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Copenhagen Walkout Causes Flop Sweat

From a très désolée Agence France-Pressee:

Walkout in Copenhagen heightens fears of failure

by Richard Ingham

December 14, 2009

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – The UN climate summit hit major turbulence Monday when developing nations walked out of key negotiations and China accused the West of trickery, as the spectre of failure loomed heavily over Copenhagen.

As campaigners warned that negotiators had five days to avert climate chaos, ministers acknowledged they had to start making progress before the arrival of 120 heads of state for the summit’s climax on Friday.

Sources said the developing countries walked out of working groups at the start of the second week of negotiations here, angered that the conference was weakening in support for the Kyoto Protocol, the core emissions-curbing treaty

The move was unleashed by African countries, with the support of the G77 group of developing countries.

They refused to continue negotiations unless talks on a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol were given priority over broader discussions on a "long-term vision" for cooperative action on climate change.

The Kyoto Protocol ties the rich countries — but not developing countries — that have ratified it to binding emissions curbs.

It does not include the United States, which says the Protocol is unfair as the binding targets do not apply to developing giants that are already huge emitters of greenhouse gases.

"Africa has pulled the emergency cord to avoid a train crash at the end of the week," said Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam International.

The walkout delivered another blow to the summit which has already been marred by spats between China and the United States.

A top Western negotiator, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a round-table session of around 50 environment ministers Sunday had been soured by "growing tensions between the Americans and Chinese," saying delegates had merely repeated their previous stances rather than giving ground.

"At the back of everyone’s mind is the fear of a repeat of the awful scenario in The Hague," she told AFP, referring to a climate conference in 2000 on completing the rulebook for the Kyoto Protocol that broke up angrily without agreement.

In an apparent concession, China said it might not take a share of any Western funding for emerging nations to fight climate change.

But in a pointer to the tensions backstage, Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said China would not be the fall guy if there were a fiasco.

"I know people will say if there is no deal that China is to blame. This is a trick played by the developed countries. They have to look at their own position and can’t use China as an excuse," he told the Financial Times

Campaigners were even blunter, with Greenpeace saying the summit had five days "to avert climate chaos" and that emissions targets so far offered by Western leaders such as US President Barack Obama amounted to "peanuts".

The gathering’s daunting goal is to tame greenhouse gases — the invisible by-product derived mainly from the burning of coal, oil and gas that traps the Sun’s heat and warms the atmosphere.

Scientists say that without dramatic action within the next decade, Earth will be on course for warming that will inflict drought, flood, storms and rising sea levels, translating into hunger and misery for many millions.

The stakes were underlined when a new UN report said that some 58 million people have been affected by 245 natural calamities so far this year, more than 90 percent of them weather events amplified by climate change.

And a study from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an intergovernmental group, said climate change threatens the survival of dozens of animal species from the emperor penguin to Australian koalas.

If all goes well, the conference will agree an outline deal of national pledges to curb carbon emissions and set up a mechanism to provide billions of dollars in help for poor countries in the firing line of climate change.

This article is amazingly vague and confusing, even by the AFP’s standards. Probably purposefully so.

The move was unleashed by African countries, with the support of the G77 group of developing countries. They refused to continue negotiations unless talks on a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol were given priority over broader discussions on a "long-term vision" for cooperative action on climate change.

But we can safely assume this means the G77 do not feel they are going to get enough money from the ‘rich countries.’

Speaking of which:

In an apparent concession, China said it might not take a share of any Western funding for emerging nations to fight climate change.

Isn’t that kind of ‘poor little’ China?

Meanwhile, more unfounded hysteria is added to the pile by our unquestioning watchdog media, such as this:

Scientists say that without dramatic action within the next decade, Earth will be on course for warming that will inflict drought, flood, storms and rising sea levels, translating into hunger and misery for many millions.

And this:

The stakes were underlined when a new UN report said that some 58 million people have been affected by 245 natural calamities so far this year, more than 90 percent of them weather events amplified by climate change.

If these ‘scientists’ and UN experts turn out to be wrong, as they have been for the last ten years, can we execute them for crimes against humanity?

If not, why not?

Won’t trillions of dollars that could have been used to feed and clothe and house the poor have been squandered on their nonsense?

And once again our objective media lets their mask slip:

If all goes well, the conference will agree an outline deal of national pledges to curb carbon emissions and set up a mechanism to provide billions of dollars in help for poor countries in the firing line of climate change.

If “all goes well,” nothing will be done in Copenhagen.

  Update!

From a cheering Reuters:

U.N. talks to resume after African protest

By Krittivas Mukherjee And Pete Harrison

December 14, 2009

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – African nations agreed to resume U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen on Monday after a half-day suspension, accusing rich countries of trying to kill the existing Kyoto Protocol.

"We’re going back," Pa Ousman Jarju from the delegation of Gambia, told Reuters after a meeting of the African group.

The protest held up a session due to start at 1030 GMT, just four days before a summit of 110 leaders aims to agree a U.N. pact to combat global warming that could bring more heatwaves, floods and rising sea levels.

He said that the Danish hosts gave assurances that there would be more focus on African nations’ demands for an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the existing pact for curbing emissions of greenhouse gases.

Monday’s session of the 192-nation meeting was to seek ways to end deadlock on core issues as part of a sweeping new deal meant to limit global warming and rein in extreme weather patterns that scientists see intensifying in coming decades.

Australian Climate Minister Penny Wong accused the African nations of staging a "walkout" and said it was "not the time for procedural games" so close to the end of the December 7-18 meeting of more than 20,000 participants…

Whew!

We were worried that these ‘poor countries’ might not let us send them more billions of US taxpayers’ dollars in the name of climate change.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Copenhagen Walkout Causes Flop Sweat”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Never before have I paid much attention to one of these conferences and to be honest, it’s very enlightening to watch and listen as poor nations beg for money, act insulted and spoiled and refuse to take the cupcake without any frosting. Additionally the accepted myth that developed countries are bad and need to help bring along undeveloped nations is so blatantly false that most children can see through it.

    If history tells us anything at all, the crime, the tribal warfare and the human embarrassment known as the third world will continue because they want it to.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Third World Temper Tantrum on display before the heads of the world gather Friday.

    I say “Take your filthy, fecal smeared marbles and go back to your thatch huts!”
    “NO SOUP FOR YOU!”

  3. proreason says:

    It’s fascinating to see the angry maneuvering between the 3rd world sadist dictators and the wannabee future global Conmen-Czars as each group struggles to confiscate the wealth of the golden geese in America, Europe, and Asia.

  4. pagar says:

    “confiscate the wealth of the golden geese in America” There is no golden goose- That’s the whole problem. When every last dollar has been sucked out of America, every poor country will still be poor, and America will be the poorest of the lot. Which is the entire reason behind the Global Warming Fraudsters.

  5. joeblough says:

    Don’t those poor slobs know that in rich countries the gov’t actually needs an excuse for robbing the public?

    Jeez. Don’t they have any sense of decorum?


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