Sunday, October 25, 2009

Copenhagen, Hopenhagen, Nopenhagen

From IBD, a scant two months before the big global warming conference in Copenhagen, China and India have said "thanks but no thanks" to the treaty being drafted to replace the Kyoto Protocol set to expire in 2012.  As the editorial points out, lack of participation by these two heavily populated nations makes the entire Conference pointless.

The agreement between India and China is likely to encourage other nations to follow their lead:
They're basically saying no to anything that forces them to impose mandatory limits on their output of greenhouse gas emissions. Other developing nations, including Mexico, Brazil and South Africa, will likely reject any proposals as well.

The deal was already in trouble. Three weeks ago, the Group of 77 developing nations met in Thailand to discuss what they wanted to do about global warming. Their answer: nothing.
The IBD editorial cites a piece by William Hawkins in American Thinker that underscores how these nations view the pressure to sign onto the treaty:
The author of the Science Times article, Wang Jin, used Ding's study as part of his larger argument that, "the massive propaganda ‘human activity induced the global temperature increase' has been accepted by the majority of the society in some countries, and it has become a political and diplomatic issue. Why do the developed countries put an arguable scientific problem on the international negotiation table? The real intention is not for the global temperature increase, but for the restriction of the economic development of the developing countries."
The failure to gain the support of these countries is what doomed the Kyoto Protocol and the handwriting is on the wall for Copenhagen as well.  This has not deterred the "hope and change" folks from launching a full scale effort to transform Copenhagen into Hopenhagen

Meanwhile, Lord Monckton has been issuing dire warnings that for the United States Copenhagen  should be a NOpenhagen.   Lord Monckton successfully sued to block Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" from being shown in British schools due to it's inaccuracies.  His warning to the United States is quite serious, signing the treaty will cause the US to cede authority.  He points to specifics in the treaty in a posting at Watts Up With That? and suggests those who are interested in preventing the US from signing in Copenhagen to call the specifics of the treaty to their Representatives and Senators.

Clearly there is little to be gained for the US in Copenhagen, yet stopping Obama from signing is an uphill battle.  China and India, just on the brink of recovery from the world-wide recession, are not willing to suppress their economic production on the basis of unproved science.  Their lack of participation, however, is most unlikely to stop Obama from pursuing his commitment to his grand green scheme.  Poll after poll shows declining acceptance that human activity is somehow contributing to fluctuations in global temperatures.  Even if it were proven, none of the measures proposed by Congress or through this moot treaty in Copenhagen.  Nevertheless, hope and change has invested in Copenhagen, wild horses won't be able to keep Obama away.

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