Climate conference in Cancun is about redistributing wealth not climate

The United Nations will hold a climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 through December 10. This is a follow-up to the Copenhagen conference. But the Cancun meeting is not about climate, not about the environment, it is about redistributing wealth from rich nations to poorer nations. We see now what the U.N. IPCC is really about.

Last week the German newspaper NZZ Online quoted German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, who is co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change, as saying, “The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War.”

Edenhofer also said “climate policy is redistributing the world’s wealth” and that “it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization.”

Investor’s Business Daily commented, “U.N. warm-mongers are seeking to impose a global climate reparations tax on everything from airline flights and international shipping to fuel and financial transactions. At first, this punitive tax on progress is expected to net $100 billion annually, though that amount, like our energy costs, is expected to necessarily skyrocket.”

Updates November 23:

“The EU has agreed a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels, but proposals have surfaced that the cut should reach 30 percent.

Fatih Birol, of the IEA, said the gains from the tougher EU reduction target would roughly equal only two weeks of China’s emissions.” (Reuters)

“Robert Orr, UN under secretary general for planning, said the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming will be much worse than the last one.” (United Nations) Looks like the IPCC has a conclusion even before the report is written.

5 comments

  1. Well, seems fair enough to me. The United States has burned the most carbon. And now all the other nations are paying for the damages. Some nations will be entirely obliterated. Basically, we outsourced the carbon costs to the island nations instead of paying as we went, and now our carbon debt is HUGE. So huge that there is no way to repay it, really. I mean, Tuvalu and Jamaica and Grenada (and Texas and Louisiana and Florida, to be sure) are doomed, no way they will be viable unless you visit them with scuba gear. Hard to put a price on what we’ve done to those nations, but surely it is greater than zero. I’m sure if Jamaica had spent 100 years destroying our country – and eventually succeeded – we might expect some remuneration from them too. It’s like smacking your car into your neighbors fence and destroying it completely – you owe for the damages. It’s immoral to wipe out other nations and expect to pay nothing in damages to the climate refugees of those nations.
     

  2. Edenhofer also said “climate policy is redistributing the world’s wealth” and that “it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization.”
    —You are taking the context of this statement incorrectly to further your position that climate change is a hoax.  We are presently redistributing the worlds wealth to the middle east in trade for the carbon they have to sell.  If we don’t look at climate change and how to prevent it and work around it, we will fall  behind other countries in the world.  China is making massive investments in technology to combat climate change.  What should we do here in the US, bury our head in the sand.  The time to act is now, but by being beholden to big oil, you are spreading false information in an attempt to influence the public, not a good long term solution.
    The quote is correct, but what you are missing is that the solution to the problem of redistributing our wealth is to work on climate change at home.

  3. According to the Energy Information Administration  we currently import only 9% of crude oil from Saudi Arabia and 2% from Kuwait.  Our biggest foreign sources of crude oil are Canada 20%, Mexico, 10%, Venezuela 8%, Nigeria 8% and Russia 6%.
     
    Please do not confuse the fact that climate changes with the causes of climate change.  I have maintained that our burning of fossil fuels does not make a significant contribution to climate change, see why here:
    http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2009/06/04/your-carbon-footprint-doesn%E2%80%99t-matter/
     
    So far,  no one, not even the IPCC, has produced any physical evidence showing that burning fossils fuels has a significant effect on global temperature – it’s all just computer modeling.
    See: http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2010/04/26/how-mother-nature-fools-climate-scientists/
    See also: http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2009/06/17/a-basic-error-in-climate-models/
     
    We cannot prevent climate change, that is an on-going  natural process.
    See: http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2009/07/06/natural-climate-cycles/
    See also: http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2009/10/27/ice-ages-and-glacial-epochs/

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