets as to render a 450 ppm global goal absurd. If so, this is quite different than saying the perfect is the enemy of the good and now's the time to have that public discussion.