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Cancun climate talks: Island states plead for survival

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Among the delegates from 190 nations wrestling over international climate agreements in Cancun this week, there is nary a hint of the skepticism over global warming that has surfaced in the U.S. Congress, where oil, coal and other industrial interests have battled climate legislation to a standstill.

Floods in Pakistan, fires in Russia, typhoons in Vietnam, drought in Mexico -- every nation seems to have a tale of climate-related woe.  The most vulnerable nations include the small island states of the Pacific, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, which are threatened by rising seas, stronger hurricanes and fresh water shortages.

Ronny Jumeau, a delegate from the 150-island archipelago of Seychelles, has a message for the United States -- the only major greenhouse-gas emitter which declined to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to limit planet-heating pollution: “If we sink, Manhattan sinks.”

Are the big countries paying attention? “President Obama’s heart is in the right place, but he can’t deliver,” says Jumeau, one of 9,000 diplomats, scientists and technicians negotiating in Cancun.

Many developing nations, such as China and India, have other agendas.  Saudi Arabia has emerged as an opponent of small island initiatives. “The island nations are very aggressive,” says U.N. Foundation President Timothy Wirth, a former U.S. negotiator. But their voices get buried.”

Read more in a Times story about Jumeau and the Alliance of Small Island States, a negotiating bloc of 43 countries which is creating a stir at the Cancun talks.

-- Margot Roosevelt

Photo: A balloon, launched by Greenpeace, rises next to the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  Credit: Greenpeace

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Global Warming = Global Finance.

All the usual suspects are now installed at the latest climate jolly in the fabulous beach resort of Cancun, Mexico. Sadly so far only 170 words out of 1,300 required for the two pages of a key text have been accepted and corruption has become a significant obstacle to any agreement. A suspiciously high correlation is emerging between the list of nations claiming damages for potential global warming and the accepted list of the world’s most corrupt states. Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mexico, South Africa, India, Brazil, China, Russia and various small Pacific states feature prominently in both lists. The chance of any deal being struck has been made even more remote now China is insisting that Western industrialized nations self-destruct as per Kyoto.

Decades of hysterical fear mongering and out right science fraud concerning global warming and climate change have created a sort of “green fatigue.” Climate has become a goldmine of scary propaganda to fatten eco-group fundraising. Al Gore would become the world’s first “carbon billionaire.” Global government regulators have spent (or proposed to spend) hundreds of billions of dollars to control climate based primarily upon U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and policies.

Last year’s “climategate” scandal began with the publication of thousands of U.N. climate scientist e-mails that revealed their eco-biases. These biases may be mitigated by the Inter Academy Council (IAC) reforms that would end the chronic exaggerations about global warming coming from the U.N.

What remains as disturbing about the U.N.’s climate culture is the socialist governance that has now been openly advocated by members of the IPCC. Several members meeting this week in Cancun at the annual conference to replace the 2012-expiring Kyoto Protocols have spoken in pure Marxist-socialist principles – wealth redistribution.

A Chinese member said that multi-billion dollar Western developed-nation payments would be the key to success of the Cancun meeting. And, co-chairman of the IPCC's third working group, Ottmar Edenhofer, has stated, "One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy.... One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy."

The IPCC meeting in Cancun is not expected to accomplish much more than to subtly shift the operative regulatory language from “climate change” to “global biodiversity,” and attempt to shakedown developed countries for billions in order to fund underdeveloped countries under the guise of environmental and social justice. Karl Marx would be most proud.

It is clear that socialist ideologies and cultish environmentalism have replaced prudent science and economics in U.N. climate policy. Militant environmentalism and green-obsessed bureaucrats have become an “axis of antagonism” that we can no longer afford.

moneygrab states: "I hate people who lie, period."

I'm sorry to hear that you're so self-loathing. I've heard the medical profession has good meds for that.

"A Money Grab" denies this is the hottest year on record, but the evidence is compelling. It comes from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, using data that dates back to the 1880s:

Given the choice between reputable scientists and some guy on the internet, I'll take the science.

If you read the previous article, you would know this is nothing more than about getting billions from rich countries and nothing more. I have been to some of these islands and they build resorts right on the beach. Weather goes in cycles as everyone knows. I read where this was the warmest year on record, I don't think so. Last week we had a solid week of low's in the 20's, unheard of for this time of year. No it's not the opposite effect as some want you to believe. Floods in Pakistan, fires in Russia, typhoons in Vietnam, drought in Mexico ... These are all common occurances for these countries. I've been in Vietnam and can attest to that regarding typhoons. I hate people who lie, period.

Yet another trotting out of tired old tropes that aren't true - the sea levels for these islands aren't rising at any sort of dangerous level, hurricanes aren't getting any stronger, and fresh water shortages aren't driven by CO2 emissions.

What we should be doing is providing cheap energy to these developing nations, so they can bring themselves out of poverty.

Hiya Margot:

How much dialogue is there about "taming" global population as a way of easing global warming? After all, this is the biggie!

Bill Patzert, Sierra Madre, CA


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