COP 18 struggles to ride waves from Sandy and Bopha

Notwithstanding all the duly recycled little-bit-louder-and-a-whole-lot-worse chapters and verses from the long established “climate bible” on the part of enviro-activists from the UN’s Secretary-General to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s chair, Rajendra Pachauri – along with his stable of “objective, transparent, inclusive talent” – it seems that desperate delegates in Doha are down in the dumps.

Early attempts to attribute damages caused by non-hurricane Sandy to “climate change”, didn’t quite cut the mustard when it came to firing up the negotiators. So, according to “talk in the corridors“, the latest climate change hysteria is being fuelled by the pleadings of:

the delegate from the Philippines who emotionally implored delegates to “open their eyes to the stark reality we face,” informing delegates that typhoon Bopha has regained strength and is approaching another part of the Philippines.

And on the free-speech-for-me-but-not-for-thee front, those in the corridors also noted that:

The evening stocktaking plenary saw a climate skeptic hijack a party’s microphone and request a review of climate science. His statement was greeted by loud boos from the room and many delegates were outraged afterwards, expressing hope that he will be “debadged” and banned from the COP. This strong reaction prompted one delegate to note that, “even though we have a long way to go before we’re able to say that we’ve avoided dangerous climate change, based on everyone’s reaction, we all seem to at least agree that climate change is a problem to be taken seriously.”

I’m truly sorry for the loss of life, livelihood and property sustained by the victims and families of these far from unprecedented weather events. But isn’t it time that these activists faced reality: there is no empirical evidence of any causal link whatsoever between such weather events and human-generated emissions of carbon dioxide.

And on a totally unrelated note … today, December 6, marks the third anniversary of my very first post.

So … Happy anniversary is the view from here … even if I do say so, myself;-)

7 thoughts on “COP 18 struggles to ride waves from Sandy and Bopha

  1. Congratulations and happy anniversary! I’m now raising a (virtual) glass of Moët & Chandon champagne in your honour. Cheers!

    Re Sandy, Bopha and so on, I find it fascinating – and sobering – to browse the various online newspaper archives that go back a century or more – there are a great many well-documented accounts of extreme weather events in times past, with great loss of life and tremendous damage caused to property. The New England Hurricane of 1938 and the Bhola cyclone of 1970 are such events; Bhola killed 500,000 people, and if an identical storm happened now, it would immediately be attributed to man-made global warming and it would become a talking point at the next climate conference.

    But these historic storms were before the dawn of “climate history”, so it’s almost as if they’ve become non-events…

    • Thanks, Alex. I treated myself to a few glasses of (non-virtual) Shiraz to mark the occasion ;-)

      As for the many well-documented accounts becoming non-events, I quite agree. The UN seems to have a remarkable facility for generating such “revisionism” doesn’t it?! And not only on the “climate history” front!

      Btw, I loved your tweet earlier today on the news that the UNFCCC seems to have resuscitated and breathed extended (if increasingly faint) life into Kyoto via yet another last-minute guarantee of self-perpetuation:

      The Copenhagen Accord. The Cancun Agreements. The Durban Platform. The Doha Gateway. Next year – the Warsaw Pact!

      Of course, each item in your list above – which I think I might have begun with the 2007 Bali Road Map – has spawned one or more acronymic offspring!

      I seem to recall reading that either (or both) the AWG-KP and/or the AWG-LCA – both spawned after Bali – finally got put to bed this year! While the ADP (which was spawned subsequent to Durban) appears to be merrily rolling along!

  2. Thanks, Hilary! I had forgotten the Bali Road Map – what a journey it’s been.

    I’ve just been listening to Ms. Figueres on YouTube: “over the past years… we have had more international policy progress than we have had over the past 10 years”. Certainly the levels of acronym generation have progressed marvellously.

    However: “…the door is closing fast…” She’s right – it’s unsustainable. There are only 10 digits and 26 letters of the alphabet – are we approaching Peak Acronym?

    • “Peak Acronym”! Perfect Alex :-) I wonder what the “tipping point” will be! And I wonder if the acronym spawning is happening, well, faster than we thought!

  3. Here’s a new one: R-SIC. An umbrella collection, including the COPs as founding members: Rent-Seekers International Conferences.

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