The United Nations annual IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) lavish-extravaganza climate conference party at Doha city, Qatar, in the Persian Gulf, ended in utter-disaster, with absolutely nothing accomplished, just like previous conferences.
DOHA COP18, (Conference Of the Parties, 18th such meeting) was hosted by the little country that produces the highest per-capita volume of greenhouse gases in the world.
Some 7,000 delegates, mostly public tax-dollar-funded observers who went there to save the planet, disappointed, left their five-star, air-conditioned hotels and restaurants in limousines to the airport for return jet flights home. That ought to teach others to cut down on CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, right?
According to CFACT (Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow), those controlling the agenda initiated a paperless policy depriving delegates of daily programs or copies of negotiating instruments to keep them less informed. There were many complaints of the difficulty in getting up to date info or input in the process. It was determined this ploy saved 217 trees!
They practiced fatigue strategy overtime negotiations past 3 a.m. one night. Next day at the 11th hour they inserted a Loss and Damage Mechanism into the final text, which would require developed countries (like Canada) to pay poor nations for climate damages supposedly resulting from extreme weather events.
In spite of such methods, there was not even a single new pledge to cut pollution from a single emitter.
Kyoto-1 expires in 2014, and may be extended until 2020, but it is meaningless, as only 37 of 194 countries signed on, which renders it internationally non-binding.
Green activists are close to despair at not making any progress, but cheer up, lads and lassies, there will be plenty more wasted tax-dollar climate junkets in the future.
Canada withdrew last year from the Kyoto protocol. Japan and New Zealand also precluded themselves from anything coming out of COP18. The USA never did sign on to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
Emerging market countries like China, India, Indonesia, Brazil etc. want to grow their economies with economical coal, oil, and natural gas energy, therefore CO2 will continue to increase.
The conference did determine that, in spite of substantial CO2 increases, our world has not increased in temperature for the last 16 years.
The UN isn't only involved in climate treaties. With Agenda 21 it is seeking worldwide control over the Internet, the oceans, total environmental control, control of private property, gun control, control of education, political control, parental control of children, and much more.
Roland Seguin, Langley
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