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UN Climate Delegates Failing Everyone, Developed and Developing Alike

They made huge financial promises to poor countries, which are now demanding follow-through.

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Tom Harris and Dr. Madhav Khandekar

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November 21, 2013 - 4:59 pm
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For many years, our representatives to the United Nations climate conferences have behaved as if they could make dramatic, headline-grabbing commitments without causing serious long-term consequence for their home countries. Perhaps they hoped we would forget about their agreements as the years passed; perhaps they expected to be long out of office by the time their decisions’ impacts hit the public.

The UN climate conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland, over the past two weeks has clearly demonstrated that their chickens are coming home to roost. UN delegates are actually being held accountable for the “climate change” problems which those representatives years ago claimed the developed world to be causing.

Developing countries are now demanding that we have an obligation to pay them trillions of dollars for loss and damages, since much of the extreme weather and other problems they are experiencing are supposedly our fault.

Logically, morally, and perhaps even legally (though not scientifically), developing nations have a solid argument.

It would indeed be inconsistent with the normal standards of law and ethics as observed in most of the world if we did not compensate those affected by our misdeeds. So in unjustifiably accepting the blame for climate change and the extreme weather, rising sea levels, species extinction, and other calamities that would supposedly cause, our representatives set us up for the dilemma we now face: pay up, or risk the wrath of the developing world for our irresponsible and possibly criminal behavior.

The problem started in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, where representatives of nearly every nation agreed to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). Under the Framework, which was eventually ratified by the governments of 195 countries including the United States and Canada, developed countries promised to “take the lead in combating climate change and the adverse effects thereof.” The FCCC’s “ultimate objective” was nothing less than “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

That no one had any idea what, if any, GHG concentration level would cause “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” was immaterial to national representatives seeking approval from green activists. They had the option of citing the UN’s own climate science body — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — which declared in their First Assessment Report in 1990:

It is not possible at this time to attribute all, or even a large part, of the observed global-mean warming to (an) enhanced greenhouse effect on the basis of the observational data currently available.

Yet they ignored this statement, as pandering politicians were more interested in proving their green credentials. With an election only five months away, President George H.W. Bush said:

I am happy to report that I have just signed the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Today, I invite my colleagues from the industrialized world to join in a prompt start on the convention’s implementation. … Let us join in translating the words spoken here into concrete action to protect the planet.

Since then, the FCCC has been the source document upon which the Kyoto Protocol, the Cancun Agreements that form the basis of current negotiations, and all other UN climate agreements have been based. Even the IPCC science reports were whipped into line, each one claiming greater and greater certainty that humans were the main cause of global warming. “The science is settled” became the new mantra.

Finally, at last year’s round of UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, developing nations began to push hard for developed countries to pay for “loss and damage” caused by extreme weather events supposedly caused by our historic GHG emissions. Negotiators from developed countries balked, and the conference was on the verge of breaking down over the issue.

At that point, our negotiators should have explained that extreme weather events are normal, that there has been no worldwide increase in such phenomena, and that even the IPCC said in their March 28, 2012 Special Report on Extremes (SREX):

There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change.

Instead, our inept representatives agreed with the demand, promising to put in place “institutional arrangements” in Warsaw in 2013.

So this year, developing countries staged a walkout at the conference to bring attention to their demand for real action on loss and damage. With public sympathy on their side after Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of the Philippines and the UN secretary general blaming the tragedy on man-made global warming, Prakash Mathema, chair of the Least Developed Countries group at the talks, threatened:

We are not going home without a loss and damage mechanism [within the FCCC]! They [developed countries] cannot postpone this forever and ever.

Representatives from developing countries asserted that adaptation efforts are overwhelmed by the supposed increase in extreme weather events, and so the FCCC must therefore address loss and damage as a standalone issue.

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A year or two ago I spent time reading a ninth grade history book that devoted all of ten pages to the American Revolution and twenty-six pages to post colonial Africa, most of whom had chosen to traipse down the path of socialism. The authors were frustrated and dismayed that people would work harder for themselves than they would for the collective. Shocker that bit. Collective = poverty, freedom = prosperity. But let's repackage and rebrand that fact, shall we? Yes we can.
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The global warming hoax was a redistribution scheme by the One World Socialists (OWS).

The "have nots" want their promised goodies and the loot from the fraud.

The Socialists can't deliver. Obamaslush can only fund so many Ponzi schemes at once
35 weeks ago
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these demanding countries probably saw how the u.s. progressives fooled everybody w/ fake stat's and got massive wasted $$ to fund green hollow (friend's) companies that quickly evaporate when called upon to produce. sound familiar ? (coughobacougmacoughcoughcare)

its just an old con game rewrapped for Christmas. how thoughtful. boys and girls, can you say 'one trick pony'?
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"Logically, morally, and perhaps even legally (though not scientifically), developing nations have a solid argument."

BS - this is completely wrong. We have no obligation unless we caused the harm; that causation has not been proven - in fact there is no proof that they have suffered any harm other than that caused by "acts of God" (or Gaia in their terminology). We've already shown them how they could develop their economies so as to be able to afford to protect themselves, but they refuse to listen. If the culture of the Philippines is such they are unwilling to develop their economy so as to afford housing and infrastructure that protects them from typhoons, that puts no obligation on me. They've had the same decades other Asian economies did to build the wealth they need. Likewise so many of the other countries trying to engage in this extortion. Show me your reforms to build wealth and root out corruption and acknowledge that what I give is unearned charity, then I'll support some assistance. Otherwise it's just money down a rat hole.
35 weeks ago
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"unless we caused the harm", yes, that is the key phrase and why we wrote "though not scientifically" since the science does not support the idea that we caused harm.
34 weeks ago
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The recently elected PM of Australia is a conservative, unlike his predecessor.

Australia is lifting its "carbon tax" on gasoline, which is driving the Warmists bananas.

Geez, the guy might also crack down on the jihadists, many of them posing undercover as imams in Australia.
35 weeks ago
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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we've got our own mini IPCC and related control addicts pounding at the door of freedom and sanity.

Rushing and perverting the "science" to control your backyard ditch. Your bathtub is next.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/11/22/epa-power-grab-pols-states-claim-new-reg-could-bring-feds-into-your-backyard/

"The agency's own science advisors have not had the opportunity to review the science underpinning this rule," he said. "Any rule that could give EPA the authority to tell us what to do in our own backyards needs to be supported by sound science."

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"“The science is settled” became the new mantra."

As pointed out by a pjm poster, that statement alone is the mark of a fraudster. Also, since the AGW thesis cannot be tested, there is the hallmark of junk science.

"...the UN secretary general blaming the tragedy on man-made global warming,"

Ban Ki-moon is an idiot, as was noted by his fellow South Koreans when he took up the 7 year UN Sec'y General gig. The guy who has headed up the IPCC since 2002, Rajendra Pachauri, is a crook in the style of Al "carbon credits" Gore.

"They could have then helped educate conference delegates..."

They know the stuff contrary to the AGW claim, but don't want the facts to interfere with the $100 billion in "reparations" demanded of so called developed countries by 2020. Serious cash.

One of the 132 countries that just walked out in protest in Warsaw was China, a country in whose capital city you're lucky to breathe.

Many of these so called developing countries should look internally to deforestation and fouling of water and waterways (Lagos might catch fire soon) for some of their environmental woes.
35 weeks ago
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And ship all their US made cars, computers and airplanes, made by all that polluting industry, back to us ASAP. Riding a camel or a donkey is the only ethically sound mode of transportation when you are demanding somebody else pay for your weather damage.
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So --- much like the LIV in the USA with their hands held out for their gubmint check and food-stamps the 'poor' countries of this world have their grubby little mitts extended in hopes of getting on the dole too?

As Marie Antonetta once said (she could have you know!) Let them eat cake!

Or crap sandwiches - makes little difference to me.

There is a reason why you live in a third world sh@thole - because you've helped to make it that way - or you've done exactly ZERO/zilch/nada/nothing - you spend no time and energy developing your country's resources and instead spent all your time looking for a handout while your leaders rob you blind. What do you think will happen to the money if the US EU and other 'developed' (stupid) countries do give you those big bucks? It won't make one iota of difference to the average citizen of said sh@thole country.

And thats a fact!



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People act as if it would be rude if we were to simply sit down with the representatives of all the putative beneficiary countries and calmly explain that there were different people here before, most of whom seem to have been trying to pull off something dishonest and lucrative, and truthfully there wasn't one person connected to the Climate Conferences in the Sun crew who didn't know all of this very very well already, and so if you'll just excuse us we'll be off, and you don't need to ask us anymore questions, do you?
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This is just another example of the UN global agenda to tax. Our very own John, I love commies, Kerry even supports the Law of the Sea Treaty.

Notice how DaOne, and company always wear UN puke blue colors. Ties, and/or shirts. Notice the UN symbol of the wreath in the shape of the crescent moon with the C for climate in the center where the Sun disk normally rests.

You think I'm off base here? It is the occult, or hidden information. These New Agers in the UN, Europe, and the CFR controlled US government are calling forth their leader to rule a one world government. See Lucis Trust inside the UN building as a classic example of their pagan New Age religion praying every full moon for Apollo, aka Sin, aka Tammuz to show up again.

In a way, it is man made global climate change. Due to man choosing the false way of Old Knobs agenda instead of the Creators way, we pay with increasing foul weather, earthquakes, and murder.
35 weeks ago
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I don't know that we pay for shunning God in that manner. I do know the Bible tells me the rain falls on the just and unjust alike.

Does that explain why the unjust get flooded out so often?


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At present, we are following the way Adam chose, or the way of man. The Serpent lied to Eve, and Adam tried to save her. Two wrongs do not make a right.

G-d's laws are just. They require a price once broken. G-d loved us so much he paid the price for us. Now, as we live in a world of pain, not of G-d's doing, we will suffer knowing we have hope eternal.

These last few years of record Tornadoes, floods, Typhoons, earthquakes, etc.. will get worse, and it is to cause humans to repent in the name of G-d's love called Christ. The word made flesh. The world system will not repent, and will gain their one world government for one hour, or a short time.

I get a sense Paleo you are being sarcastic with your last statement of those who get flooded. Those poor people in India, or Philippines that get wiped out by Typhoons is not G-d doing it to them. Humans have caused this, and G-d hurts to see us suffer.

Soon, G-d the Father who has reclaimed the keys to heaven, and earth by proving Old Knob lied about G-d's laws being unjust will destroy this global government of man, and the reprobate evil within it with the brightness, and power of his coming.

The New Age is the same old lie before the flood of Noah. Yea shall be as G-d. Lucifer's man on earth is who the hidden knowledge, also known as the occult is calling for. Nimrod. The rebirth of the Sun god, possessed by the Beast will once again rule the earth causing all to take a mark swearing an oath to him to buy, or sell.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
The global warming hoax was a redistribution scheme by the One World Socialists (OWS).

The "have nots" want their promised goodies and the loot from the fraud.

The Socialists can't deliver. Obamaslush can only fund so many Ponzi schemes at once
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
these demanding countries probably saw how the u.s. progressives fooled everybody w/ fake stat's and got massive wasted $$ to fund green hollow (friend's) companies that quickly evaporate when called upon to produce. sound familiar ? (coughobacougmacoughcoughcare)

its just an old con game rewrapped for Christmas. how thoughtful. boys and girls, can you say 'one trick pony'?
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
Developing countries are now demanding that we have an obligation to pay them trillions of dollars for loss and damages, since much of the extreme weather and other problems they are experiencing are supposedly our fault.

There is a reason those "developing countries" never seem to develop even with all the help they are given. You can't fix stupid.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
A year or two ago I spent time reading a ninth grade history book that devoted all of ten pages to the American Revolution and twenty-six pages to post colonial Africa, most of whom had chosen to traipse down the path of socialism. The authors were frustrated and dismayed that people would work harder for themselves than they would for the collective. Shocker that bit. Collective = poverty, freedom = prosperity. But let's repackage and rebrand that fact, shall we? Yes we can.
35 weeks ago
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The schooling problem has reached the stage that we may have to write our own texts or supplemental materials, a' la Rush Limbaugh, so that the kids can learn the real history of the country and not be pushovers for every left wing opportunist who comes along.

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