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‘Climate Change’ Hysteric Busts Out Crying

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

[AFP caption:] UN Climate Chief Yvo De Boer (L) gestures next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (C) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a meeting in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali.

Floods of tears as climate change ‘hard man’ breaks down at summit

By MARTIN DELGADO – 15th December 2007

He is known as the “hard man” of climate-change negotiation.

But after 12 exhausting days of trying to reach a worldwide agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it was suddenly all too much for Yvo de Boer.

As the 200-nation Bali conference wrangled over a minor procedural matter, the Dutch diplomat in charge of the talks burst into tears and had to be led away by colleagues.

Moments earlier, Mr de Boer had been warning delegates that failure to reach an agreement on global warming could “plunge the world into conflict”.

Officials from China, which feels Western countries should do more to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, accused UN negotiators of ignoring conference protocol.

Mr de Boer, distinctively dressed in a floral shirt, stepped up to the microphone to defend his staff – only to find that the words would no longer come.

As his unfinished sentences trailed away, he broke down and walked off the platform to supportive applause.

“He wasn’t just wiping his eyes, he was in floods of tears,” said one observer.

“Three colleagues – one of them a woman – formed a protective group around him and escorted him out of the hall. It was all very dramatic.”

Mr de Boer’s breakdown came after nearly a fortnight of squabbling over proposals to cut carbon emissions…

The deal will come as a relief to Mr de Boer, who is known in the Netherlands for his passionate advocacy on the subject.

His reputation as an incisive –and tireless – negotiator has earned him the “hard man” tag.

However, former colleagues said his behaviour in Bali was not entirely out of character.

Political adviser Matthijs Spits said: “We Dutch can become quite emotional –surprisingly so for other nations who think we are cold.”

If these old women had just had children they wouldn’t be subject to such fits of hysteria.

Oh, wait…

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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