The PatriotPost.USDigest Â· Friday, December 11, 2009
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The Copenhagen Power Grab
As a massive winter storm buried a large swath of the central United States under as much as four feet of snow this week, thousands of bureaucrats and assorted global warming scaremongers gathered in Copenhagen to decide how best to handicap the world's industrial economies in order to solve a phantom problem. And it took only 1,200 limos and 140 private planes to get them there.
These fashionable leftists from around the world gathered for a power grab also undaunted by recent revelations that government and UN scientists were using what Dan Rather might call "fake but accurate" data to support the theory of global warming.
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told the conference, "The recent incident of stealing the emails of scientists at the University of East Anglia shows that some would go to the extent of carrying out illegal acts, perhaps in an attempt to discredit the IPCC." Predictably for a Leftist, he focused on the whistleblowers, rather than the subject matter of the e-mails.
Meanwhile, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen stressed the importance of the conference, saying, "For the next two weeks, Copenhagen will be Hopenhagen. By the end, we must be able to deliver back to the world what was granted us here today: hope for a better future." Hopenhagen? More like Hoaxenhagen.
The goal at Copenhagen is to upgrade last decade's Kyoto Protocols and further regulate carbon emissions, particularly for wealthy nations such as the United States, since such gases are allegedly warming the planet. (Water vapor, the most abundant greenhouse gas, can't be far behind.) On top of that, there are growing calls for population control measures such as China's one-child policy.
Given that climate data has been undeniably fudged or destroyed, however, we're a bit skeptical of the very basis for the conference. As with Kyoto, China and India are skeptical, too, and neither nation is willing to promise cuts that would harm their economies.
In an effort to impress the rest of the world, Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are working on so-called "cap and trade" legislation to effect many of the same regulations Copenhagen hopes to adopt. Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) introduced a new cap-n-tax bill Thursday. And the Environmental Protection Agency announced new regulations this week, as well (more on that later).
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called climate change "the most pressing challenge of our time" and insisted, "We need a strong political agreement in Copenhagen." He then cut to the chase, saying, "Developed countries must provide more funding for climate action in the developing world. We need money both for the short term and the long term, and we need funding both from the public and from the private sector."
Translation: "Give me your wallet, this is a stick up."
Still, it remains to be seen what agreement will be reached or how much it will cost. Even with the "consensus" on the problem, there are 192 nations represented at the conference with several times that many ideas on "solutions." Almost everyone agrees on one thing, though: Someone else should pay for it.
The BIG Lie
"To paraphrase Shakespeare, it's sound and fury signifying nothing. I haven't read all the [CRU] e-mails, but the most recent one is more than 10 years old. These private exchanges between these scientists do not in any way cause any question about the scientific consensus. ... [W]here the scientific consensus is concerned, it's completely unchanged. What we're seeing is a set of changes worldwide that just make this discussion over 10-year-old e-mails kind of silly." --Algore on the disclosure of e-mails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University
Memo to Al: The most recent e-mail was sent Nov. 12 -- just a month ago.