Obama Heads Overseas To Accept Nobel Prize Attend Climate Talks

12.09.09 | FL News Team

President Obama heads overseas tonight to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. The ceremony in Oslo, Norway is slated for tomorrow morning. Obama accepts the honor only days after escalating the eight-year war in Afghanistan. Critics have questioned how a President could be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize after only 11 months in office. In announcing the honor, the Nobel Committee applauded Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." The panel also noted Obama's push for nuclear disarmament and for reaching out to the Muslim world.

 Friday, the President will attend a global climate change summit in Copenhagen. A White House statement says Obama is eager to "work with the international community to drive progress toward a comprehensive and operational" global accord on climate change. Obama is pushing the U.S. Congress to pass aggressive legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Some Republican critics argue that the politics of climate change are fueled by flawed science. They insist that Democratic proposals to address climate change will boost taxes and kill jobs.