United Nations Meeting, Poznań, Poland |
By Pat Carlson, Environmental Chairman, Eagle Forum, 817-819-8020
|Further Reading: United Nations|
|Dec. 2, 2008|
Conference of the Parties COP14
I've gone from national politics to international politics in attending the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis to now attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 14) being held in Poznan, Poland for the next two weeks. For those of you who do not speak UN-speak, COP stands for Conference of the Parties and you guessed it, they have met at least 14 times.
The UN global warming debate began when President Bush 41 (daddy Bush) signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Then in 1997 when Bill Clinton was President, UNFCCC held a conference in Kyoto, Japan producing the Kyoto Protocol. The Republican controlled Senate passed the Byrd-Hagel Resolution (95-0) stating the sense of the US Senate was the US should not be a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, because it "could result in serious harm to the US economy, including significant job loss, trade disadvantages, increased energy and consumer cost." This was primarily because the Protocol did not require developing countries like China and India to comply with mandates to reduce carbon emissions but only developed countries like the US.
Clinton and Gore wanted to sign-on to this document but a President signing a treaty implies it will then be ratified by the Senate. So when Al Gore spoke at Kyoto, he knew the US senate was not behind him.
President George W. Bush (43) didn't sign-on to the Kyoto Protocol out of principle and the atmosphere at UN conferences has been filled with constant criticism for his administration ever since.
Since President Bush is out of office in less than two months, the delegation attending this meeting is just keeping the seats warm for the Obama delegation. It seems the UN bureaucrats and some heads of state believe Obama to have already taken office as he is constantly referred to and quoted with great enthusiasm. The quotes come from a speech delivered by Obama via video to a conference held by Arnold Schwarzenegger on climate change on November 18, 2008.
The favorite quotes are:
"My presidency will mark a new chapter in America 's leadership on climate change..." and "any nation that's willing to join the cause of combating climate change will have an ally in the United States of America."
He went so far as to send a special message to delegates attending this conference, "Let me also say a special word to the delegates from around the world who will gather at Poland next month: your work is vital to the planet. While I won't be president at the time of your meeting and while the United States has only one president at a time, I've asked members of Congress who are attending the conference as observers to report back to me on what they learn there. And once I take office, you can be sure that the United States will once again engage vigorously in these negotiations, and help lead the world toward a new era of global cooperation on climate change." Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is expected to attend COP14 and report back to Obama.
Needless to say, the global warming advocates love Obama. Our country isn't going to love him after he institutes a cap and trade system that will further devastate our economy.
It was after Kyoto the meetings or "Conference of the Parties" began. The main focus of this conference is to find a way to make it mandatory for the "rich" western countries to pay for their crime of carbon emissions. A proposal to tax flights and shipping but only for those "rich" countries is most likely. The money is intended for developing countries like China and India. They also need a transfer of technology free of charge. The UN has estimated the cost to punish western countries and cleanup developing countries at about $86 Billion per year.
During the next 10 days this conference will be graced with the presence of Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and many heads of state. Most people back home are living their lives by going to work and raising their families and just trying to make ends meet. Most people of faith back home are preparing to celebrate the coming birthday of the Savior of the world. Most people back home have no idea there is another group of people planning the future of the world. Another group of people who's faith is wrapped-up in their efforts to save the planet.