International Climate Conferences

The United Nations promotes a series of annual climate conferences, which are held in the summer of course, to scare the world into believing in the global warming hoax.  The conferences are not about controlling pollution or global warming — they are all about controlling the world's economy and exerting the power of the U.N. by redistributing money from productive countries to unproductive ones, under the guise of "climate reparations" and "saving the earth."  To accomplish this, they would have us assume that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, which it isn't; that industrial growth is a bad thing, which it isn't; and that global warming is caused by industrial activity, which it isn't.

In every case, the press had nothing negative to say about the ideas being tossed around at these meetings, or the tons of fossil fuels that were burned to transport the delegates, or anything about the extravagant feasts enjoyed by the VIP's.  In general, it is the poorest countries in the world that are the worst polluters, and they pollute the environment with chemicals that are genuinely harmful, not just innocuous CO2.


Rio Earth Summit, 1992
The UN Earth Summit of 2002
U.N. Climate Conference in Bali, 2007
The Copenhagen Climate Conference of 2009
The Cancun Climate Conference of 2010
UN Climate Summit in Durban, 2011
The Rio+20 Conference of 2012
The Climate Change Conference in Qatar, 2012

Annual UN climate summits in general:

Another Year, Another Useless UN Climate Summit.  [Scroll down]  Earnest, expensive talk that has been going on for almost 20 years and STILL the UN has nothing to show for it except the tab for tens of thousands of people piling into jets and spewing a carbon trail into the atmosphere just so they can meet and decide to disagree on everything but the fact that have to do it all again in a year's time.  The worst part being, it is all funded by us.  The UN has no means to create wealth to fund its own operations.  It is totally reliant on donations from member countries.

The Copenhagen Climate Conference of 2009

A new religion complete with evangelists, tithes, indulgences and superstitions.  [Scroll down]  Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said before the Copenhagen summit in 2009 that we have "50 days to save the world".  Copenhagen was of course a complete flop and yet we are all still here, although his government is no longer with us.  Similar predictions of impending doom have come and gone.  Then we have the language used by the warmists themselves.  For years the public was warned of the dangers of "global warming" and indeed such warnings were easy to believe as year after year the weather kept getting warmer.  However since 1998 temperatures have been falling and the seasons have been getting noticeably colder in the Northern hemisphere.

Ice Cores Show No Significant Warming.  As we enter a week of theatre from Copenhagen, it is good for everyone to become familiar with the hypothesis of man-made global warming as it compares to natural global warming.  Man-made global warming seems to be the product of well crafted statistics, which have never been fully vetted.  But natural climate change, on the other hand, has been around since time began on planet Earth.

Beware The Climate Change Alarmists.  In the next few weeks we'll be relentlessly scrubbed with eyewash, brainwash and hogwash, all designed to cleanse us of any doubts that global warming is a proven menace to mother Earth.  First, there's the Democratic global warming legislation rushing through Congress with a denouement expected soon.  Second, the rush to pass the legislation is fueled by the upcoming United Nations meeting on global warming next month in Copenhagen.

A hot time in Copenhagen.  This December, world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to draft a successor agreement to the Kyoto Accord.  This means you'll be hearing increasing hysteria this fall — hard to imagine, I know — from all the usual "green" suspects about how we have only months left to save the planet from man-made global warming.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon warned last week we have just "four months" — until Copenhagen — "to secure the future of our planet" from runaway climate change, or face environmental Armageddon.

'The Copenhagen Diagnosis' Fails Logic 101.  Before everybody arrived [in Copenhagen], to make sure those leaders were briefed, they were given a document outlining the evidence for man-made global warming (a.k.a. climate change, or AGW).  This is "The Copenhagen Diagnosis."  Stephen It's-Getting-Cold-No-Wait!-Hot-Out Schneider and many other environmental persons took up pen to detail the best — or at least, most frightening — arguments for action.  It is thus important to understand this document to discover whether the information offered is convincing ... or even relevant.

Copenhagen Collapse.  When an overblown environmental conference culminates with Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lecturing the West on virtue, color it another shakedown.  The United Nations' Copenhagen Climate Conference is going fast into meltdown.  It may be because it's not about climate anymore, but fitting a noose on the world's productive economies and extracting wealth transfers.

Al Gore condemned over Arctic ice melting prediction.  Al Gore, the former US Vice-President, has become embroiled in a climate change spin row after claiming that the Arctic could be completely ice-free within five years.  Speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, Mr Gore said new computer modelling suggests there is a 75 percent chance of the entire polar ice cap melting during the summertime by 2014.

Copenhagen doesn't need Climategate to self-destruct.  Even though delegates to the climate conference in Copenhagen are basically ignoring Climategate and its implications, it appears that any hope of crafting a "meaningful" treaty may be slipping away.  Yesterday [12/14/2009], developing nations got themselves into a snit and walked out of negotiations because of the lack of hard targets for cutting emissions among the rich countries.

Prince Charles warns climate change will drive starvation and terrorism.  The world has only seven years before climate change causes a "point of crisis" that will drive food shortages, terrorism and poverty, the Prince of Wales has warned.  Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ministerial segment of the Copenhagen climate conference, the Prince said the "survival of the species" was in peril.

Economic suicide.  When Air Force One jets off to Copenhagen next week, clouds of greenhouse gases billowing in its wake, the president would be wise to recall why the US Senate voted 95-0 against the Kyoto Protocol in 1997:  It required huge economic sacrifice from America — and virtually none from other countries.  A Copenhagen pact may wind up with similar requirements — as India's environmental minister, Jairam Ramesh, made clear yesterday [12/3/2009].

The Surprise at Copenhagen.  Obama believes in AGW (anthropogenic or man-made global warming) theory.  He believes in "economic and social justice," and that logically leads to "climate justice."  He may believe that the U.S. owes a "climate debt" to the rest of the world.  What better way to lead the charge than to carry the ultimate banner of the radical left — wealth redistribution — under the auspices of the "crises of climate change."

More about President Obama and rabid environmentalism.

Inconvenient truth for Al Gore as his North Pole sums don't add up.  In his speech [at Copenhagen], Mr Gore told the conference:  "These figures are fresh.  Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years."

Obama's Push for Copenhagen Deal Could Violate Constitution, Critics Say.  President Obama's mission to save the planet from global warming could end up trampling on the U.S. Constitution, critics say.  When Obama arrives in Copenhagen Friday, he is hoping to cut a deal on a new global-warming agreement.  Even though the conference is not likely to produce a legally binding deal, critics say if the president signs an international climate treaty pledging reductions in carbon emissions, he will violate the Constitution. ... The Constitution states that the president cannot sign treaties without the approval of two-thirds of the Senate.

US Deal In Copenhagen Wrong For Our Country.  All across this nation, families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet.  Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and many more worry that they will be next.  But Americans are meeting these times with courage and by putting first things first, at least everywhere but the White House.

Canadian Company Will 'Offset' Emissions From Obama's Air Force One Flight.  A private Canadian company says it will plant 1,176 trees to offset the carbon emitted by Air Force One when it carries President Barack Obama to Copenhagen for the international climate conference.  President Obama will travel 3,979 miles to Denmark on Friday, Dec. 18, and Air Force One will emit an estimated 196 tons of carbon on that trip, said LimeGreen Earth, Inc., in a news release.

Al Gore's melting Arctic claim unites scientist and sceptic alike.  Al Gore stood by his claim yesterday [12/15/2009] that the North Pole could be ice-free within five years, attracting a storm of criticism from scientists and sceptics alike.  In an address to the Copenhagen summit, the former Vice-President of the United States quoted an international report published this year, which suggested that the North Pole could have lost virtually all of its ice by 2015.

Defiant Mugabe attends talks despite travel bans.  President Robert Mugabe arrived in Denmark yesterday [12/15/2009] to attend UN climate talks, despite western sanctions on his travel and public disapproval from Danish hosts.  Denmark's prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, said Mr Mugabe was allowed to attend the Copenhagen climate conference because of rules that permitted him to attend UN meetings, overriding European Union and United States travel bans.

The Copenhagen Shakedown.  The U.N. climate-change conference in Copenhagen was supposed to be the moment when the world came together to save us from an excess of carbon dioxide.  Like all such confabs, it's coming down instead to cold, hard cash.

Al Gore tries to cool 'climate spin' by correcting claims of North pole thaw.  Al Gore's office issued a formal correction yesterday [12/16/2009] to a speech the former US Vice-President had given earlier in the week that started the latest in a series of "climate spin" rows.  Mr Gore told the Copenhagen summit meeting that the latest research suggested that the North Pole would be ice-free within five to seven years.

Copenhagen climate summit:  1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges.  On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen's biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road.  During the "summit to save the world", which opens here tomorrow, she will have 200.  "We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention," she says.  "But it seems that somebody last week looked at the weather report."

Come Fry with Me.  [Scroll down]  As Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, explains:  Hotel guests should have their electricity monitored; hefty aviation taxes should be introduced to deter people from flying; and iced water in restaurants should be curtailed, the world's leading climate scientist has told the Observer.  Rajendra Pachauri?  Hey, if you're manning the VIP lounge at Heathrow, that name may ring a bell:  Dr Rajendra Pachauri flew at least 443,243 miles on IPCC business in this 19 month period.

Taking the private jet to Copenhagen.  Any celebrity flying the green flag needs glittering eco-credentials.  But how do they justify the fleet of customised planes, the luxury homes and the posse of servants?

Limousine liberals enjoy the weather in Copenhagen.  As the world's leaders come together to try to hammer out measures to fight global warming, they are not forgetting to take time out to live it up.  Junketeers at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen — many of them from developing nations — are enjoying luxuries like limos, private jets, and fancy gourmet food while claiming that the world is going to hell in a handbasket because of our consumption.

More about the hypocrisy of eco-celebrities.

The supremacy of Tuvalu.  Among the heroes of the [Copenhagen climate change] conference are Hugo Chavez and Robert Mugabe.  Andrew Bolt gets to the heart of the conference with a look at one of the lesser known figures.  Bolt writes:  "Nothing is real in Copenhagen — not the temperature record, not the predictions, not the agenda, not the 'solution.'"  Quoting a report from the Australian, Bolt provides a good example of "how fake it all is."

It's settled; climate circus was a fairy tale.  Reuters, for example, carried a moving account of the speech by Ian Fry, lead negotiator for Tuvalu, the beleaguered Pacific island nation soon to be under water because of a planet-devastating combination of your SUV and unsustainable bovine flatulence from Vermont farms. ... Alas, nowhere in this emotionally harrowing dispatch was there room to mention that Ian Fry's country is not Tuvalu but Australia, where he lives relatively safe from rising sea levels given that he's a hundred miles inland.

The counter-Copenhagen conference...
Republicans Plan to Form Counter-Delegation at Climate Conference.  A GOP counter-delegation is forming to undermine the Obama administration's work on an international climate change agreement in Copenhagen, warning that the president is poised to make commitments he can't keep and drawing heightened attention to controversial leaked e-mails.

Did someone mention ClimateGate?

Copenhagen climate summit:  global warming 'caused by sun's radiation'.  Global warming is caused by radiation from the sun, according to a leading scientist speaking out at an alternative "sceptics' conference" in Copenhagen.

Climate Hubris.  While the Copenhagen talks didn't shed much light on the climate issue per se, they certainly revealed much about the motivations of those involved in the debate.  It was clear, both in the meetings and among protestors outside, that the most vociferous advocates for imposing limits on greenhouse emissions are motivated only tangentially by concern for the planet.  The real target of radical environmentalism is capitalism.

Enviro-Marxists discover the real scourge of the planet:  human beings.  "Climate change," the scam formerly known as "global warming," has been exposed as the crypto-Marxist hoax many of us suspected for years that it was.  In Copenhagen, at the ridiculous charade of a "summit" on the dangers of carbon emissions producing record carbon emissions, the lofty rhetoric about saving the planet and the long-suffering polar bears has been ripped down like a sheet covering an unfinished masterpiece.

Obama offers $33 billion per year in climate reparations.  As the UN Climate Control Conference comes to an end today, many issues remain to be negotiated, including the size of the emissions cuts and the future of the Kyoto treaty.  But one issue has already been settled:  the size of the reparations that the developed countries (United States, Europe, Japan, etc.) would pay to the developing countries (China, India, Africa, etc.) if the agreement is negotiated.

Pelosi Bars Republicans from Copenhagen Press Conference.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today barred Republican members of the congressional delegation to Copenhagen for the U.N. "climate change" conference from participation in the official congressional press conference at Bella Center.  Sources at the event told HUMAN EVENTS that Republicans were not initially informed of the event then were subsequently barred from participation.

Thatcher adviser:  Copenhagen goal is 1-world government.  A former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says the real purpose of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18 is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government.

Only 50 days left to save the world?
I might listen to the doomsayers if they weren't such ludicrous hypocrites.  Not many people understand climate change.  But they can recognise hypocrisy when they see it, and are also likely to count their spoons whenever wild-eyed politicians invoke the impending end of the world.  On Tuesday [12/15/2009], Prince Charles flew to Copenhagen to attend the climate change summit, where he delivered a keynote speech.  He informed his audience that 'the world has only seven years before we lose the levers of control'.  Not at all long, then.

Losers Of World Unite — In Denmark.  The United Nations summit was promoted as a serious effort to mitigate climate change.  But it's turned into an attack on capitalism.  So what does the U.S. do?  It pledges money.

Iran and the Wailing of the Copenhagen Choir.  From the shores of what was once capitalist America, I've been trying to follow on webcast the highlights of of the United Nations climate con — I mean conference — in Copenhagen, featuring eco-messages from some of the world's top celebrity tyrants.  As Roger Simon so neatly put it in a post and PJTV webcast from the scene, "So many despots, so little time!"  Thursday alone, the UNFCCC "high-level" speaking lineup included officials of Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Cuba, Laos, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Belarus and the man himself, fixture of any major UN shindig, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.

Welcome Back to the Middle Ages.  On the last day of COP 15, staring at a Jumbotron where Hugo Chavez was addressing the conference, something was nagging at me besides the obvious (that half the audience was enthusiastically applauding a maniac).  I was trying to figure out what it was about the conference that so perplexed and disturbed.

Something's Rotten in Denmark ... and East Anglia, Asheville, and New York City.  The smell in the air may be from the leftover caviar at the banquet tables, or perhaps from the exhaust of 140 private jets and 1200 limousines commissioned by the attendees when they discovered there was to be no global warming evident in Copenhagen.  (In fact, the cold will deepen and give way to snow before they leave, an extension of the Gore Effect.)  But the metaphorical stench comes from the well-financed bad science and bad policy, promulgated by the UN, and the complicity of the so-called world leaders, thinking of themselves as modern-day King Canutes.

Capitalism Under Fire From Highly Self-Interested Dictators And Diplomats.  [Scroll down]  As if the global warming movement didn't already appear sufficiently disingenuous and "hoaxy" before the U.N. gathering, the Dictator of Venezuela showed all the cards in Copenhagen.  As blizzard conditions kept people indoors in Denmark Thursday afternoon [12/17/2009], [Hugo] Chavez made it very clear that the agenda is not to reverse the "warming" of the planet, but rather, it is to squash the free market economy wherever it exits, and to re-distribute the world's wealth.

Dreading our future.  I am afraid for my country.  I am afraid — actually, certain — we are losing the heart and soul that made America unique in human history.  Yes, we have enemies, but the greatest danger comes from within.  Watching the freak show in Copenhagen last week, I was alternately furious and filled with dread.  The world has gone absolutely bonkers and lunatics are in charge.

Copenhagen sure was a gas.  Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, we present the Copenhagen Flatulence Awards, honouring those who raised the art of generating hot air and gassy emissions to new intensity levels during the UN-sponsored festival of indignation.

Global Warming's Forlorn Hope.  Copenhagen was the Green left's forlorn hope, their last chance at breaching the wall of public suspicion and stubbornness to impose environmentalism as a governing system through the threat of global warming.  Within those walls lay the promise of lifetime sinecure positions, total social control, absolute power, and unlimited free money.  One final push, one blind rush up the ladders, and it would be theirs.

Climategate:  What's the "trick" and what did it "hide"?  The man who knows most about this subject and who's willing to talk about it is Steve McIntyre.  In a recent positing, McIntyre outlined the trick and its place in the history of official climate science as fashioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

I have seen the future and it stinks!  Copenhagen was intended as an important advance toward world governance. ... It's very clear that under global government — because of its size and natural inefficiencies — accountability is nigh on to impossible, transparency nothing but a distant dream, very often not even desired.  In short, it's 1984.  And COP15 was just that — legions staring at world leaders on Jumbotrons as they blathered platitudes, while negotiations were conducted behind closed doors.

Hopenhagen Goes Bust.  Despite President Obama's desperate last-minute attempts to transform the UN's climate change conference into "Hopenhagen," even this administration's talented pool of spin-doctors will find it difficult to convince global warming alarmists that the two-week event was anything other than what is now being called:  an "abject failure."  Happily, any result that distresses the alarmists comes as a huge relief to anyone who values liberty and free markets.

Obama the party crasher.  Barack Obama is not used to being the guy not invited to a party.  At the Copenhagen global warming conference, however, he found that not everyone wanted to hang with him. Our president can't take a hint.

Climategate:  How To Follow the Money.  There's big money in climate.  That became strikingly obvious in Copenhagen.  The conference itself cost in the neighborhood of $30 million, but that was only the visible tip of the melting iceberg.  Add to that the celebrities, the demonstrators, the congressional delegations, and the corporate displays, and you can bet something closer to $60 million was really spent on the conference — along with, of course, a carbon footprint the size of Morocco's.

Obama Led The Total Failure of World Leadership in Copenhagen.  World leaders participated in a scandalous conference in Copenhagen.  Officially it was Conference of the Parties (COP) 15 to monitor progress on climate change begun in 1995 at COP 1 in Berlin.  TheyÕve consistently and blindly accepted the false claim human CO2 is causing climate change.  COP 3 produced the Kyoto Accord to punish developed nations and redistribute wealth.  ItÕs due to expire in 2012 and COP 15 was to keep the process going.  Few supported it more than Obama so he had to salvage the process.

Natural gas and capitalism to the rescue.  Marxist grandees slipped in and out Copenhagen last week thanks to the plentiful jet fuel whose combustion they claim poses grave threats to the future of mankind.

Copenhagen summit carbon footprint biggest ever:  report.  Delegates, journalists, activists and observers from almost 200 countries have gathered at the Dec 7-18 summit and their travel and work will create 46,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide, most of it from their flights.

The climate blame game.  The Copenhagen climate conference was useful for one reason.  It gave us a glimpse into the future of international negotiations to address man-made global warming.  What we learned from Copenhagen is that these negotiations will not have anything to do with "fixing" the climate, even assuming it needs fixing and that we could do it if we wanted to.  Rather, they will be about laying blame on someone else for failing to act.

Real Greens Have Manure on Their Boots.  Our self-evaluated B+ president declares victory at Copenhagen, but has no qualms about spewing tons of carbon to get himself and his retinue there.  Fortunately, nothing binding came from the excursion (except for a pledge of $100 billion of our tax money).

Get the U.N. Out of the Climate Business.  In the aftermath of the Copenhagen Climate conference, it is clear that the United Nations-driven process is a bust, and that any similar process requiring economic suicide and massive wealth transfers will go nowhere.  It is long since time to drop this charade, take the question of climate change out of the hands of the U.N., and implement more reasonable policies.

United Nations climate chief quits.  Yvo de Boer, head of the UN's climate change convention, will resign as of July 1, his office announced on Thursday [2/18/2010]. ... The announcement came nearly two months after the Copenhagen summit on climate change, seen even by its supporters as a disappointment and by its critics as a chaotic failure.

U.N Still Pushing for Global Environmental Control.  Despite the debacle of the failed Copenhagen climate change conference last December, the United Nations is pressing full speed ahead with a plan for a greatly expanded system of global environmental governance and for a multitrillion-dollar economic transfer scheme to ignite the creation of a "global green economy."  In other words:  Copenhagen without the authority — yet — of Copenhagen.

Global Warming and Cold War Thinking.  The Copenhagen Accord did not create a competitive world where people strive to improve their condition; it just confirmed it.  And by adopting a "zero-sum" view of global climate economics, the U.N. has inflamed international rivalry.  Beijing would like the U.S. to abandon "Cold War thinking" about the contentious world, but since China has not done so, neither can America.

The Earth's atmosphere is composed of 78% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.038% carbon dioxide, and trace amounts of other gases, including water vapor.  We call this "air" and humans depend on the oxygen content for life.  At the same time all six billion of us individually exhale about two pounds of carbon dioxide every day.  By contrast, Nature emits about 30 times more CO2 than humans.  The oceans of the world absorb and release CO2 all the time.  This is Nature's balance that maintains all life, animal and vegetable, on earth.*

The Cancun Climate Conference of 2010

Can environmentalism be saved from itself?  Mercifully, nobody will pay attention to the climate conference at Cancun next week, where a much-reduced group of delegates will go through the motions.  The delusional dream of global action to combat climate change is dead.  Barack Obama's cap-and-trade scheme is dead.  Chicago's carbon-trading market is dead.  The European Union's supposed reduction in carbon emissions has been exposed as a giant fraud.  Public interest in climate change has plunged, and the media have radically reduced their climate coverage.

Cancun climate conference: the warmists' last Mexican wave.  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.

The Climate Mafia Gather in Cancun.  It is time for the U.S. government to acknowledge that a climate mafia has existed since the gathering in Kyoto, Japan, to establish the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Turn out the lights, the party's over.  Scams die hard, but eventually they die, and when they do, nobody wants to get close to the corpse.  You can get all the hotel rooms you want this week in Cancun.  The global-warming caravan has moved on, bound for a destination in oblivion.

Cancun talks start with a call to the gods.  With United Nations climate negotiators facing an uphill battle to advance their goal of reducing emissions linked to global warming, it's no surprise that the woman steering the talks appealed to a Mayan goddess Monday [11/29/2010].  Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving.

Cuckoo In Cancun.  Consider Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  She opened the U.N's global warming conference last week with a prayer to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon.  This mythological supreme being of fertility is supposed to be good for sending rain for crops.  Maybe that's the sort of blessing Figueres had in mind when, from Cancun's — no joke — Moon Palace, she called Ixchel "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving" and hoped delegates would be inspired by her.

Cancun climate conference: the warmists' last Mexican wave.  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.

What We Can Learn from 120 Years of Climate Catastrophe Reporting:  The annual Climate Catastrophe Party is marching along in Cancun, Mexico, making for a lovely all-expenses-paid vacation.  At this latest doom fest, some 20,000 delegates from around the world are doing their best to keep the scary story of man-made global warming/climate change alive.  I've been around long enough to remember a time when global warming was a non-issue — in fact, it was the very real threat of another ice age making headlines in the 1970s.  With that in mind, I did an investigation into the comings and goings of predicted environmental cataclysm in modern history.  What I found is that this has all happened before — the reporting of climate catastrophe has been going on for over 120 years.

WikiLeaks And Claim Of Warmest Year On Record, Expose Climate Criminality.  Question:  How and why can a year be claimed as the warmest on record two months before it is over?  Answer:  To help participants in Cancun Climate Conference desperate because the public don't believe, funding and power is being lost, as their deceptions are exposed.

The Cancun wealth redistribution conference.  It's become a predictable annual rite.  Several weeks prior to each global warming gabfest, breathless news stories, editorials, op-eds and pontifications begin hitting the airwaves and print pages, reaching a crescendo as the conference opens.  So it was with Copenhagen; so it is with Cancun.

Cancun's Climate Crock.  It began with a prayer to the Mayan moon goddess, and it has quickly devolved into a junk science circus.  Delegates to the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico were greeted by the Convention's Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, who prayed to the goddess Ixchel.  Calling Ixchel "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving," Figueres prayed, "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."

Can Rainforests Be Saved With Cash Injections?  Protecting the world's rainforests is a central issue at this month's Climate Change Conference in Cancun.  Huge sums are to be offered to countries that protect their forests.  However, experts fear that these rewards could be misused, and that they could actually promote deforestation.

US Energy Secretary Plays Climate Activist.  At the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, the US government has fought back against accusations that it isn't doing anything to combat global warming.  In his speech, Energy Secretary Steven Chu criticized climate change deniers, highlighted inventions by US scientists and even quoted a Native American saying about saving the planet.

The abdication of the West.  Notwithstanding the carefully-orchestrated propaganda to the effect that nothing much will be decided at the UN climate conference here in Cancun, the decisions to be made here this week signal nothing less than the abdication of the West.  The governing class in what was once proudly known as the Free World is silently, casually letting go of liberty, prosperity, and even democracy itself.

Six straight days of record low temperatures during Cancun conference.  One record low was funny, three in a row was hilarious, a new record low for the month of December was ROFL, but now six straight days of record lows during the U.N. COP16 Global Warming conference?  That's galactically inconvenient.

The unusually chilly global-warming summit.  As negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Cancun to strategize ways to keep the planet from getting hotter, the temperature in the seaside Mexican city plunged to a 100-year record low of 54°F.  Climate-change skeptics are gleefully calling Cancun's weather the latest example of the "Gore Effect" — a plunge in temperature they say occurs wherever former Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist, makes a speech about the climate.

Eco-Fascists Gone Wild.  Americans for Prosperity is here in Cancun as leaders from 192 countries and some 400 environmental organizations have found time in their busy schedules to board their private jets, and have flown thousands of miles to attend the 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss global warming.

Phony Claims Infest Cancun Climate Conference.  At the United Nations climate confab in Cancun, Mexico, this week, the usual set of phony claims were once again trotted out to try to scare the world into submission.  Claim One:  A four-degree rise in global temperature is likely to occur during the 21st Century. ... Let's mow down the first claim first.  I drive this point home in my book, Climategate, and the global whiners loath it:  Since 1850 — the beginning of the Industrial Revolution — the Earth's average surface temperature has risen only .7° Celsius (just a bit more than one degree Fahrenheit).  Point-seven degrees Celsius in 160 years — that's all.  And this minuscule temperature increase coincided with the proliferation of the train, car, truck and even the lawnmower and leaf blower.  Oh, and the bulk of this warming occurred before 1940.

The Cancun Crack-Up.  How appropriate that the U.N.'s latest climate summit in the Mexican resort of Cancun should have begun last week with the invocation of an ancient jaguar goddess.  When it comes to global warming, there's always been more than a touch of the old-time religion.

That's right -- environmentalism has become a pagan religion.

A cold day in Cancun.  The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome came apart Sunday [12/12/2010] after a blizzard dumped 17 inches of snow on top of the Minneapolis stadium.  In the arena of public opinion, global-warming hucksters are seeing an even greater collapse under the weight of winter reality.  Not long ago, scare headlines loomed this time of year.  In 2001, for example, the Energy Department's Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center issued a press release entitled, "White Christmases becoming more a dream than reality."  The idea is that mankind's capitalist ways have angered Mother Earth.  Unless we make atonement by acquiescing to demands for further centralized government planning, Christmas is canceled — and not just in the United States.

Another Failed Climate Change Conference.  [Scroll down]  This conference in Cancun attracted about 15,000 people.  The U.K. Telegraph's environmental writer, Louise Gray, reported that "The carbon footprint of the conference was about 25,000 tons, the equivalent to 4,500 UK households for a year."  But, in an earlier dispatch, Ms. Gray calculated that her flight from the U.K. cost two tons and a two-week stay in a Cancun hotel another ton. ... If we assume a passenger car produces about one ton of carbon for every 5,000 miles driven, then this conference was the equivalent of 255 million car miles.

The U.S. Should Halt All Funding For U.N.'s 'Global Warming' Scam.  The global warming prophets and propagandists, who enjoy living in style on other people's money, gathered last month in the plush resort of Cancun, Mexico, where January temperatures usually hover around 80 degrees.  God must have a sense of humor because Cancun was hit by its coldest temperature in a hundred years.  The first day of the conference featured an address from Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, who spoke with much concern about global warming and the damage that humans are perpetrating on the planet.  He cited the deaths of 60 people in Mexico because of weather extremes, but didn't mention Mexico's 22,000 deaths caused by the illegal drug trade.

Cancun:  Agreeing to Someday Make Difficult Decisions.  The outcome of the U.N.'s climate meeting in Cancœn meeting was what we expected.  Media reports describe it as "A near-consensus decision" but these happy reports don't explain that the agreement was "a near-consensus decision" to not make any difficult decisions yet.

Cancun Climate Platitudes and Predictions.  United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon kicked off the high level segment of the U.N.'s climate change conference yesterday afternoon.  Speaking at the plenary session of environment ministers and other high level officials from 194 countries, Ban offered ringing diplomatic niceties such as "a new future must take place here," and that "we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good," and he urged governments "to be flexible and to negotiate in a spirit of compromise and common sense for the good of all the peoples."

Cancunhagen.  [Roy] Spencer is not skeptical about the fact that burning fossil fuels is increasing the carbon dioxide in atmosphere; that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas; or that, all other things being equal, increased carbon dioxide will produce more warming.  Although some activists have called him and his colleagues "denialists," Spencer concurs that there is no scientific disagreement over the fact that the Earth has been warming.  "What we deny is that we have any certainty about how much of the recent warming is due to man," said Spencer.  "We deny that it's mostly man-made."

Hasta la vista, global warming believers.  It's over.  The 15,000 delegates from 193 countries plus 10,000 hangers have packed their bags and left the Cancun luxury hotels where they were saving the Earth for two weeks.  The purveyors of bad tequila (for technophobic young demonstrators) and fine wines (for delegates) are counting their money, and hotel employees are busily cleaning up the mess in preparation for the influx of Christmas tourists.

Top 10 Bad Developments For Global Warming Alarmists.  [#1]  Cancun Play-Day:  Following last year's Copenhagen climate conference which turned into a farce, another meaningless UN climate conference was held this year in Cancun, Mexico.  While little to nothing was accomplished, at least the well-dressed delegates picked a nice locale to pollute with their jets and limos.

Skeptics Have Their Say at COP16, Press Refuses to Report.  Amidst prayers to ancient Mayan goddesses, dire predictions of climate catastrophe, and alarmist proposals to ban everything from children to kerosene lamps, a few eminently qualified "skeptics" of the United Nations' global-warming alarmism held a press conference at the summit in Cancun to share their views. ... Very few reporters, however, bothered to show up — let alone balance their coverage.

The Utter Futility of Reducing Carbon Emissions.  The Climate Catastrophe Confab in Cancun, Mexico, is now over.  Once again we heard the cries from the 20,000 delegates about how the wealthy nations of the world have stolen the future from developing nations by using up all the carbon space in the air by their reckless and selfish use of fossil fuels. ... It's quite interesting and revealing — when one looks at the decisions made at the conference, nearly all of them are about money, not climate.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

The Rio+20 Conference of 2012

UN Plans to Expand Its Environmental Agency.  The United Nations will be pushing for an expansion of its already powerful global environmental agency at this year's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro June 20-22.  The UN Environmental Program (UNEP) will be renamed the UN Environmental Organization (UNEO) and promoted to the level of a "specialized agency," giving it more authority and allowing it to receive more funding.  The ultimate purpose of the organization's restructuring is to support the Sustainable Development division of the UN, the same division that has imposed the radical and highly controversial Agenda 21 policies on nations across the globe.  The expansion is a recommendation of the global sustainability panel put together by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Report: UN to consider $1,300 green tax on US.  Diplomats at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Conference in Rio de Janeiro next week will consider proposals that would levy taxes on American families and energy industries in order to support international efforts to combat global warming, according to a draft agenda for the conference.

The Editor asks...
Since when does the UN have the authority to levy taxes on US citizens — or anybody else?

The Global Doomsayers' Ever-Changing Story.  Part of the preamble to Agenda 21, the action plan that came out of the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, reads:  "We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being."  In the 20 years since, something embarrassing has happened:  a sharp decrease in poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy and a marked reduction in these global disparities.  The conference that begins next week in Rio de Janeiro, on the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit, will nonetheless remain resolutely pessimistic about the planet's ecosystems and their capacity to support human beings indefinitely if economic growth continues.

Rio: killing the earth since 1992.  Quite possibly the only good thing about this week's Rio + 20 summit is that it coincides with the publication of a brilliant new book called Os Melancias.  If you're American or Canadian you'll know it as Watermelons:  The Green Movement's True Colors.  In Britain, it's called Watermelons: How The Environmentalists Are Killing The Planet, Destroying The Economy And Stealing Your Children's Future.  And in Australia and Kiwiland it is called Killing The Earth To Save It: How Environmentalists Are Ruining The Planet, Destroying The Economy And Stealing Your Jobs. [...] Thanks to the junk science, bogus computer projections, and scaremongering of the environmental movement the planet and its inhabitants have suffered grievously these last 20 years.

Economists Without Calculators.  Last week, just before the opening of the U.N.'s Earth Summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the New York Times ran an op-ed that decried the rapid rise in carbon dioxide emissions during the two decades since a similar meeting was held in Rio. [...] The authors' solution was a familiar one:  a carbon tax and/or a cap on carbon dioxide emissions.  Never mind that the failure of the meeting at Rio shows, yet again, that a global carbon tax or emissions cap stands absolutely no chance of being implemented.  Further, let's ignore the claim that we have an "addiction" to hydrocarbons, which remain the cheapest, most abundant, most reliable source of energy for billions of people all over the world.

MPs have no idea how to meet the 'carbon' target they voted for.  The great global warming scare has long been dying on its feet, but that sad fiasco of a conference in Rio last week saw it finally dead and buried. [...] [T]his leaves Britain as the only country in the world committed by law to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 percent in less than 40 years.  The Climate Change Act, on the Government's own figures, faces us with a bill of up to £18 billion every year until 2050, making it by far the most costly law ever passed by Parliament.

Feel-Good Environmentalism at the U.N.  The United Nations environment summit in Rio this week is a great example of how good intentions can thwart real progress on global problems.  What's the world's biggest environmental challenge?  Ask the global elites at U.N. conferences, and they're likely to answer:  "global warming." [...] But let's put things in perspective.  According to statistics from the emergency disasters database, deaths caused by flooding, droughts, heat waves and storms — including the effects of global warming — now account for about one-twentieth of one percent of all deaths in the developing world.

West must cut appetite for cars and TVs, says UN official.  Rich countries will have to stop the consumer high life as part of any deal to heal the world's social and environmental stresses, a top UN official said ahead of a key development summit this week.  "We don't need more cars, more TVs, more whatever" UN Development Program chief Helen Clark told AFP in an interview ahead of the Rio+20 summit starting Wednesday [6/20/2012].

Lord Monckton Blasts UN Global Agenda; Expresses Optimism.  Lord Christopher Monckton told The New American in an exclusive interview Saturday that the United Nations' Rio+20 conference that concluded the day before was not about saving the planet from environmental devastation or about eradicating poverty.  Instead, he said, it was about shackling the planet under a global government.

Obama Administration to Spend $20 Million on Green Energy Plan — For Africa.  The U.S. government is spending $20 million to "help clean energy projects in Africa get started."  Those projects include wind farms and solar panels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at the recent Rio+20 Conference in Brazil.  But the government watchdog Judicial Watch criticized the spending as wasteful, given the administration's track record in trying to pick green energy winners.

Lord Monckton Blasts UN Global Agenda; Expresses Optimism.  Lord Christopher Monckton told The New American in an exclusive interview Saturday that the United Nations' Rio+20 conference that concluded the day before was not about saving the planet from environmental devastation or about eradicating poverty.  Instead, he said, it was about shackling the planet under a global government.

World cooling to global warming.  Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace's executive director, called last week's United Nations eco-conference in Rio de Janeiro an "epic failure."  Good.  The Rio +20 conference (so named because the first big global-warming conference was held at the same Brazilian resort 20 years ago) produced nothing that could be called a success — not even a qualified one.  Few UN conferences ever produce much of worth, anyway.  But at the very least they can usually come up with a final communique that all the participants can point to to show their trip wasn't wasted.  Not Rio.

Rio +20 Earth Summit: The End of International Environmentalism.  The largest United Nations conference ever — featuring more than 50,000 participants from 188 nations — was a flop.  For most of the environmentalist ideologues at the Rio +20 conference the only question was whether it was a "hoax" or a "failure."  Oxfam chief executive Barbara Stocking preferred "hoax" while "failure" was Greenpeace spokesperson Kumi Naidoo's dismissive term.

Big Green Exposed: Journalist Blows Whistle on Deception, Destruction.  Some of the biggest "Green" environmental organizations in the world engage in blatant deception and propaganda to fill their coffers, leaving destruction and ruined lives in their wake, according to Icelandic investigative journalist Magnus Gudmundsson.  In an exclusive interview with The New American at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development last month, he also wondered whether the latest UN "sustainability" craze was simply more of the same fraud.

The Climate Change Conference in Qatar, 2012

A big green rent-seeking machine.  A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour.  The annual UN climate conference COP18 is no small affair.  This is a bandwagon whose riders number in the thousands:  motorcades of politicians, buses full of technocrats and policy wonks and jumbo-jets full of hippies travelling half way round the world, (ostensibly) to save the planet from the (allegedly) pressing problem of climate change.

Obama is negotiating the plunder of America's wealth.  The bigwigs are attending the 18th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in the ultra-extravagant Qatar National Conference Centre. Good choice: Qatar has the highest carbon emissions per capita on Earth.  Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the agenda in Doha — in addition to the usual items, like stopping hydrocarbon use, transfering wealth, regulating economic growth and controlling people's lives — is to bring about "a complete economic transformation of the world."

British peer ejected from UN climate talks for denouncing protocol.  Lord Monckton of Brenchley was thrown out of the United Nations climate change talks in Doha last night. [...] After a short speech, in which he was booed, he was escorted out of the meeting by UN guards.  He is understood to have claimed there is no global warming in the last sixteen years, and therefore the science needs to be reviewed.  Claiming to represent Asian coastal nations, he is understood to have said:  "In the 16 years we have been coming to these events there has been no global warming at all." [...] He has been banned for life from UN climate talks.

Lord Monckton Evicted from UN Climate Summit After Challenging Global Warming.  Apparently criticizing Islam is not the only thing the UN considers blasphemous. [...] "In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming," Monckton said as confused murmurs filled the hall and then turned into a chorus of boos.

UN climate talks extend Kyoto Protocol, promise compensation.  UN climate talks in Doha have closed with a historic shift in principle but few genuine cuts in greenhouse gases.  The summit established for the first time that rich nations should move towards compensating poor nations for losses due to climate change.

Doha Conference: Rich countries to pay poor ones for climate damage.  Using social justice and global warming, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conference in Doha has now drafted language that would have developed countries pay developing countries for damage done by climate change.  Climate scientists have been unable to prove the link between man-made CO2 emissions and changes in climate and have even lately been admitting that their data and models are flawed.  But, developing countries have been seeking any way to get more aid from wealthier nations and climate change seems to be the best way to do that.

COP18 Hotcoldwetdry Talks Pretty Much End In Failure.  Except for those who enjoyed their government funded working vacation, of course.  They had a great time... well, eating, since no alcohol is allowed in the Muslim nation of Qatar.  As for the talks themselves, really, when you hold them in the world's 3rd highest "Carbon polluting" nation, it's no wonder they failed.

Inhofe says U.N. climate conference is about money.  For U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the U.N. global warming conference in Doha, Qatar, is not about climate change.  It's about money.  Integral to Inhofe's assertion that climate change theory is a hoax is his belief that the issue is being used to funnel money from wealthier nations, including the United States, to poorer ones, through mechanisms such as the U.N.'s Green Climate Fund.

Another Climate Confab Going Down in Flames?  The latest round of climate talks in Doha began Tuesday in the usual fashion — with a spate of bickering and accusations between developing countries and the West.  China and India led a group of 15-20 developing countries calling for their developed peers to reduce emissions (in particular, Annex 1, the group that took part in the Kyoto protocol).  Greens, for their part, are championing this development.

Doha is dead. On to COP 19!  We can expect the usual last-minute "agreement" — to keep talking — from the UN climate conference in Doha, which comes to a close Friday evening.  These massive Conferences of the Parties (COPs), of which this is the 18th, have descended into ritual farce, as naked money-grabbing on behalf of poor countries contrasts with finagling impossible solutions to what is likely a much-exaggerated problem.  We may be sure that one issue that has not had much play at the conference is the absence of global warming for the past 16 years, which undermines the computer models on which alarmism is based.

Despair after climate conference, but U.N. still offers hope.  At the end of another lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair.  As thousands of delegates checked out of their air-conditioned hotel rooms in Doha to board their jets for home, some asked whether the U.N. system even made matters worse by providing cover for leaders to take no meaningful action.

Doha Agreement Unraveling As Belarus, Others Consider Kyoto Exit.  Belarus, one of three fossil-fuel reliant states outmanoeuvred at Kyoto pact talks by small island states endangered by climate change, said it may consider quitting the process and Ukraine and Kazakhstan may do the same.

Climate Conference Ends in Disgrace.  Climate negotiators at the most recent conference on global warming were unable to reduce expectations fast enough to match the collapse of their agenda.  As the NYT reports, they concluded the 18th Conference of the Parties by committing "to more ambitious — but unspecified — actions to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases."

Doha Climate Summit Ends With No New CO2 Cuts or Funding.  The United Nations climate talks in Doha went a full extra 24 hours and ended without increased cuts in fossil fuel emissions and without financial commitments between 2013 and 2015.  "This an incredibly weak deal," said Samantha Smith representing the Climate Action Network, a coalition of more than 700 civil society organisations.

US rejects UN telecom bill.  Saying the scope of the treaty was "problematic," US negotiators have rejected the UN telecom accord recently agreed to in Doha.

New Report: Man-made Global Warming Is a FarceExtreme Weather Report 2012 was presented at the latest UN Climate Conference in Doha, Qatar, but the only press this landmark study received was when British politician and author Lord Christopher Monckton was kicked out of the conference for presenting it.

The U.N. wants your money, too.  While President Obama and Speaker John Boehner are wrestling with whether or not they will agree to raise taxes, United Nations delegates partying in Doha, Qatar, are planning to impose a new kind of tax on Americans.  U.N. conferees have been discussing how they can start a global tax that would hit Americans hard.

This Is Called Cheating (Part 2).  "Months before authors were even selected to write an upcoming IPCC report, its chairman was telling a live audience what conclusion that report would reach."

Climate Conference Ends in Disgrace.  Climate negotiators at the most recent conference on global warming were unable to reduce expectations fast enough to match the collapse of their agenda.  As the NYT reports, they concluded the 18th Conference of the Parties by committing "to more ambitious — but unspecified — actions to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases."

German Experts Now Calling For An End To Climate Conferences After 20 Years Of Failure.  The UN has been holding climate conferences in a bid to curb man-made CO2 emissions for 20 years.  However CO2 emissions are incresaing at record reates as China, India and an array of third world countries finally develop and begin to vanquish grinding poverty in earnest.  That UN effort has failed completely at curbing the alleged greenhouse gas.

Doha-ha-ha-ha-ha.  [Scroll down]  Yet Kyoto II will cover only about 15 per cent of global emissions.  Canada, Russia, NZ and Japan — where Kyoto I was signed 15 years ago — all abandoned the agreement.  Unlike Australia, the US never ratified it.  It excludes developing countries where emissions are growing most rapidly.

Cooling Down the Fears of Climate Change.  Forget the Doha climate jamboree that ended earlier this month.  The theological discussions in Qatar of the arcana of climate treaties are irrelevant.  By far the most important debate about climate change is taking place among scientists, on the issue of climate sensitivity:  How much warming will a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide actually produce?  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has to pronounce its answer to this question in its Fifth Assessment Report next year.

Ushering in the new (socialist) world order, one crisis at a time.  The U.N.'s latest climate alarmist meeting in Doha, Qatar experienced somewhat of a different sort of man-made crisis in December in the form of a typhoon named Christopher Monckton, the third viscount of Benchley, advisor to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and climate realist.  Temporarily purloining a vacant microphone assigned to a delegate from Burma, he gave the entire audience some very terrifying news ... announcing that "in the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming at all."

The UN Earth Summit of 2002

Eco-Agenda for Planetary Control:  What did the United Nations do while over a million Ethiopians were dying in agony?  The UN's General Assembly, the self-proclaimed "conscience of the world," voted to squander $73.5 million for renovations to the UN's luxurious conference center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital.  By a vote of 122 to 5, the General Assembly opted to indulge in this obscene orgy of consumption at the very doorstep of the squalid villages and camps where hundreds of thousands were literally starving to death.

UN delivers stern warning over water use:  In advance of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, a UN report blasts 100 world leaders for unchecked development claiming it is lowering sea level around the world.

 Editor's Note:   Even in your wildest dreams, can you imagine any human activity lowering the mean sea level worldwide?  And aren't these the same people who fret about the increase in sea level due to "global warming?"

Sustainable Development: A Dubious Solution in Search of a Problem:  From August 26 through September 4, 2002, approximately 100 heads of state and 60,000 delegates will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend a "World Summit on Sustainable Development." The conference—convened on the 10th anniversary of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and expected to be the largest U.N. summit in history— will explore domestic and international policy options to promote the hottest environmental buzzwords to enter the public policy debate in decades.

Eco-imperialism: "Green" Praises Poverty, Laments Electricity:  "There is a lot of quality to be had in poverty," and the introduction of electricity is "destroying" the cultures of the world's poor, according to a U.S. environmentalist who commented on the eve of the United Nations Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Sickening" U.N. Elitists Gorge on Caviar as Africans Starve:  The London Sun [recently] blasted the "sickening champagne and caviar lifestyle being enjoyed by Earth Summit delegates."  Just like at the so-called World Food Summit, "They are gorging on mountains of lobster, oysters and fillet steak at the Johannesburg conference — aimed at ending FAMINE," raged the newspaper.  And they wash it all down with the finest champagnes and wines, of course.

Same story:
Lobsters, caviar and brandy served at UN summit on starvation.

Introduction of the Flush Toilet Deplored at Earth Summit:  In what some see as a sign that the Earth summit is literally going down the drain, an environmentalist at the Earth summit here has lamented the introduction of the flush toilet.  A female panelist from India complained that the flush toilet encourages excessive water consumption around the world and is not ecologically friendly.

Environmentalist Laments Introduction of Electricity:  "There is a lot of quality to be had in poverty," and the introduction of electricity is "destroying" the cultures of the world's poor, according to a U.S. environmentalist, who commented on the eve of the United Nations Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Earth Summit Seen As "Gathering to Attack Wealth":  An American free market advocate calls the Earth summit now under way in South Africa, "a collection of advocates gathering to attack wealth."  Chris Horner, an analyst with the free market advocacy group Competitive Enterprise Institute, said it is obvious that after two days, delegates to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development view wealth "as the root of evil behind environmental problems, when in reality, all evidence is to the contrary."

Greens Say Earth Summit "Fallen Dramatically Short":  There is a growing consensus among observers that the Earth Summit has "fallen dramatically short" of achieving any meaningful results.

Greens Say Earth Summit "Hijacked" By US:  The Earth summit appeared headed for the compost pile on Tuesday [9/3/2002] as environmentalists, led by Friends of the Earth International, held their noses and declared the conference had been "hijacked" by the United States.

Powell Heckled at Earth Summit:  Mr. Powell brought howls of protest when he said Zimbabwe had brought its population to the brink of starvation with its controversial land reform policies.

Self-inflicted wound:  My colleagues Tom Kilgannon and Fred Gedrich of Freedom Alliance traveled to Johannesburg to monitor the global gabfest.  Reporting back to my radio audience, they summed up the 10-day session in a single word: "surreal."

Capitalism's Allure called "Sinister" By Environmentalist:  A Green leader [in Johannesburg] called the allure of free market capitalism "sinister" and referred to economic growth as "the engine of [environmental] degradation."

Sidebar:  "Enviro" Polluters Invade Africa.

"Tree huggers" vs. global traders:  Environmentalists are the big losers in the wake of the recent Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

U.N. Climate Conference in Bali, 2007

Dangerous assumptions:  The United Nations Climate Conference in Bali in 2007 set the world on a two-year path to negotiate a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.  Yet not even the most rosy-eyed delegate could fail to recognize that stabilizing atmospheric carbon-dioxide concentrations is an enormous undertaking.  Here we address the magnitude of the technological changes required to meet that challenge.  We argue that the size of this technology challenge has been seriously underestimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), diverting attention from policies that could directly stimulate technological innovation.

Global Carbon Tax Urged at UN Climate Conference.  A global tax on carbon dioxide emissions was urged to help save the Earth from catastrophic man-made global warming at the United Nations climate conference.  A panel of UN participants on Thursday [12/13/2007] urged the adoption of a tax that would represent "a global burden sharing system, fair, with solidarity, and legally binding to all nations."

Adaptation, not emission cuts.  Government officials from around the world have descended on the Indonesian resort island of Bali for two weeks of climate negotiations.  The talk is of a new Kyoto-like treaty, with global caps on emissions of greenhouse gases.  But such a treaty would harm the poor, hampering their adaptability to climate change, while doing little to prevent it.  The science of climate change remains hotly contested, with substantial disagreements over humanity's role and impact.  However, powerful interest groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars convincing us that without urgent reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases, the climate may warm uncontrollably, with disastrous effects.  As a result, there is considerable pressure on politicians to take action.

Bali diary:  Fortnight Of The Undead.  There was surreality in the air.  The overwhelming majority of the governmental delegates, journalists, quango stallholders, fortune-hunters and environmental lobbyists who attended the UN climate conference in the soulless Nusa Dua conference centre tottered aimlessly among the clumsily-constructed sets with lugubrious expressions frozen on their messily-made-up death-masks.  Monckton's Rule:  the further Left, the tackier the make-up.  The only laughter came from our gallant band of doubters, the heroes of this otherwise gloomy production.

Climate catastrophe?  Cool it!.  For many, the objective of climate change policy, debate and news reporting in 2007 seems to have been to 'shame' politicians and everybody else to take action on the threat of global warming, and account for human society's role in this apparent apocalypse.  Public enemy number one has been the USA, represented by the Bush administration.  The final push for 2007 came during two weeks in December, at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties in Bali.  American negotiators were booed towards the end of the conference for their refusal to sign up to specific carbon emissions cuts.

Climate change rallies, realities and sacrifices.  The consensus of 100 scientists is undone by one fact, Albert Einstein noted.  The United Nations and its Climate Cataclysm army of 15,000 in exotic Bali clearly understood that.  They were not about to let even one fact prevent them from promoting climate scares and a successor to the Kyoto treaty.  Gloom-and-doom scientists and bureaucrats owned Bali's podiums.  Radical environmentalists fumed and staged stunts.  Al Gore denounced President Bush, repeated myths that enthralled the Academy and Nobel committees, and demanded sacrifices — by others.

U.N. Climate Distractions:  The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just issued the final installment of its year-long scare-the-pants-off-the public assessment of global warming.  It should come as no surprise that, according to the U.N., 257 years of western development and progress has placed the Earth in imminent danger of utter disaster and that the only way to save the planet is to drink the U.N. Kool-Aid and knuckle under to global government-directed energy rationing and economic planning.

UN climate circus rolls in on CO2 cloud.  It has been billed as the summit that could help save the planet, but the latest United Nations climate change conference on the paradise island of Bali has itself become a major contributor to global warming.  Calculations suggest flying the 15,000 politicians, civil servants, green campaigners and television crews into Indonesia will generate the equivalent of 100,000 tonnes of extra CO2.

Great global warming debate a bunch of hot air.  For a couple of weeks in December, 10,000-odd politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, activists and journalists from over 100 countries invaded Bali for a conference on climate change that probably created enough carbon debits to keep a country like ours in hock for years.  And, of course, it generated vast amounts of hot air which, if global warming had anything to do with mankind's activities, would have seriously contributed to the problem.

Confronting the True Costs of Climate Change 'Prevention':  The mantra is repeated daily.  There is consensus on climate change.  Global warming is real.  It will be a disaster.  Humans are to blame.  We have to do something — immediately.  However, the consensus of 100 scientists is undone by one fact, Albert Einstein noted.  The United Nations and its Climate Cataclysm army of 15,000 in exotic Bali clearly understood that.  They were not about to let even one fact prevent them from promoting climate scares and a successor to the Kyoto treaty.

10,000 jet in for a 'green' junket.  Never have so many people converged to save the planet from the catastrophic effects of global warming, with more than 10,000 flying in to Indonesia's resort island of Bali.  Delegates include ministers, Nobel laureates and drought-stricken farmers, but critics say they are contributing to the very problem they aim to solve.  "Nobody denies this is an important event," said Chris Goodall, the author of How to Live a Low-Carbon Life.  "But huge numbers of people are going and their emissions are probably going to be greater than a small African country."

Global warmers set a hot pace at Bali.  The instant Kevin Rudd signed the paper on Monday [12/3/2007] to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, he signed away $150 million of [Australia's] money.  Or possibly as much as $2.5 billion, if reported leaks from senior government figures are right.  If that's what we lost on just day one of our new Kyoto future, imagine what this will cost us in the years ahead.

Bali Boondoggle:  As folks in the northern latitudes prepare for winter, global warming zealots are heading to the tropics to join in a gabfest about global warming.

Skeptical scientists urge world to 'Have the courage to do nothing' at UN conference.  Lord Christopher Monckton, a UK climate researcher, had a blunt message for UN climate conference participants on Monday [12/10/2007].  "Climate change is a non problem.  The right answer to a non problem is to have the courage to do nothing," Monckton told participants.  "The UN conference is a complete waste of our time and your money and we should no longer pay the slightest attention to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,)" Monckton added.

Can't you just smell it?  The 15,000 people attending the Bali conference lecture the rest of us to reduce our GHG emissions.  [However] You cannot credibly lecture ordinary citizens about reducing their GHG emissions at an 11-day UN conference held at a luxury resort on a vacation island paradise, which, by the time it ends tomorrow, will have generated GHG emissions equivalent to the annual output from a small African country.

Carbon Footprints Trample on Climate Conference's Aims.  With 11,000 participants from all over the world, the conference is the biggest yet.  And while all the delegates have come to Bali to talk about preventing global warming, the United Nations estimates that they will also emit 50,000 tons of greenhouse gases along the way.

Manic Misinterpretations of Climate Change Capitulation by US in Bali.  Much as the media completely misinterpreted what came out of the G-8 summit in Germany six months ago, press outlets today are applauding an agreement that fell far short of what global warming alarmists were hoping to achieve, and much like what transpired in June, resulted in absolutely no specific international carbon dioxide emissions cuts.

Bali Highs:  More than week after the big U.N. Climate Change Conference wrapped up in Bali last month, Ms. Henny-Penny, founder and now Recording Secretary of The Holy Order of The Sky is Falling, is finally back from that fabled isle herself. … For two weeks delegates from 180 countries talked endlessly, congratulating one another on their perspicacity for discovering that if they cranked down industrial society to a crawl they might reduce carbon emissions enough for the sky to begin ascending again.

March for a climate accord falters.  The UN climate summit stumbled last night towards a compromise for launching a new global agreement, but it fell well short of the expectations that many countries took to Bali.

Inconvenient Truths from Bali Climate Meeting US Media Must Ignore.  When it comes to current events involving global warming, if you have any interest in learning the facts, or at least a close approximation of them, you must rely upon foreign press outlets.  What transpired on Saturday [11/15/2007] is a perfect example of this maxim:  after the United States got virtually everything it wanted from the United Nations climate change conference in Bali, it gave in to a relatively minor demand from delegates of developing countries.

Global Warming Goals Revealed — Will Media Report?  NewsBuster Noel Sheppard reported on the global climate meetings in Bali, particularly the letter sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon by a number of prominent scientists stating that the global warming hysteria was overblown.  Now comes an attempt by US Senator James Inhofe to warn about the true goals of this movement.

U.S. drops opposition to Bali climate deal.  The United States on Saturday [12/15/2007] dropped opposition to a compromise deal at U.N. talks in Bali meant to launch negotiations on a global climate pact after appeals from several nations.  "We will go forward and join consensus," Paula Dobriansky, heading the U.S. delegation, told the 190-nation meeting to cheers from many in the audience, minutes after triggering boos by saying Washington was opposed.

Bali Who?  China is vastly expanding its factories and power plants — it is building another coal-fired power plant every seven to 10 days — and so opposed emission targets that would bind it. … China is already home to 20 of the world's 30 most polluted cities, but Su Wei, China's top climate expert in Bali, said the burden of reducing global warming pollution is one that belongs to the wealthy, not China.

The Algorism of Global Doom:  Algorism means "I'm always right, no matter how the facts turn out."  The trouble is that Algorism has now invaded science.  This is very bad.  Everybody knows that the conclusion of Global Doom is taken for granted by good and decent people everywhere — why else did the Bali circus happen, other than to divide up the loot that is bound to follow?  If there were no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow the UN wouldn't be interested.

Ethanol Loses Ground at U.N. Climate Conference.  Like many experts and economists, conference participants showed little enthusiasm for first-generation biofuels produced from agriculture — primarily from corn-based ethanol.  Biofuels are hitting consumers at the pump, at the grocery store, and even at tax time.  Without a doubt, the extremely high cost of biofuel production outweighs its supposed environmental benefits; biofuel production may actually harm the environment more than it helps.

Bush Sells Out America at U.N. Conference.  Our national "news" programs have been preoccupied with baseball players on steroids, but they should devote some attention to the Bush Administration's approval of a plan to put the United Nations on steroids.  Apparently looking to leave office with the blessings of the "international community," the Bush Administration just sold out American interests at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia.

Progressing past Al Gore:  "So," said Al Gore at the recent Bali, Indonesia, conference on global warming, "I am going to speak an inconvenient truth.  My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali.  We all know that."  Well, no, Al, what we all know is that a sufficient degree of disloyalty, pomposity, vengefulness and incompetence can lead people to dismiss truths that don't lend them credence.

BS alert!  BS alert!  First, whoever chose this luxury island resort to host this conference is a total BS artist.  Bali's primary industry is tourism.  The way you get to it is by flying.  That means its economy would collapse, as would that of many developing nations that have based their economies largely on tourism (and cheap air travel), if people ever get serious about fighting global warming.

A Solemn and Prolonged Farce.  The not-so-hidden agenda of the U.N. climate conference in Bali was clear for months — beat the United States into submission — and the long run-up to Bali was carefully choreographed, with no fewer than four major reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  All of them said the same thing:  Doom awaits unless we take drastic action now.

Bali Conference Highlights Global Warming Divisions.  The media "heroes" of the show were the Nobel Peace Prize winners:  the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had a prominent exhibit, and Al Gore, who turned up, attacked his own government, and was sharply disowned by United States delegates.  Almost everybody seemed to be greenwashed by the view that science has proved emissions of carbon dioxide are harming the climate and have to be reduced.  But there were many reservations voiced about the sort of measures being advocated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

UN Climate Summit in Durban, 2011

Even the Warmists Don't Believe In Global Warming.  The Durban conference was the seventeenth conference of its kind.  They have been held annually since 1995 in places such as Geneva (in July 1996) and Bali (in December 2007).  Don't hold your breath for one to be held in Newark, New Jersey, or Fargo, North Dakota.  The meeting in Durban provided an opportunity for Progressives to make their latest argument that ordinary people should surrender their freedom and hand all money and power over to unelected, unaccountable "experts" like, well, the people at the conference.  This is, of course, in order to "save the planet" from "climate change".

UN Calls For Eco-Fascist World Government At Durban Summit.  Bureaucrats at the UN Climate Summit in Durban have outlined plans for the most draconian, harebrained and madcap climate change treaty ever produced, under which the west would be mandated to respect "the rights of Mother Earth" by paying a "climate debt" which would act as a slush fund for bankrolling an all-powerful world government.

Climate Change Debate is about Global Wealth Redistribution.  Conferees at the climate talks in Durban, South Africa feared that they would close the conference with no deal, but on Sunday [12/11/2011] in the waning moments after a heated debate, they were able to stitch together a package that the chair said "saved tomorrow, today."  That's lofty rhetoric for an arrangement that is less about preventing global warming than it is about redistributing global wealth.

U.N. Floats Global 'Climate Court' to Enforce Emissions Rules.  United Nations climate envoys have proposed the creation of a global "climate court" that would be responsible for enforcing a sprawling set of rules requiring developed countries to cut emissions while compensating poorer countries in order to pay off a "historical climate debt."  The proposals are contained in a draft document pieced together for the climate conference in Durban, South Africa.

Senator Inhofe Dances On the Climate Change Grave.  The United Nations is holding a "climate change" conference in Durban, even as the last shreds of credibility are being sandblasted away from the climate change movement by the latest ClimateGate emails.  Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who attended a previous climate change summit as a skeptic, decided to send a video message to Durban, in which he gets in their faces and taunts them.

Obama nixes UN climate fund.  Climate Change/Global Warming jumped the shark two years ago at Copenhagen when they met in a rare Danish blizzard.  Even President Obama — who never met an excuse to vacation that he didn't like — is skipping the Durban, South Africa, confab on Climate Change/Global Warming, and President Obama is blocking spending of a $100 billion Green Climate Fund because the United States and Saudi Arabia disagree with the rest on how the money should be spent.

Carbon-Credits System Tarnished by WikiLeaks Revelation.  As the world gears up for the next round of United Nations climate-change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, in November, evidence has emerged that a cornerstone of the existing global climate agreement, the international greenhouse-gas emissions-trading system, is seriously flawed.

Rio Earth Summit, 1992

The UN Wildlands Project.  The UN issued several policies at the 1992 Earth Summit, one of which was the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  Compliance with this UN policy is being driven and managed by the Wildlands Network which shares the same goals as the CBD; to set aside half the land in America for animals.

Environmental Hazards.  The partisan bad faith of the organized environmental establishment is glaring.  Consider the case of the first President Bush, who pushed hard for a new Clean Air Act in 1990 (most environmental groups boycotted the signing ceremony on the White House lawn, though), and then went to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, signing the U.N. treaty on climate change that set the Kyoto Protocol process in motion, and also signing a major biodiversity treaty.  So how many environmental groups endorsed Bush for reelection in 1992?  In round numbers:  zero.

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