Saturday, December 26, 2009

45,000 Delegates, Lots of hot air, Cop15 Agreement Failure, Priceless

It began like this:

“THOUSANDS of politicians, bureaucrats and environmental activists have arrived in Copenhagen for the global climate summit with all the bravado and self-regard of a group of commandos convinced that they are about to save the world.”

But how did it end?

Barack Hussein Obama, US President, described the Cop15 agreement at a press conference just before he left Copenhagen thus:

"Today we've made meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough here in Copenhagen."

Only a week later the Barack seems to have had a change of heart in this interview with Jim Lehrer of Newshour saying,

“I think that people are justified in being disappointed about the outcome in Copenhagen. What I said was essentially that rather than see a complete collapse in Copenhagen, in which nothing at all got done and would have been a huge backward step, at least we kind of held ground and there wasn't too much backsliding from where we were."

Uhhh no Mr President that is not in fact what you essentially said only 5 days ago in Copenhagen. You see what you said was in the press release referenced in the first link above and we have this thing called the internet where we can download it and see exactly what you said. What you said (essentially, indeed exactly) was "Today we've made meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough here in Copenhagen." That is nothing like what you are saying you said now, not even close. The meaning is totally different. One statement points north and the other 180 degrees south.

Seems everyone associated with disastrous man made global warming is as slippery as an eel. The Hockey Team "scientists", the IPCC, the chair of the IPCC and politicians supporting the process. One would think that if the science was so certain the process would be crsytal clear, there would be no deleted original data by the Climatic Research Unit (the subject of Climategate affair), there would be release of original raw data and code, there would be a transparent methodology open to intense scrutiny, there would be no breach of ethics in the peer review process, no debunked hockey stick graph, no embaressing data expunged from the tree ring graph, no breach of FOI laws currently under legal investigation, no elimation of the widely recognized (in the scientific literature) Medieval Warm Period nor of the Little Ice Age.... and the list goes on and on and on. Tomorrow I will post a video of a Nobel Prize winning scientist who pulls no punches criticising the IPCC process and the scientists associated with it blasting the whole man made global warming hypothesis as trash. Watch for it as it is both entertaining and informative.

In the mean time lets look at what actually came out of Cop15. The accord itself is non-binding as some countries declined to endorse it. That means that conference organisers can only "take note" of the accord - it has no force as a UN agreement such as this requires unanimous endorsement.

The text of the unedited advance version of the COP15 accord as it currently stands:

Decision -/CP.15
The Conference of the Parties,

Takes note of the Copenhagen Accord of 18 December 2009.

Copenhagen Accord

The Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers, and other heads of the following delegations present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen: [List of Parties]

In pursuit of the ultimate objective of the Convention as stated in its Article 2,

Being guided by the principles and provisions of the Convention,
Noting the results of work done by the two Ad hoc Working Groups,
Endorsing decision x/CP.15 on the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action and decision x/CMP.5 that requests the Ad hoc Working Group on Further Commitments of Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to continue its work,

Have agreed on this Copenhagen Accord which is operational immediately.

1. We underline that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. We emphasise our strong political will to urgently combat climate change in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. To achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention to stabilize greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system, we shall, recognizing the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below 2 degrees Celsius, on the basis ofequity and in the context of sustainable development, enhance our long-term cooperative action to combat climate change. We recognize the critical impacts of climate change and the potential impacts of response measures on countries particularly vulnerable to its adverse effects and stress the need to establish a comprehensive adaptation programme including international support.

2. We agree that deep cuts in global emissions are required according to science, and as documented by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report with a view to reduce global emissions so as to hold the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, and take action to meet this objective consistent with science and on the basis of equity. We should cooperate in achieving the peaking of global and national emissions as soon as possible, recognizing that the time frame for peaking will be longer in developing countries and bearing in mind that social and economic development and poverty eradication are the first and overriding priorities of developing countries and that a low-emission development strategy is indispensable to sustainable development.

3. Adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change and the potential impacts of response measures is a challenge faced by all countries. Enhanced action and international cooperation on adaptation is urgently required to ensure the implementation of the Convention by enabling and supporting the implementation of adaptation actions aimed at reducing vulnerability and building resilience in developing countries, especially in those that are particularly vulnerable, especially least developed countries, small island developing States and Africa. We agree that developed countries shall provide adequate, predictable and sustainable financial resources, technology and capacity-building to support the implementation of adaptation action in developing countries.

4. Annex I Parties commit to implement individually or jointly the quantified economy-wide emissions targets for 2020, to be submitted in the format given in Appendix I by Annex I Parties to the secretariat by 31 January 2010 for compilation in an INF document. Annex I Parties that are Party to the Kyoto Protocol will thereby further strengthen the emissions reductions initiated by the Kyoto Protocol. Delivery of reductions and financing by developed countries will be measured, reported and verified in accordance with existing and any further guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Parties, and will ensure that accounting of such targets and finance is rigorous, robust and transparent.

5. Non-Annex I Parties to the Convention will implement mitigation actions, including those to be submitted to the secretariat by non-Annex I Parties in the format given in Appendix II by 31 January 2010, for compilation in an INF document, consistent with Article 4.1 and Article 4.7 and in the context of sustainable development. Least developed countries and small island developing States may undertake actions voluntarily and on the basis of support. Mitigation actions subsequently taken and envisaged by Non-Annex I Parties, including national inventory reports, shall be communicated through national communications consistent with Article 12.1(b) every two years on the basis of guidelines to be adopted by the Conference of the Parties. Those mitigation actions in national communications or otherwise communicated to the Secretariat will be added to the list in appendix II. Mitigation actions taken by Non-Annex I Parties will be subject to their domestic measurement, reporting and verification the result of which will be reported through their national communications every two years. Non-Annex I Parties will communicate information on the implementation of their actions through National Communications, with provisions for international consultations and analysis under clearly defined guidelines that will ensure that national sovereignty is respected. Nationally appropriate mitigation actions seeking international support will be recorded in a registry along with relevant technology, finance and capacity building support. Those actions supported will be added to the list in appendix II. These supported nationally appropriate mitigation actions will be subject to international measurement, reporting and verification in accordance with guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Parties.

6. We recognize the crucial role of reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation and the need to enhance removals of greenhouse gas emission by forests and agree on the need to provide positive incentives to such actions through the immediate establishment of a mechanism including REDD-plus, to enable the mobilization of financial resources from developed countries.

7. We decide to pursue various approaches, including opportunities to use markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote mitigation actions. Developing countries, especially those with low emitting economies should be provided incentives to continue to develop on a low emission pathway.

8. Scaled up, new and additional, predictable and adequate funding as well as improved access shall be provided to developing countries, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention, to enable and support enhanced action on mitigation, including substantial finance to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD-plus), adaptation, technology development and transfer and capacity-building, for enhanced implementation of the Convention. The collective commitment by developed countries is to provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments through international institutions, approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010 . 2012 with balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation. Funding for adaptation will be prioritized for the most vulnerable developing countries, such as the least developed countries, small island developing States and Africa. In the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation, developed countries commit to a goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion dollars a year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries. This funding will come from a wide variety of sources, public and private, bilateral and multilateral, including alternative sources of finance. New multilateral funding for adaptation will be delivered through effective and efficient fund arrangements, with a governance structure providing for equal representation of developed and developing countries. A significant portion of such funding should flow through the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund.

9. To this end, a High Level Panel will be established under the guidance of and accountable to the Conference of the Parties to study the contribution of the potential sources of revenue, including alternative sources of finance, towards meeting this goal.

10. We decide that the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund shall be established as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the Convention to support projects, programme, policies and other activities in developing countries related to mitigation including REDD-plus, adaptation, capacity-building, technology development and transfer.

11. In order to enhance action on development and transfer of technology we decide to establish a Technology Mechanism to accelerate technology development and transfer in support of action on adaptation and mitigation that will be guided by a country-driven approach and be based on national circumstances and priorities.

The two appendixes are blank. Apparently they will be filled in later. When that happens I will post a pdf of the final agreement.

A stunning achievement for a meeting comprising 45,000 attendees including 190 self inflicted "Leaders of the World". Basically nothing more than a non-binding agreement to make an agreement sometime plus of course despite achieving nothing on emissions it locks in the "transfer" of hundreds of billions of dollars from developed countries to other countries to "assist" with "climate change" (see para 8). I'll have more to say about the aptly named REDD plan referred to often in the above document and I'll show where you can dowload a copy of their book, called The Little REDD Book. Apparantly modelling a book title after a Mao Tse-tung's Little Red Book, a man responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of his own countrymen, is somehow a fitting thing for the enviromental movement and the UN (and Obama) to entertain. Others would call it sickening and somewhat frightening. Anyway, keep up the hard work fellas and you might get there by 3010.

The non-outcome of COP15 is of course something of which we should be thankful. I hope we get to see a full acounting for not just the actual total cost of the conference but also the cost of various billion dollar pledges to other nations being thrown around with gay abandon. I won't be holding my breath.

One earnest 20-something that expelled vast quantities of carbon dioxide to travel from Australia to Copenhagen had this to say,

“Perhaps it’s because today I finally got more than a few hours of uninterrupted sleep, or perhaps it’s the sense of hope that was infused into the air at the vigil that civil society held tonight as we sat with candles and listened to strong young leaders from the climate movement around the world speak words more powerful and with more emotion than I could ever hope to represent in writing.

Mostly it’s too hard to find the words to describe how I feel about climate change. This is even more so here in Copenhagen. Yesterday at a talk by George Monbiot he pointed out that climate change is too benign to describe what’s happening to the world… it’s like describing an invasion as “unexpected visitors”. To be young and alive today is to witness our Earth breaking and see our “leaders” demonstrate a spectacular failure of leadership. As Alex Steffen wrote, “to be young and aware today is to see your elders as cannibals with golf clubs”.”

And in a later blog entry,

Today, humanity, all species, all nations and all peoples’ survival hung in the balance as negotiators bargained... about what kind of world we will live in in 2050.”

There you have it. An indoctrinated climate clown who sees her “elders as cannibals”. I wonder if that includes her parents or is it just other people’s parents that are cannibals? Her references to “elders” are also interesting. From her posts we see Ana went to university in 2003. If she graduated that year at 21 that means she is now 27. She is hardly a youth and is indeed about to become a junior member of the “elder” club. I do hope she has some immunity from that cannibal virus she seems to think infests the population at a certain age. Time to grow up Ana. You are not a “youth” and haven’t been for a decade. There is no danger of extinction of life on planet earth due to AGW. No scientist is pushing that barrow; not even the discredited CRU Hockey team or the IPCC. Breath deeply, take a Bex and have a nice lie down and you'll feel better in the morning.

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