December 16, 2009

Copenhagen

I understand kleptocracy:

In theory, the money is supposed to help poor countries pay for their transition to a carbon-neutral future. But the developed world has been pouring trillions of dollars into development aid in various forms for decades, with little to show for it. The reasons are well-known: Corruption, political oppression, government control of the economy and the absence of rule of law combine to keep poor countries poor. And those factors also ensure that most aid is squandered or skimmed off the top. Recasting foreign aid as "climate mitigation" won't change any of that.

Still, Copenhagen's fixation on who pays for these huge wealth transfers is instructive because it lays bare the myth that greening the global economy is a cost-free exercise. The G-77 scoffed at a European offer of 7.2 billion ($10 billion) over three years. Instead, the Sudanese chairman of the group, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, suggested in an interview with Mother Jones magazine that something on the order of a trillion dollars, or more, would be appropriate.


But I don't understand environmental protesters:
BBC video showed truncheon-bearing Danish police shoving the crowd backward as protesters gasped and covered their faces to avoid breathing tear gas.

Now if the Heritage Foundation, Wall Street Journal, CEI, Exxon, and ThreeSourcers were braving the Danish Truncheons I could dig it. But what do the enviros get from disturbing the global warming conference?

Environment Posted by John Kranz at December 16, 2009 12:39 PM

jk: since when do they need a reason? Reason implies logic. Logic implies rational persons.

QED.

Posted by: Keith at December 16, 2009 2:12 PM

The ex-communists who run the UN and it's subordinate organizations like the IPCC just aren't "Progressive" enough for this lot of "environmental" protestors. They were calling for the Copenhagen Summit to be turned into a "Peoples Assembly" long a goal of World Government advocates.

The "environmental activists" at Copenhagen appear to be from the People's Movement on Climate Change. Here is the 5-point plan that the PMCC calls the "Peoples' Protocol on Climate Change:"

1. "...differentiated and equitable" global effort to "stabilize CO2 concentrations at 350ppm and hold global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius."

2. "...reparation of Southern countries and the poor by Northern states..."

3. Reject ... corporations from harming the environment, new and greater opportunities for profit, corporate control over natural resources and technologies.

4. "Struggle for ecologically sustainable, socially just, pro-people, and long-lasting solutions.

5. Strengthen the PMCC.

Any questions?

Posted by: johngalt at December 17, 2009 12:42 PM

No, Comrade. I got it.

Posted by: jk at December 17, 2009 1:39 PM

Let's sing along:
http://www.hymn.ru/internationale/index-en.html

The Internationale unites the human race!

Posted by: johngalt at December 17, 2009 2:43 PM | What do you think? [4]