Cancún, Mexico's record-setting low temperature during the "global warming" conference did not cool the "hot air" at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties 16.
At 5:18 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, Mexican President Felipe Calderón proclaimed the meeting a success and announced next year's confab in Durban, South Africa. That meeting will be another step on their way to a "legally-binding" document they hope to produce in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012, a.k.a. Rio+20 signifying 20 years since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.
Key elements of the Cancún Agreement include:
Wealth redistribution and taxing authority are clear objectives in each of these elements. The U.N. already has three branches of government: executive (un-elected bureaucrats), legislative (delegation meetings) and judicial (the International Criminal Court). But unlike a government, it lacks the authority to TAX. The process established to design the $100 billion annual Green Fund under the Conference of the Parties could grant them that authority.
- President Obama's commitment in Copenhagen last year to reduce greenhouse gases by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 is now officially recognized by the U.N. The U.S. is to create a low-carbon development plan and strategy, and assess how they plan to meet them, including through market mechanisms, then to report their inventories annually to the U.N. It is incredulous for the U.N. to demand that a sovereign nation pass laws to fit the U.N.'s political agenda, but that is essentially what they did! In light of the November 2nd elections, "cap & trade/tax" legislation that would destroy the American economy while having a negligible impact on the environment, is unlikely to pass. But we must remain vigilant concerning the president's abuse of Executive Orders and the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the unscientific radical environmental agenda.
- Poor countries' actions to reduce emissions will also be officially recognized by the U.N. and a registry will be set up to record and match developing country mitigation actions to finance and technology support from by rich countries. Poor countries must publish progress reports every two years.
- Parties meeting under the Kyoto Protocol (the U.S. is not a party) must continue negotiations with the aim of completing their work and ensuring there is no gap between the first and second commitment periods of the treaty. The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanisms were strengthened to drive more major investments and technologies to the developing world.
- A set of new initiatives and institutions were launched to deploy money and technology for poor countries to plan and build their own sustainable futures.
- Added to the Cancún Agreement are the $30 billion Fast Start Fund by 2012 and the $100 billion annual Green Fund by 2020 that President Obama committed to last year in Copenhagen.
- A process was established to design the $100 billion Green Climate Fund under the Conference of the Parties, with a board that equally represents rich and poor countries. The design will probably be for a tax on international shipping and aviation.
- A new "Cancún Adaptation Framework" was established to plan and implement adaptation projects in poor countries through increased financial and technical support from rich countries. It includes a process for continuing work on loss and damage (a call for more money for weather-related damages that poor countries believe are caused by the industrialized world's greenhouse gas emissions).
- Rich countries will give more money and technological gifts to poor countries to prevent deforestation and forest degradation.
- A Technology Executive Committee and Climate Technology Centre and Network was created to increase money and technology for adaptation and mitigation of greenhouse gases.
On November 2nd, Americans voted against this economic transformational agenda, but we must remain eternally vigilant to stand for agreements based on science, rather than on a global political agenda. The U.N. clearly intends next year's meeting in Durban, South Africa, to get them closer to their ultimate goal for a U.N. taxing scheme and a legally-binding political agreement in Rio in 2012.
Americans can preempt this scheme by making national sovereignty under the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law major issues during the 2012 presidential campaigns, and by electing a new president in 2012.