A group of climate change deniers at the UN Climate Change Conference Cop-17 at Durban, South Africa, praised the Obama administration’s refusal to support an extension of the Kyoto Protocol or an agreement on binding emissions cuts, reports Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! “They [the Obama administration] have kept the exact same principles and negotiating stance as President George Bush did for eight years,” said Marc Morano, publisher of the Climate Depot. “Obama has carried on Bush’s legacy. So, as skeptics, we tip our hat to President Obama in helping crush and continue to defeat the United Nations process. Obama has been a great friend of global warming skeptics at these conferences.” President Obama lacks the backing of the US Congress to make substantial proposals on cutting carbon emissions. Congressional Republicans have blocked effective action on climate change, which would create a substantial number of new jobs in the US. This can change in the 2012 Congressional elections only if voters elect those who will legislate to cut fossil fuel emissions, transition to clean renewable energy, and support bold action by the president, mostly opposed by Republicans.