According to the Columbia Climate Law blog:
This should have been the last of our reports from the UNFCCC negotiations in Doha, but it is now in the early hours of Saturday, December 8 and it appears that the negotiations are far from over. A message frequently repeated today was the need to create a “package” outcome, which no party may think was perfect, but which represented a fair and balanced compromise that all parties could agree to.
At roughly 11:30pm on Friday evening, the COP meeting was opened. It is expected that the meeting will go well into Saturday (and possibly Sunday), and the details of the package that will be agreed are still unclear to most observers. At the beginning of the meeting, a video produced by “Sing for the Climate” was screened, showing hundreds of people singing that “we need to build a better future, and we need to start right now.” [pls. see below -hro] While most people in the room shared the sentiment of the video, it also seemed that the call to act “right now” may have been better coming at the beginning of these negotiations, rather than in the last hour of the last scheduled day of the talks. [emphasis added -hro]
So, presumably, the future of the planet is at stake and those who are responsible for agreeing to the directions don’t have a clue what’s going on!
Oh, well, I’ve perused some of the many mind-numbingly abstruse documents that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has put online, and I’d be really interested in knowing how many of the voting delegates have actually read and comprehended that which they’ve “agreed to”. Or even if they care!
As Walter Russell Mead has observed:
Climate Conference Ends in Disgrace
The only real winners here were the bureaucrats in the diplomacy industry for whom endless rounds of carbon spewing conferences with no agreement year after year mean jobs, jobs, jobs.
The Kyoto protocol, the ineffectual walking dead climate treaty, will lurch on for a few more years, toothless and brain dead.
Andrew Montford, aka Bishop Hill, author of The Hockey Stick Illusion and its sequel, Hiding the Decline has a take that is is somewhat similar:
A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour. The annual UN climate conference COP18 is no small affair. This is a bandwagon whose riders number in the thousands: motorcades of politicians, buses full of technocrats and policy wonks and jumbo-jets full of hippies travelling half way round the world, (ostensibly) to save the planet from the (allegedly) pressing problem of climate change
This is despite the fact that nobody seems able to point to any great problems caused by the modest warming of the globe at the end of the last century — with global flood and hurricane levels plumbing levels rarely seen in the historical record, global sea ice levels at around their long-term average, new research suggesting that claims of increased levels of drought have been overstated, oh yes, and a distinct absence of any warming — there has been precious little for the delegates to get alarmed about.
[…] [The bureaucrats’] jobs are quite simply going to disappear if they come up with the wrong answer about climate change. Any statement that comes out of the UN climate machine — the UNFCC, the COPs, UNEP or the IPCC — has to be seen through this prism. When did you ever hear a bureaucracy announce that it was no longer required?
So faced with a certain unwillingness by some delegations to take the unhinged policy steps that many at the conference advocated, but mindful of the need to keep the bandwagon rolling, COP18 did what UN conferences usually do, agreeing to take drastic (but unspecified) steps in coming years. […]
As for that video, it is short and catchy with a very up-beat Klezmerish tune. On the bright side, it certainly beats the message of the 10:10 No Pressure disaster – and its use of kids two years ago.
But on the not so bright side, there is something that’s, well, somewhat alarming about this, don’t you think? Well, that’s the view from here.