Obama got the Chinese, Indians and South Africans to agree to “something” because he couldn’t come back empty-handed again. One big problem though; the funneling of money to developing countries from you know who.
From WSJ. (Go over if you have time. It’s a very indepth article.)
The White House said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South African President Jacob Zuma reached a “meaningful agreement” for combating climate change. The deal was described by an administration official as “not sufficient to combat the threat of climate change but it’s an important first step.”
The White House official said developed and developing countries have agreed to listing their national actions and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There will be a mechanism to funnel money to help developing nations pay for technology and projects to cope with the affects of climate change, such as rising sea levels.
The agreement sets a target of two degrees Celsius for the increase in global temperatures. Countries are supposed to provide information on the implementation of actions to cut carbon dioxide emissions through national communications, with provisions for international consultations and analysis under clearly defined guidelines, the official said.
Has anyone asked the Earth what her plans are on raising or lowering her temperature?
Details of the language on verification of steps to curb greenhouse gases – which could be critical to political acceptance of the agreement in Congress – weren’t immediately available. The so-called transparency issue was a critical stumbling block in discussions between the U.S. and China.
Once again, complete and total lack of transparency from the jet-setting dictator-wanna-be.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2009.
House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was a finalist for the award.
“The recession was the story of the year. Without Ben Bernanke,” Time managing editor Richard Stengel said in a statement, “it would have been a lot worse.”
“We’ve rarely had such a perfect revision of the cliche that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Bernanke didn’t just learn from history; he wrote it himself and was damned if he was going to repeat it.”
A private Canadian company says it will plant 1,176 trees to offset the carbon emitted by Air Force One when it carries President Barack Obama to Copenhagen for the international climate conference.
President Obama will travel 3,979 miles to Denmark on Friday, Dec. 18, and Air Force One will emit an estimated 196 tons of carbon on that trip, said LimeGreen Earth, Inc., in a news release.
“By offsetting President Obama’s carbon emission, we are setting a precedent for the global community,” said the company’s president, Andrew Thomas. “It is up to every individual to do their part to eliminate carbon emissions. There is no one better to lead this revolution than the President of the United States of America.”
I guess we can all breathe easier now, except that breathing out is harmful to humans.
I wonder if LimeGreen Earth is going to keep planting trees for every single one of Barry’s jetsetter trips across the globe, and all those domestic trips trying to save democrats during the 2010 elections?
I’m waiting to hear about this in our media because these leaked documents paint western leaders as pirates. Is this more “watch the left hand so you don’t realize what the right hand is doing”, and maybe completely divert attention away from the Climategate emails and where that investigation is leading?
Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN’s negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol
The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.
The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.
The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.
The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol‘s principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act. The draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank; would abandon the Kyoto protocol – the only legally binding treaty that the world has on emissions reductions; and would make any money to help poor countries adapt to climate change dependent on them taking a range of actions.
The document was described last night by one senior diplomat as “a very dangerous document for developing countries. It is a fundamental reworking of the UN balance of obligations. It is to be superimposed without discussion on the talks”.
I found this tidbit interesting, and make sure to go over and read the rest.
“It is being done in secret. Clearly the intention is to get [Barack] Obama and the leaders of other rich countries to muscle it through when they arrive next week. It effectively is the end of the UN process,” said one diplomat, who asked to remain nameless.
Who among us are even batting a eye at the secrecy of it all? I’m all for the end of any UN process, right along with all talk about wealth redistribution through climate change talks. I wonder how shocked the UN is that they have been pre-empted by the very shadow government that put them in place so many decades ago?
The lies and deceit about Global Warming are being broken wide open with more information coming in daily, and we are all conspiracists for thinking that maybe something was not tracking quite properly.
The Liberal Party is in turmoil with the resignations of five frontbenchers from their portfolios this afternoon in protest against the emissions trading scheme.
Tony Abbott, Sophie Mirabella, Tony Smith and Senators Nick Minchin and Eric Abetz have all quit their portfolios because they cannot vote for the legislation.
Senate whip Stephen Parry has also relinquished his position.
The ETS is Australia’s version of America’s proposed Cap and Trade and the EU’s various carbon reduction schemes: a way of taxing business on its CO2 output. As Professor Plimer pointed out when I interviewed him in the summer, this threatens to cause enormous economic damage in Australia’s industrial and mining heartlands, not least because both are massively dependent on Australia’s vast reserves of coal. It is correspondingly extremely unpopular with Aussie’s outside the pinko, libtard metropolitan fleshpots.
The lie of global warming makes no difference to the globalist pResident who changed his mind, (like I knew he would), and is planning on attending Copenhagen and pushing the Climate Change Emission restrictions to condemn the world to poverty and control by the UN and the shadow globalists. The globalists are all about controlling resources; energy, oil, gold, guns, food, water, and labor. Can we impeach him yet?
President Barack Obama unveiled a provisional target number for lowering U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that the U.S. will present at next month’s international climate change summit in Copenhagen.
The White House said Obama would offer a provisional U.S. emissions cut of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, mirroring a sweeping House climate bill that was approved over the summer. Obama will put this figure on the table “in the context of an overall deal in Copenhagen that includes robust mitigation contributions from China and the other emerging economies,” the White House said.
The Copenhagen talks are aimed at crafting a political accord, with efforts to reach a final, legally binding emissions treaty to follow next year. The U.S. is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China, and the president’s attendance will add some much needed weight to the negotiations. “The President’s decision to go is a sign of his continuing commitment and leadership to find a global solution to the global threat of climate change, and to lay the foundation for a new, sustainable and prosperous clean energy future,” the White House said.
I just want to continue to be an American citizen with all the freedoms left available to us, and tell the UN, The Pilgrims, and the Bilderbergers to stick it. Then I would like very much to recall every single piece of legislation that does not fly straight in accordance with the Constitution.
Yes, this is another post about the Global Climate Treaty approaching on December 7th in Copenhagen, and Coca-Cola is leading the coalition of 100 companies trying to achieve binding cap-and-trade regulations next month. After reading the following story, you may never be able to think “Have a Coke and Smile” ever again. I personally would love to b*tchslap the Wall Street Journal for such unbecoming behavior from a free enterprise business newspaper.
Coca-Cola is spearheading a coalition of more than 100 companies pushing a United Nations climate treaty to bind the U.S. to cap-and-trade emissions regulation, commit the world’s wealthiest nations to a potential $10 trillion in foreign aid and, possibly, form a proposed international “super-grid” for regulating and distributing electric power worldwide.
Together with the SAP and Siemens corporations, Coca-Cola launched a website called Hopenhagen, leading up to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, which opens on Dec. 7. The website invites the citizens of the world to sign a petition demanding world leaders draft binding agreements on climate change and advertises, as of today, “16 days left to seal the deal.”
Other “friends” of Hopenhagen include media outlets Newsweek, Discovery Channel, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, The Wall Street Journal and Clear Channel, among others, Internet giants Yahoo, Google and AOL and dozens of other companies and organizations.
As WND reported, however, Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, asserts the real purpose of the U.N.’s meeting in Copenhagen is to use concern over “global warming” as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government.
He has warned the proposed Copenhagen agreement would cede U.S. sovereignty, mandate a massive wealth transfer from the United States to pay reparations for “climate debt” to Third World countries and create a new “world government” to enforce the treaty’s provisions.
And even if Monckton is merely fanning the flames of fear in those suspicious of the U.N., Coca-Cola’s “Hopenhagen” project isn’t doing anything to put out the fire:
“We’re all citizens of Hopenhagen,” boasts the website, adding, “Hopenhagen: Population 6.8 billion.”
“Sign the Climate Petition and become a citizen of Hopenhagen,” the website encourages.
“We the peoples of the world urge political leaders to:
“Seal the Deal at COP 15 on a climate agreement that is definitive, equitable and effective
“Set binding targets to cut greenhouse gases by 2020
“Establish a framework that will bolster the climate resilience of vulnerable countries and protect lives and livelihoods
“Support developing countries’ adaptation efforts and secure climate justice for all.”
“We also believe that anything is possible if we work together,” states Coca-Cola on the Hopenhagen site. “That’s why we’re collaborating with governments, NGOs, other businesses and our consumers, to help tackle global challenges like climate change.”
A closer look at the “deal” Hopenhagen is hoping to “seal,” however, reveals a call to unprecedented levels of international regulation and wealth redistribution and includes many of the measures Monckton decries as an effort to “impose a communist world government on the world.”
Go over and read the rest if you can stand it. I am still trying to get through Major Garrett’s interview of the pResident without committing violence against technology. Hele Mai!
Barack Obama conceded on Sunday that next month’s Copenhagen summit would not produce a legally binding agreement to tackle global warming, but left the door open to a substantive deal at the climate change conference.
Speaking at a conference of Asian countries Mr Obama confirmed what the United Nations, the European Union and other countries had already admitted – that there would not be time for a fully articulated treaty to be drawn up at the summit.
“We should not make the perfect the enemy of the good,” Mr Obama told delegates at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Singapore where his views on Copenhagen were supported by all 21 participants, including China.
Countries would have to sign a document setting out the above, which would not have legal force but which would be “politically binding” – in other words, a public commitment that would be difficult and embarrassing for governments to renege upon.
Lawyers could produce a fully articulated treaty ready for signature by world leaders or their representatives, either at a UN conference in Bonn next June or at the next climate change summit in Mexico City in December 2010.
Leaders would aim in Copenhagen to produce what Mr Rasmussen described as a “politically binding” agreement that would cover mitigation, adaption, finance and technology. US officials said Mr Obama saw Mr Rasmussen’s approach as more palatable than taking the risk of aiming for a treaty in Copenhagen and failing.
However, even reaching a politically binding agreement will be tough. Mr Obama still faces great difficulty in meeting two of the four objectives of a Copenhagen deal – setting out the US’s commitments to cut emissions by 2020, and setting out how much finance the US would be prepared to make available to poor countries.
These commitments could be made if a bill now before the US Senate, setting out cap-and-trade legislation, were to be passed by the end of the Copenhagen summit. This is almost certainly not possible, and the future of the bill is in doubt.
If Mr Obama does not have the explicit support of the Senate, the administration may find it impossible to agree to any deal at Copenhagen and this would mean the whole process could break down in discord and acrimony.
Make sure to go over to FT and read the rest of the interesting political tidbits inside.
For those of you that are still catching up on this issue due to all sorts of other socialist crap being thrown at us, here is Lord Christopher Monckton explaining what Barack Obama is likely to do with the Senate’s backing.
The draft Treaty of Copenhagen, to be signed in mid-December 2009, would create an unelected world government with direct power over all financial and trading markets, and direct power to intervene over the heads of elected governments in the economic and environmental affairs of all nations that sign the Treaty. The word “government” actually appears in the Treaty as the first of three purposes of a huge, new, supranational bureaucratic entity that will have the power to require wealthier nations to redistribute up to 2% of their annual gross domestic product to third-world countries in imagined reparation for imaginary “climate debt” – and all this just as final scientific proof that CO2 has a tiny and harmless warming effect is available. Please read and sign the Instrument of Repudiation, and urge at least five of your friends to sign it too, and urge each of them to find five more to sign it. The Instrument will be tabled during the Copenhagen Conference this December. So sign now, and save America’s freedom, democracy, and prosperity.