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UN Climate Official Quits – Not In Tears

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Top UN climate official resigning


February 18, 2010

AMSTERDAM — Top U.N. climate change official Yvo de Boer told The Associated Press Thursday that he was resigning after nearly four years, a period when governments struggled without success to agree on a new global warming deal.

His departure takes effect July 1, five months before 193 nations are due to reconvene in Mexico for another attempt to reach a binding worldwide accord on controlling greenhouse gases.

De Boer is known to be deeply disappointed with outcome of the last summit in Copenhagen, which drew 120 world leaders but failed to reach more than a vague promise by several countries to limit carbon emissions — and even that deal fell short of consensus.

But he denied to the AP that his decision to quit was a result of frustration with Copenhagen

Funny how the AP doesn’t even consider that the recent and seemingly endless scandals now known as ‘Climategate’ could be a factor.

And, sadly enough, they probably aren’t.

The media-savvy former Dutch civil servant and climate negotiator was widely credited with raising the profile of climate issues through his frequent press encounters and his backstage lobbying of world leaders.

But his constant travel and frenetic diplomacy failed to bridge the suspicions and distrust between developing and industrial countries that barred the way to a final agreement at the climate change summit in Copenhagen in December.

People who know de Boer say he was more disheartened by the snail-paced negotiations than he was ready to admit

Deb Boer, 55, was appointed in 2006 to shepherd through an agreement to succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which required industrial countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions an average 5 percent.

He said the high point of his efforts was the agreement by developing countries, reached at the 2007 conference in Bali, Indonesia, to join in efforts to contain global warming in return for financial and technical help from the wealthy nations.

The Bali meeting was so intense that during its final meeting, when he was accused of mishandling negotiating arrangements, de Boer walked off the podium in tears. He came back later to an ovation from the thousands of delegates.

And this is what he calls his "high point."

His assertiveness sometimes led to accusations that he was overstepping the bounds of a neutral U.N. facilitator.

"They are absolutely right. I did that because I felt the process needed that extra push," he told the AP.

When he was hired, he said, he told U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, "If you want someone to sit in Bonn and keep his mouth shut then I’m not the right person for the job."

We missed the explanation as to how our hero came to be elected to be king of the world Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the first place.

For the record, Mr. De Boer has a ‘technical degree’ in social work from the Netherlands.

With such an impressive scientific background like, it’s no wonder Mr. De Boer was put in charge of telling the world what to do to avoid the certain catastrophe of man-made ‘global warming.’

After all, income redistribution really is social work.

Yet De Boer habitually put a positive spin on events.

Yes, these professionally hysteric climate alarmists are famous for that. Despite their tears.

Though he occasionally chastised governments, he did it in diplomatic tones. At times when his aides were describing him as "furious" — especially with the administration of George W. Bush — de Boer kept his public comments so modulated that it sounded like praise.

What amazing restraint.

Imagine having a mere President of the United States standing in your way, when you are the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

De Boer said he will be a consultant on climate and sustainability issues for KPMG, a global accounting firm, and will be associated with several universities.

So in the final paragraph of this article we get the real reason Mr. De Bore is giving up saving the world from itself. Filthy lucre.

Being “a consultant on climate and sustainability issues for KPMG,” one of the biggest accounting firms in the world, must be almost as lucrative as working with Al Gore.

Which may help explain how Mr. De Bore was able to hold back his tears during the announcement.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “UN Climate Official Quits – Not In Tears”

  1. proreason says:

    “Being “a consultant on climate and sustainability issues for KPMG,” one of the biggest accounting firms in the world, must be almost as lucrative as working with Al Gore.”

    fyi, the partners in large consulting companies are paid multiple millions per year in salary, and often more than that in equity.

    And they aren’t really consultants. They are salemen.

    Just like Al Toad.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Hey, I’ve got a degree in computer science, do you think I could get me one of these consulting jobs? I figure that is as least as relevant as being a social worker and I probably know more about the climate than crying boy.

    Good work if you can get it.

  3. canary says:

    Mr. De bore was more qualified than Obama’s original global czar, Van Jones.

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