UPDATE 10/6/2014 04:47 PM (PDT): The awesome Alex Cull has kindly taken it upon himself to provide transcriptions of the videos below, starting with (IMHO) the most telling thereof, i.e. that of former UNFCCC Secretary, Yvo de Boer.
I shall add them to this post as Alex makes them available.
UPDATE 10/9/2014 : My thanks to Alex who has now completed the transcripts of all three videos below. Link to each transcript is provided beneath each video. Each one is definitely worth a read in its own right!
Notwithstanding all the recent very disturbing developments in the Middle East (and the United Nations’ by now typical blame-shifting, sidelining and political grandstanding in lieu of meaningful dialogue and solutions), it’s been a very interesting month or so on the “climate change” front in the blogosphere.
First a little history on the UN’s ever-decreasingly credible “climate change” (aka “the greatest threat to the future of the planet”) front …
A little over a year ago, on the virtual heels of the publication of a considerably less than “it’s worse than we thought” 5th “Assessment” report (AR5) from the “gold standard” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Working Group I (WGI), the UN’s head honcho, Ban Ki-Moon quietly announced a one-day “historic” (of course!) Climate Change Summit to be held on Sept. 23 of this year.
Miracle of miracles, as I had noted a few months ago, came the equally quiet “announcement” of the birth of (what subsequently turned out to be) Stern Report 2.0. As economist and long-time IPCC-nik Richard Tol observed:
There is a new Stern Review. Colloquially known as Stern2.0, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released its report last Tuesday. Since his 2006 review, Nick Stern has been regularly in the news, claiming it is worse than we thought. The new report fits the mould.
The summary was released before the main report. Rejecting the Scottish Enlightenment, we are invited to believe its findings without inspecting the evidence. It seems, though, that Lord Brentford has produced another work of far-fetched fiction. Stern2.0 makes three claims, none of which stand up: Climate policy stimulates economic growth; climate change is a threat to economic growth; and an international treaty is the way forward.
One of the (IMHO amusing) precipitating factors of Stern 2.0, as I had noted when I had inadvertently discovered its impending “birth”, was:
The New Climate Economy’s starting point is the perspective of economic decision-makers: government ministers, particularly ministers of finance, economy, energy and agriculture; business leaders and financial investors; state governors and city mayors.
For such decision-makers, climate change is rarely a primary concern.[…] Yet their decisions powerfully influence the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions.
If you happened to miss this “historic” climate summit last month, don’t worry, the UNEP has videos galore on offer – including, of course, a “grand opening video” letting participants know that they’re “all for climate action” (whatever that’s supposed to mean!)
One thing I noticed while watching this “grand opening” video, was that the accompanying music was quite a contrast to the “tick-tick, boom-boom, doom-doom” beat of UNEP produced videos of a mere year ago! Quite a switch in tone, IMHO ;-)
But that was then, so back to (the somewhat more recent) now of an “historic” pre-summit march. In the videos below, the preceding descriptive text is that of the RTCC who captured and produced all three.
Former Ireland president Mary Robinson and ex Norway prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland talk to RTCC ahead of the 2014 New York climate march:
Update: 10/8/2014 As Alex Cull noted in his comment below, a transcription of the above is now available at https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/2014/20140924_mr
United Nations climate chief talks to RTCC during the New York climate march, held on September 21 2014:
Update:10/9/2014 Although Alex Cull has not posted a comment below, his transcript of Christiana Figueres rallying the troops is now available at https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/2014/20140924_cf
New York climate summit: former UN climate chief Yvo de Boer speaks to RTCC on the sidelines of the UN meeting:
Update: 10/6/2014 04:53 PM As Alex Cull noted in his comment below a transcription of the above is now available at https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/2014/20140924_yd
The mileage of some may vary, but the view from here, so to speak, is that of all these interviewees – notwithstanding his totally non-climate related academic credentials – de Boer’s “assessment” is probably the closest to the current reality on the ground. And I say this notwithstanding his earlier faux pas prior to the release of WGI’s report.
His responses were far less riddled with jargon de jour (and jargon de yesterday!) than those of Robinson, Brundtland and (his immediate successor as UNFCCC head honcho) Christiana (aka Tinkerbell) Figueres.
Interesting times ahead, don’t you think?!