Well, it seems that there have been more laps and lapses in Lima than one could shake a stick at! A close to never-ending story if ever there was one! Not the least of which were Greenpeace’s attention-seeking and appallingly disrespectful acts of destruction. Nonetheless, this annual dance to nowhere land was supposed to have ended December 12 around high-noon, Lima time. But here’s a screen-cap from my twitter-feed as of 12/13/2014 09:18 PM PST:
[Update:] Now that the almost never-ending lapses in Lima have at long last officially concluded, I thought it was rather amusing that the NYT’s “expert” of choice on this long overdue “conclusion” happens to be none other than E3G‘s (now sort of former), Jennifer Morgan whose current position is that of the World Resources Institute (WRI)’s “Global Director of the Climate Program”. (WRI, btw, had declared “gross receipts” of a mere $51,873,589 for the FY ending Sept. 30/13)
Morgan’s academic qualifications apparently include “Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Political Science and Germanic Studies and a Masters of Arts from the School of International Service at The American University in International Affairs.”
Of course, such qualifications make her eminently qualified to serve as “Review Editor for Chapter 13 on “International Cooperation: Agreements and Instruments” for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
But the crème de la crème of Morgan’s “qualifications” would have to be her pre-E3G service with the “Global Climate Change Program of Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), growing its climate program both in size and geography, with a focus on Asia Pacific.”
All the above, btw, is by way of introduction to the main focus of this particular post, i.e. a rare “unscripted” (perhaps!) performance by the UN’s head honcho, Ban Ki-moon during the course of an “exclusive” interview with CBC’s (far too un-challenging, for the most part) head news honcho, Peter Mansbridge – which evidently took place in NYC sometime prior to the December 8, 2014 air-date.
If you watch this video, you will notice a very distinct difference between Ki-moon reading a script (his most frequently seen posture) and Ki-moon responding without (any visible) script. A somewhat (albeit very limited, considering his very ill-informed and/or out-of date “talking points”) refreshing change.
Pardon my skepticism but …
Considering Mansbridge’s – almost peon at the foot of the Budda unquestioning posture for the most part and – less than “questioning” of Ki-moon’s apparently unscripted responses on matters in which neither Mansbridge nor Ki-moon possess any relevant professional “expertise”, I have to ask: Why would anyone grant the views of either Mansbridge or (more importantly) his interview subject any measure of credibility on the climate change front?!