Ms. Christiana Figueres, chief secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, told a press conference in Doha that the 18th Conference of the States Parties will bring about “a complete economic transformation of the world.” Her idea of transformation is where all the wealthy nations of the world give the U.N. their money and they keep the majority of the wealth while doling out a mere pittance to the peasants.
The intention of these 18 annual vacations – er, serious negotiations to Save The Planet, er, to redistribute wealth – is what it always was: to create a treaty binding more than 190 nations to do as the U.N. Secretariat says. Democracy? What’s that? Todd Stern, the U.S. lead negotiator, was similarly upbeat that the “Durban Platform” would achieve a second Kyoto Protocol – a treaty that all the nations of the world would ratify by 2015.
This new proposed treaty, by the way, will contain all the redistributive policies of the old treaty but with a new twist – a “Loss & Damage Mechanism” in its final text requiring developed countries like the U.S. to pay poor nations for climate damages supposedly resulting from extreme weather events.
A camel, as Winston Churchill used to say, is an animal designed by committee. The climate scare, like a camel, is an animal designed by the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And, at the Doha conference center, the climate camels were lumbering uncomfortably in all directions and going no where.
It’s finally over and despite the dismal failure to reach any agreement on a new treaty, COP 18 president Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah put on his happy face and called it an “historical agreement.” The “historical agreement” – an extension of the emissions-limiting Kyoto Protocol which was due to expire.
Canada, Russia and Japan – where the protocol was signed 15 years ago – all abandoned the agreement. The United States never ratified it in the first place, and it excludes developing countries where emissions are growing most quickly. Delegates flew home from Doha without securing a single new pledge to cut pollution from a major emitter according to Reuters.
The only real winners here were the bureaucrats in the diplomacy industry for whom endless rounds of carbon spewing conferences with no agreement year after year mean jobs, jobs, jobs. The inexorable decline of the climate movement from its Pickett’s Charge at the Copenhagen summit continues. “These people and these methods couldn’t make a ham sandwich, much less save Planet Earth,” said Russell Mead, The American Interest.
Of course not having a new binding treaty agreement will not stop the United Nation’s focus on continuing the scam, nor will it stop Obama from wasting U.S. tax dollars on supposed “green” energy.
In spite of the fact that average planetary temperatures have not risen in 16 years, even as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have crept upward to 0.0391 percent (391 parts per million, the nuts keep plowing.
While global-warming alarmists continue to say 2010 or, in the United States, 2012 was “the hottest on record,” actual data show that the difference between those and other allegedly “hottest years” is only a few hundredths of a degree.
The 1930s still hold the record for the steamiest years in American history. NASA has conceded that Arctic sea-ice reductions during 2012 were caused mostly by enormous, long-lasting storms that broke up huge sections of the polar ice cap. Meanwhile, Antarctic sea ice continues to expand, setting new records. The rate of sea-level rise has not been accelerating and actually may be decreasing, according to recent studies.
Even with Hurricane Sandy, November 2012 marks the quietest long-term hurricane period since the Civil War, with only one major hurricane strike on the U.S. mainland in seven years. Large tornadoes also have fallen in frequency since the 1950s, and the 2012 season was the most peaceful on record. Only 12 tornadoes touched down in the United States in July 2012, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shattering the July 1960 record low of 42.
Facts are Facts: Climate change is natural, normal, cyclical, frequent, unpredictable and sometimes catastrophic. The peasants simply refer to it as “the weather.”
There simply is too much money and power at stake for the UN to give up. Tens of billions of dollars are transferred annually from taxpayers and energy users to eco-activists, scientists who hype climate disasters, regulators, carbon tax “investors” and renewable-energy and carbon-capture subsidy-seekers. They have every incentive to promote climate scares and attack anyone who voices skepticism about carbon-dioxide-driven climate-change catastrophes.
The real danger to the world is not climate change. The real danger is treaties, laws, regulations and taxes imposed in the name of preventing global-warming catastrophes that exist only in greedy little minds of the power thugs, computer models, horror movies and environmentalist press releases.
These political schemes will exacerbate and perpetuate poverty, disease, unemployment and economic stagnation. That is neither just, nor sustainable.