• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Clashing in Copenhagen

    With the Copenhagen climate summit wrapping up Friday, there are a number of battles developing from the political elite to the grassroots activists. But none is bigger than the one between developed and developing nations that has stalled progress for a binding treaty.

    Rich vs. Poor

    Developing nations want more money to combat climate change, steeper emissions cuts from developed nations and exemption from any binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Developing nations are pushing for $100 billion annually, emissions cuts of 25-40% by 2020 for developed countries and an extension of the Kyoto Protocol that would excuse developing nations from cutting CO2.

    Developed nations want just the opposite. Their offer to developing nations is $10 billion a year but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it could be increased to $100 billion if major developing countries, most notably China, commit to emissions reductions. The Washington Post reports, “The United States pledged Thursday to help secure $100 billion in annual financing by 2020 to help poor countries cope with climate change but said its commitment depends on whether the nations gathered here forge a substantive environmental pact that includes “transparency” on tracking emissions cuts.”

    In light of Climategate and given the fact Chinese statistics are often altered or censored, it’s obvious transparency has been absent in this entire climate change debate and there’s no reason to think it will improve now or in the future.

    Protesters vs. Police
    As the talks between global leaders heat up, so does the battle between protesters and guards armed with batons, pepper spray and riot gas. In total, 1,800 people have been arrested since the climate summit began on December 7th. Most of those arrested are radical environmental activists but not everyone who traveled to Copenhagen is pressing for urgent action to address climate change. Some are warning of the economic dangers of an international climate change treaty.

    For instance, the National Center for Public Policy Research is distributing bubble gum balls displaying the phrase: “Carbon Credit Gum: World’s Biggest Bubble” in Copenhagen. The group is also handing out candy suckers with the caption “Sucker for CO2 Limits.”

    Carbon trading fraud has long been a problem for nations that entered into a cap and trade like system. The European Union implemented a carbon trading scheme and it has been fraught with fraud. French officials are investigating a $230 million carbon trading fraud scheme and this is only the tip of the iceberg in what is a startling revelation and huge blow to the climate talks in Copenhagen:

    “Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement arm against organized crime, announced on Wednesday that carbon-trading fraud has cost the bloc’s governments $7.4 billion in lost tax revenue over the last 18 months.”

    Political Heavyweights

    Last week Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson told attendees at the United Nations climate conference her agency would regulate carbon dioxide with common sense, but implementing carbon regulations and using common sense are mutually exclusive seeing as how it would cost exorbitant sums of money for no environmental benefit. Then Al Gore told an audience there was a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap could be gone in 5 to 7 years, but the climatologist he cited refuted that instantly, saying, “It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at. I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.” Hillary Clinton put her stamp on the conference by pledging the U.S. will help with a large foreign aid package to developing nations. And Senator John Kerry (D-MA) says that success in Copenhagen would spell success for cap and trade in the Senate.

    Senator James Inhofe battled back in Copenhagen with some bold words of his own. He told reporters: “I am here to make sure the 190 countries here don’t go home with the false impression. The United States is not going to pass cap and trade. It just isn’t going to happen. Its chances are zero.” He continued on to say, “Most of you are on the far left side, so listen closely. I contend the consensus is not there, and it wasn’t there prior to Climate-gate. Nothing binding will come out of here in my opinion, and if it does it will be rejected by the American people.”

    President Obama will be up next. As Heritage Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman warns, our politicians shouldn’t be making promises abroad when they can’t deliver them at home.

    For more on Copenhagen, check out The Heritage Foundation’s Copenhagen Consequences Web site.

    Posted in Energy [slideshow_deploy]

    6 Responses to Clashing in Copenhagen

    1. T.Johnson, USA says:

      Copenhagen conference is a disaster. President Obama can only bring shame onto himself and his country. All the political leaders supporting this fraud will sink as new data comes forth. The scheme is unraveling..

    2. MidwestGreen, Omaha, says:

      The corruption in the carbon markets is already rampant. What kind of government would want any part of that. Please Global Warming is a scam and thank you to Senator Inhofe and the whistleblower who distributed the documents that should have been released because of the freedom of information act.

    3. Pingback: PA Pundits - International

    4. Pingback: Silence in republic: Carbon Trading and American Dazzle of DOLLARS in COPENHAGEN.Developed nations should deliver on Kyoto Protocol, says Manmohan Singh « Palashbiswaskl’s Weblog

    5. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      Rich vs Poor?

      Sounds like the same type of class warfare being spouted in this country. It is a political tactic that only causes division and resentment. Fortunately, most reasonable people of ALL races inherently KNOW America offers better opportunities to get ahead than any other country in the world.

      Whether that remains true in our future will be determined by whether we are a Socialist/Marxist State with a dead Constitution or we regain all of our freedoms and insist on smaller government and accountability at the polls.

    6. Btok says:

      Lord Christopher Monckton, reporting from the summit, has stated that the only goal of the conference was to implement the framework and the funding for a world government ?quot; which he asserts has been achieved.“That is the one thing that they are definitely going to succeed in doing here and they will announce that as a victory in itself, and they will be right because that is the one and only single aim of this entire global warming conference, to establish the mechanism, the structure, and above all the funding for a world government.” They are going to take from the western countries the very large financial resources required to do that.” Monckton said, adding “They will disguise it by saying they are setting up a $100 billion fund for adaptation to climate change in third world countries, but actually, this money will almost all be gobbled up by the international bureaucracy.”“The first thing they will do, and the one thing I think they were always going to succeed in doing at this conference is to agree to establish what will be delicately called ‘the institutional framework’. Now that is a code word for world government.

      PS: We need to establish the truth about Climate Change from credible Scientists' stop these Climate Summits before we’re all Carbon taxed to death and acquire some UN and Elitist arrests! Like for example Al Gore! Folks we are actually dealing with criminals here! I don't know if the world figures them too big to arrest or what but our Sovereignty is in peril of being lost! Help me stop them by stepping up and making your opinions known!

      Take a look at this video clip with a little humor that states the case of where things stand with the CRU East Anglia Email Leaks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8O-E_GN0Kg&fe

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×