Obama To Accept Nobel Prize Attend Climate Talks

12.10.09 | FL News Team

President Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize this morning. Obama accepts the honor during a ceremony is Oslo, Norway not long after escalating the now eight-year-old war in Afghanistan. Critics have questioned how any President, much less a war-time leader, could be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize after only eleven 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.

 The day after collecting his prize, President Obama will attend the final day of the 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.