Tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to get in.Photo: Australian Science Media CenterCOPENHAGEN--What requires more stamina? Childbirth or standing outside COP15's Bella Center for five solid hours in sub-freezing weather in a line of hundreds trying to pick up badges to enter? They're both ravaging, but at least childbirth has a payoff. On my first day in Copenhagen, after a sleepless red eye, I and thousands of others -- including delegates, business leaders, and other accredited journalists -- were prevented from entering the conference center because the event has been way overbooked. Word is that more than 45,000 people have registered …
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Amanda Little, Grist's former Muckraker columnist, is author of Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair with Energy. She teaches investigative journalism at Vanderbilt University and her articles on energy and the environment have appeared in publications including Vanity Fair and The New York Times Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter: @littletrip.