|EXCLUSIVE!||October 30, 1999|
|REPORTS: Oct. 25 Oct. 29 Oct. 30 Nov. 1 Nov. 3 Nov. 5|
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 5)BONN, GERMANY, October 30, 1999 -- A brochure presented to conferees asks the question, "Can we predict the climate for the 21st century?" As I lifted the brochure from the table, I asked the question of several official delegates from differing countries standing around the table. Every one of them laughed as they responded, NO! I asked the follow-up, "Then what are we doing here? It seems there must be an alternative agenda." Each of them smiled politely then walked away.
First Week Review, UN Conference in Bonn, Germany
Report by Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams.
The two UN agencies using political arm-twisting to push the unscientific "global warming" theory are the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Development Program (UNDP). While scientific evidence does not prove human activities cause "global warming," the UNEP and UNDP agenda is to "reduce scientific uncertainty about climate change," harmonize greenhouse gas measuring methods "to ensure comparable results," link environmental issues to "population size, level of affluence and choice of technologies," and "establish national public outreach programs." Their predetermined outcome is to redistribute wealth, Marxism.
"According to the UN Charter, everybody is born equal, and has inalienable rights to enjoy modern technological civilization. Today the per capita consumption [of natural resources] is just one tenth of that of the developed countries, one eighth of that of medium developed countries," claims Dr. Son Jian, State Counselor with responsibility for Climate Change and Population, to the China council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. The Red Chinese know a "gift-horse" when they see one, and the Climate Change treaty is it!
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan calls the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol "a solid foundation for long-term action." "Building institutions" (bureaucracies), "data-gathering", setting "targets" and designing a "system to ensure compliance" are "signs of a maturing international regime," explains Annan. "The Convention and the Protocol are moving with this tide" leading to "green profits." Beware of the "maturing international regime!"
In a brochure entitled, "The International Climate Agenda," the UN states that "governments need to recognize the close interrelations and interdependence that exists between national programs and the international programs which governments have helped to design." U.S. participation in this UN conference obliterates national sovereignty.
David Hales, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Agency for International Development (USAID) is a member of the Clinton-appointed American delegation. He claims "climate change is not an academic phenomena," therefore "people need real choices to change citizens' behavior since at COP 5 [this meeting], the President recognizes we cannot wait…climate change is real." America must "privatize production of electricity [according to international rules], have good forestry uses [according to international rules], increase the capacity of developing countries to participate and be able to predict weather better [redistribute wealth and technologies to developing countries]." The Clinton administration are betrayers of the American dream.
Joining Hales at U.S. press conferences this week was Mark Hambley, alternate head of the U.S. delegation. Hambly has led the U.S. negotiating team at numerous climate change conferences. He was Ambassador in Qatar during the Gulf War. Also in the delegation is Jefferson Seabright, Executive Director of the White House Task Force on Climate Change. Seabright was formerly with USAID and has worked for Senators John D. Rockefeller IV and Timothy Wirth. The fox is in charge of the hen house!
During a field trip to the Mulheim-Karlich nuclear power plant, I received an introduction to the issue of nuclear production of electricity. Everyone agrees that disposal of radioactive waste is the greatest negative to nuclear energy, however, it produces no greenhouse gases which the radical environmentalists claim causes global warming. They also oppose hydropower that produces about 11% of our electricity. Nuclear plants produce about 20% of America's electricity.
In a statement to The Washington Post National Weekly Edition, October 25, 1999, presidential candidate George W. Bush claims to "oppose the Kyoto Protocol." A closer look at his position, however, reveals that he believes there is global warming, but opposes the "current" Kyoto Protocol. In other words, he believes the Kyoto Protocol can be altered in order to become acceptable. Remember, his father signed the original Climate Change Treaty in 1992 that put America into the UN's web.
The infamous Greenpeace organization is represented in Bonn by Bill Hare, their climate policy leader. He said this week, "Climate change is here now-temperatures are increasing, the Arctic is melting and sea levels are rising-but there is a disturbing lack of urgency in the international political negotiations which are currently moving at a snail's pace." Since none of his catastrophic claims are scientific, his comments seem to reveal a preference for snail darters over humans.
What a week it was!