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UN Elitists Hold Delegates Hostage at Climate Change Conference

by Pat Carlson
Eagle Forum Environmental Chairman

Further Reading: United Nations / Global Warming
2011 REPORTS: Nov. 29 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Dec. 6 Dec. 8a Dec. 8b Dec. 10 Dec. 12 Dec. 21
December 21, 2011
The 17th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 17) held in Durban, South Africa ended at 5 a.m. on December 11th, running two days past the scheduled conclusion, making it the longest climate conference in UN history (16 days). COP 17 President Nkoana-Mashabane could have ended the conference at any time with just the sound of her gavel, but she, along with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, chose to keep delegates working overtime through Friday and Saturday nights until the desired outcome was achieved. Delegates held hostage, suffering from sleep deprivation and scheduling deadlines (i.e. flights home) will eventually agree to anything.

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Climate change conferences have been deadlocked since COP 15 in 2009. The U.S. has refused to sign onto anything legally binding until all countries are held accountable for their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including so-called "poor" developing countries like China and India, which are now number one and three in worldwide emissions. The U.S., a developed country, is number two.

The UN elitists needed to have movement in this regard to give legitimacy to any future meetings. COP 18 is already scheduled to take place in the oil rich Arab State of Qatar in 2012. The 2012-2013 budget for the COPs is $122,504,000 with the U.S. being assessed at the highest rate of 22% (approximately $27 million).

The conference was still at an impasse at 3 a.m. Sunday morning between developing countries (India, China, Brazil and S. Africa) and the European Union. India insisted that the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" (CBDR) be stated in the text. The CBDR principle assumes that rich developed countries have been primarily responsible for GHG emissions and should be punished by GHG caps, while poorer developing nations should be exempt. Finally at 4 a.m., delegates "huddled" and a compromise was reached by inserting one phrase, "an agreed outcome." The full sentence reads:

The COP "decides to launch a process to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or 'an agreed outcome' with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties through a subsidiary body under the Convention hereby established and to be known as the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action."

COP 17 made decisions on four fronts:

  1. Platform requires a working group to establish legally binding requirements for all Parties by 2015 to go into effect in 2020;
  2. Creates the architecture of the Green Climate Fund (a fund of $100 billion per year to be given to developing countries by 2020), but it does not name specific funding sources;
  3. The commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol was extended five to seven years past its current expiration date of 2012;
  4. Sets up a new UN Climate Technology Center to facilitate technology transfers to developing nations, finding ways around Intellectual Property Rights (patents) barriers.

An intergenerational change has taken place at UN climate change conferences as 75% of attendees from green groups are under the age of 30. These young people (YP) were children when the original UNFCCC was negotiated in 1992. They have been raised to believe there is a life-threatening crisis hanging over their generation, and if something isn't done, planet earth will be destroyed. YP have been trained to believe capitalism is evil and has caused all the environmental damage. YP believe in climate justice (reparations for damages done), global socialism and citizenship. A 14-year old from Germany put it well: "Scientists can tell us each year exactly how much CO2 the environment can safely absorb. . . . We can then take that amount and divide it by the number of people on the planet. Whoever wants more . . . can buy it from the market for CO2 rights."

During the last hours of COP 17, it was young people who held disruptive demonstrations in the hallways of the conference center. It was YP who heckled the head of the U. S delegation Todd Stern during his remarks in the plenary session, and it was YP who held a press conference demanding action, "We want money and we want it now!" Even though these YP were not in the room where delegates were meeting, they were disseminating information and making demands of delegates via Twitter and Facebook.

UN elitists have no shame in creating and using the fears of children. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled a tragic story of a child in Kiribati who could not sleep soundly for fear he would be stolen away in the night by a rising ocean.

Immediately after the COP was adjourned, success was proclaimed by COP 17 President Mashabane stating, "We have taken crucial steps forward for the common good and the global citizenry today." UNFCCC Executive Secretary Figueres said, we've "laid the path for a much broader regime into the future that will be applicable to all in a legal way." U.S. delegate Todd Stern said, "We got the kind of symmetry we have been focused on since the beginning of the Obama administration." In case you had any doubts, the UN agenda is the agenda of President Obama.

These elitists actually believe China will allow its thriving economy to be jeopardized by a legally binding agreement. The three-word logjam breaker was nothing more than an 'escape hatch' for developing countries that have to 'agree' to an outcome before it becomes legally binding.

Again the U.S., in its need to show compromise, is giving away the store. Developed countries have gained nothing, while developing countries are still on the receiving end with no meaningful obligations.

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