Copenhagen – Day 1

Day 1

Day 1

We’re up and running at Copenhagen, and already, Australia has taken centre stage – for the wrong reason (or the right reason, depending on how you view it):

THE head of the world’s top climate research body has compared Tony Abbott to former US president and climate sceptic George W. Bush and conceded the failure of Australia’s cap and trade carbon bill has given momentum to climate naysayers worldwide. [“Naysayers”? Oh, please – Ed]

In an exclusive interview with The Australian just hours before he was to deliver the keynote address on the opening day of the Copenhagen global climate summit, Rajendra Pachauri denied the defeat of the legislation would provide enough impetus to derail negotiators at Copenhagen from delivering an agreement.

“It seems to me the Australian public is fully committed to taking action because Australia is probably one country that has suffered from the impacts of climate change more than any other,” Dr Pachauri said from Denmark. [Nonsense, of course, but we all know Pachauri can say anything and never be challenged – Ed]

“(Climate sceptics) will get momentum from time to time but they are certainly a minority so I don’t see in a democracy how they would succeed. [Those by-election results weren’t too bad – Ed]

“I think as long as Kevin Rudd is the Prime Minister of the government in power and he wants to move in a particular direction the country will rally around the PM.” [Don’t you bet on it – Ed] (source)

And whatever happens at Copenhagen, it won’t be enough to satisfy the global socialists:

The head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, told The Australian the $US10 billion package expected to be discussed during the 12-day summit was a “positive move and would create some degree of satisfaction among developing countries”.

“But it’s not going far enough,” he added, saying “serious work” was still required to deliver adequate assistance to the most vulnerable developing nations.

The European Commission has estimated that wealthy nations will need to provide as much as $US50bn a year to help poor nations develop cleaner technologies and mitigate the worst effects of global warming. (source)

Believe me, that will only be the start. We’ve already had demands from Central America for way more than that – it will be a blank cheque. Terry McCrann has the antidote to all this:

COPENHAGEN is going to be two weeks of insane hysteria. Just like the Olympics, but with lots of snow, courtesy of Al Gore and his ‘Gore Effect.’

There’ll be another major difference. This will be like the Olympics with only one country represented. All 40,000-plus attendees will be batting for the same side, so to speak.

We are going to be deluged with wall-to-wall coverage of hysterical end-of-the-world claims unless we hand over billions of dollars a year, every year, and close down our economy.

This really is the ultimate gift that keeps on taking. Give us the money to fight climate change; and as the climate changes every year, the funding has to be permanent.

Gets hotter? Climate change. Gets colder? Climate change. Stays pretty much the same? Now, that’s the really insidious climate change!

Read it all!

UPDATE: Looks like things may already be turning pear-shaped, after just one day:

Climate talks in Copenhagen have opened with a declaration that the 12 days of negotiations represent an historic opportunity for the world, but deep divisions between delegates have already emerged.

The representative of the developing world says the amount of money set aside to help poor nations adapt to climate change is an insult, and Saudi Arabia’s chief negotiator has raised issues about the validity of the scientific research used to justify claims that global warming is man-made. (source)

It looks like a roller-coaster ride ahead.

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