The latest news from Denmark has the conference deadlocked with each of the major groups entrenched in their own position. The US is talking about a reduction in greenhouse gases that the EU, environmental groups and the developing world is saying is not enough. China and India are trying to get everyone else to agree to cuts, but won’t be party to any sort of verification themselves and the Third World is simply complaining that the money isn’t enough.
It is time to consign this conference to the scrap heap. It is broken and any sort of agreement that comes out of it will be fatally flawed. My main fear is that in order to reach an agreement, any agreement will do. The pressure to “save the planet” has reached a fever pitch and rather than going “time out” it will be like a union negotiation taken to the very last minute with one party folding.
I predict that there will be some form of document produced like a rabbit out of a hat at the last minute, and that a variety of politicians will be lining up to take credit for saving the day, elbowing each other to stand centre stage. In his speech, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged the summit to “summon up the greatest level of ambition”.
“The success of our endeavours depends on us forging a new alliance,” he told delegates.
He added: “In these few days in Copenhagen which will be blessed or blamed for generations to come, we cannot permit the politics of narrow self-interest to prevent a policy for human survival.”
That sort of rhetoric is aimed at a domestic audience that are about to kick him to the curb, and he is hoping the new religion of AGW will save his skin, irrespective of the cost. If you find that comforting, then I have land in Florida that you can purchase. Hey, if you believe all of this AGW propaganda, then sometime in the next 6 months it will have dried out, and you will have prime real estate. Personally I think that it will remain swamp and that the gators will still consider you a tasty morsel.
Oh yes – I’m also sick of hearing Canada demonized as the villain of the piece. In the larger scheme of things Canada is a very small contributor to AGW, despite the BS being spouted by Gore et al. Our economy is tied very closely to the US, and we must be harmonized with their position. As a citizen, I do not want to see my countries economy flushed down the drain by junk science, and neither should any country that relies upon us buying their exports such as China and India. The reason that these countries are becoming economic powerhouses is because people buy their products. Well that only continues while your customers are in a position to purchase.
This conference is a three ring circus at best and economic lunacy at worst, and its time to ship all of the attendees back off into their limos and jets.