Cancun Crap Out
As you may know, the parasitic bureaucrats and scheming NGO representatives that comprise the dying but still twitching climate change cabal are holding a fun filled, two week blow out in Cancun, Mexico. They have gathered to preach the gospel of global warming and attack those who would thwart their plans for remaking the world according to their own slanted social views. They are keeping a low profile, after the disastrous meeting they had in Copenhagen this past December. For many, the Cancun meeting is basically a time for AGW true believers to lick their wounds and lounge about in the sun with like minded fanatics. For others it is yet another roll of the dice, a gamble that something meaningful will come from the conference. Here are some of the highlights from the bungle on the beach.
The UN Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, is being held in the face of lowered expectations and a changing political climate. Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), provided some context for the meeting in his weekly commentary:
The 16th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change started in Cancun with few of the grandiose announcements that occurred at last year's COP in Copenhagen. The somber mood is reflected by decidedly more modest goals. The failure of cap and trade in the US and Canada, and the results of the US elections are no doubt influencing the festivities. Four Republican Senators sent the State Department a letter stating they oppose the transfer of US funds to other nations in accordance to the agreement reached in Copenhagen, but which is not a formal treaty. The impact of this letter may be significant.
Those thoughts were echoed in a piece by S. Fred Singer in American Thinker. After noting that this is the 16th meeting of the nearly two hundred national delegations, which have been convening annually since the Kyoto Protocol was negotiated in 1997, Dr. Singer recounted his expectations for the conference:
This conference promises to be another two-week extravaganza for some 20,000 delegates and hangers-on, who will be enjoying the sand, surf, and tequila-sours—mostly paid for by taxpayers from the U.S. and Western Europe. For most delegates, this annual vacation has become a lifetime career: it pays for their mortgages and their children's education. I suppose a few of them actually believe that they are saving the earth—even though the Kyoto Protocol (to limit emission of greenhouse [GH] gases, like CO2, but never submitted for ratification to the U.S. Senate) will be defunct in 2012 and there is—thankfully—no sign of any successor treaty.
Cancun means “pit of vipers” in the local Pre-Columbian language.
The tone of the Cancun conference itself was set by two events. The first was the confession by Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and IPCC Co-chair of Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change, that “climate policy is redistributing the world's wealth” and that “it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization.” As we have always said, climate change and the associated climate apocalypse industry is nothing but a smoke screen for far left, anti-western political activism.
Ixchel, moon goddess and patron saint of climate quacks.
The second event was the opening address by Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. She invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel in her opening statement to the delegates, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also “the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you—because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools.” Nothing could be more appropriate at a climate science conference than prayers offered to ancient deities.
Continuing with the dead civilizations theme, the TckTckTck climate awareness campaign erected a “Pyramid of Hope,” a miniature Mayan pyramid. Supposedly, the monument was to symbolize the many building blocks needed for a new climate agreement. Quite symbolic, considering that the Maya used to rip the hearts out of their vanquished foes on top of such pyramids—something many eco-fanatics would gladly do to their opponents.
In his opening speech, Mexican President and conference host Felipe Calderón cited last year's hurricane in Mexico, this year's floods in Pakistan and fires in Russia as examples of increasing incidences of natural disasters brought about by climate change and already affecting the poorest and most vulnerable. It has thus been conclusively proven that Mexican politicians are a abysmally ignorant of science as those in the US, EU and other developed nations.
Somehow the conference organizers slipped up and allowed Lord Christopher Monckton, renowned science and policy expert, to attend the conference. Set as a fox among the chickens, the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley has been blogging from the conference, giving those of us not allowed to attend a first hand view of the shenanigans. Here is a sample:
I am in the plenary session hall at the Moon Palace, where diligent readers of this humble blog will recall that Ms. Figurehead, the president of the UN climate conference here in Cancun, opened these quaint proceedings last week with a prayer to the Moon Goddess of the ancient dwellers in what is now Mexico.
The vast, characterless session hall is known – appropriately enough – as the Cenote hall. Those familiar with the Spanish dialects of the New World will recognize the appropriateness of this designation. For a cenote is a sinkhole. Cenotes are widespread in the Mexican jungle, beneath great limestone caps. They were regarded as sacred by the “first nations”, as the indigenous peoples are now coyly called, and archaeologists have had much fun diving beneath the waters in the cenotes to recover all manner of pre-Columbian artefacts and assorted archaeological knick-knacks.
It is in the Sinkhole Hall that the President of Mexico, Señor Felipe Calderon, has just announced to admiring gasps from 1000 gaping enviro-zombs that he is to launch a Grand Initiative To Smash Global Warming And Make It Go Away, So There. And what, you may ask with a trembling frisson of salivating anticipation, was the President’s Grand Initiative?
Wait for it … wait for it!
OK, I’ll tell you. El Presidente is – tell it not in Gash and Ashkelon – going to ban the use of proper light-bulbs throughout Mexico. Ban light-bulbs. Throughout Mexico. Really and truly. I kid you not. Gee wow golly gosh. [more here]
A UN conference in a sinkhole, how appropriate. Lord Christopher also managed to capture some of the inter-attendee schmoozing. Here he presents CFACT’s Kook of the Week (we think they got the idea from our own Crank of the Week awards). This gentleman was found at the conference offering free advice to anyone dumb enough to listen.
Talk about bureaucrats gone wild! Even if you are a green, you have to admit: that guy is a real kneebiter. Where do these pathetic twerps come from? I'd wager that he was picked on as a schoolboy—bullies no doubt stuffed snow down his pants on the playground. Remember, these are the self nominated experts who wish to tell us all how to live our lives and run our countries.
Ecological advocates not blessed enough to attend the actual conference are nonetheless blogging about it. The IEEE's own green geek, Bill Sweet, had this to say in his online column regarding coal and the conference:
Without too much oversimplification, the political struggle over climate policy can be reduced to a battle over the future of coal. The Cancun climate talks are going nowhere, because of a stalemate between the United States and China, which each account for about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. China gets about three-quarters of its electricity from coal, the United States close to half, and neither country is willing to confront its coal industry head-on.
Even Sweet, who can drift off into the climate change weeds on occasion, can clearly see that the Cancun conference is a monumental waste of time, money and fossil fuels. This site has addressed the downside of coal on numerous occasions and we strongly support replacing coal with nuclear as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has recently banned offshore drilling for the next 5 years, which will keep America's coal plants online and burning even more of the dirty black stuff. Environmental groups cheered the decision while oil prices rose to $90 per barrel.
On the lighter side, it has been reported that the “Gore effect” struck the Climate Conference 3 days in a row. Roy Spencer, who is in Cancun representing climate skepticism on behalf of CFACT, writes on his blog:
Today’s my first full day in Cancun at COP-16, and as I emerged from my hotel room I was greeted by a brisk, dry, cool Canadian breeze.
It was 54 deg. F in Cancun this morning — a record low for the date. (BTW, Cancun is nowhere near Canada).Al Gore is not supposed to be here…but it could be that the Gore Effect has announced his secret arrival. We will check into this.
At least the weather sucked, hopefully further dampening the attendees' spirits. Dr. Spencer also took some pictures of the goings on including this one. It was posted with the comment: “Does this photo say something about the future of wind power in Europe?”
Finally, we have this from Christopher Booker writing for The Telegraph:
If, last week, frozen behind a snowdrift, you heard a faint hysterical squeaking, it might well have been the sound of those 20,000 delegates holed up behind a wall of armed security guards in the sun-drenched Mexican holiday resort of Cancun, telling each other that the world is more threatened by runaway global warming than ever. Between their tequilas and lavish meals paid for by the world’s taxpayers, they heard how, by 2060, global temperatures will have risen by 4 degrees Celsius; how the Maldives and Tuvalu are sinking below the waves faster than ever; how the survival of salmon is threatened by CO2-induced acidification of the oceans; how the UN must ban incandescent light bulbs throughout the world.
“Scientists”, we were told, are calling for everyone to be issued with a “carbon ration card”, to halt all Western economic growth for 20 years.
Meanwhile, Dr Rajendra Pachauri was telling us that we must spend hundreds of billions on covering the world’s oceans with iron filings, on building giant mirrors out in space and on painting all the world’s roofs white to keep out the heat from the sun.
The best the eco-fascists can do is blather on about carbon rationing and geoengineering schemes more dangerous than climate change ever will be. Even the Wikileaks flap entered into the proceedings. The Hindustan Times reported that Todd Stern, the top US climate negotiator, accused nations vulnerable to climate change of first asking for money and then accusing the US of bribery. This comment came only days after Wikileaks revealed that the US cajoled poor nations to endorse the controversial Copenhagen Accord by threatening to strip them of climate change funds.
And so the Cancun Conference closes, not with a bang but a whimper. No new agreements—in fact, at the beginning of the conference Japan repudiated the Kyoto protocol. The brief statement made by Jun Arima, an official in the government's economics trade and industry department, was the strongest yet made against the 1997 agreement. “Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances,” Arima said.
There is little doubt that this conference has been an even bigger a failure than Copenhagen. Once again, the world's collected climate change fanatics threw the dice and lost. In gambling parlance, Cancun crapped out. No progress to show and embarrassment all around—I love it when a plan falls apart.
Be safe, enjoy the interglacial and stay skeptical.