Oh my: Copenhagen rocked by draft agreement authored by “rich countries”; Update: Palin calls on Obama to skip conference

posted at 7:38 pm on December 8, 2009 by Allahpundit

The plan: Sideline the UN in future negotiations, require developing countries to limit emissions instead of merely encouraging them to do so, and offer them $10 billion a year to cope with rising temperatures instead of the $200 billion they’re asking. Oh, and conveniently forget to ask for their input while drafting this proposal. Who knew that a politburo could operate so inequitably, with a stronger faction dictating terms to a weaker one? All countries are equal in the fight against climate change but … some are more equal than others, I guess.

I’ll bet Bret Stephens is pissed that this didn’t happen yesterday. It would have rounded off his new column nicely. The committee name alone:

The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.

The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.

The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.

The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol’s principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act. The draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank; would abandon the Kyoto protocol – the only legally binding treaty that the world has on emissions reductions; and would make any money to help poor countries adapt to climate change dependent on them taking a range of actions.

As Matthew Philbin says, what this is really about is first-world nations getting last-minute cold feet at the thought of massive wealth transfers to some unreliable partners. Although that raises the question of why the summit wasn’t limited to large economies in the first place. If the support of developing countries is this expendable, just exclude them from the beginning, negotiate terms among the major powers, and then offer some modest incentives to third-world nations to adopt the final agreement. As it is, they’re risking some sort of PR debacle here, like a walkout. But then, PR debacles are what they’re all about, aren’t they?

Oh, elsewhere at Copenhagen today, lefty heroine Naomi Klein condemned carbon offsets trading as just too darned capitalist-y and hint-hinted to protesters about getting violent (“People have compared this moment to the feeling in the air in Seattle ten years ago.”) Another fine item for Stephens’s column that came one day too late.

Update: It’s not germane to the post, and there’s not a chance in hell it’ll happen, but if Sarahcuda wants to hand me some easy traffic bait for an update, I’ll take it.

In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a “deal.” Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people. What Obama really hopes to bring home from Copenhagen is more pressure to pass the Democrats’ cap-and-tax proposal. This is a political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs — particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science.

Without trustworthy science and with so much at stake, Americans should be wary about what comes out of this politicized conference. The president should boycott Copenhagen.


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You just don’t like a Black Man in White House.

You’re stupid. We don’t like a Marxist in the White House, regardless of skin color. As for a black man in the White House, this guy right here would get my vote….http://allenwestforcongress.com/.

jimmy2shoes on December 8, 2009 at 10:41 PM

You’re stupid. We don’t like a Marxist in the White House, regardless of skin color. As for a black man in the White House, this guy right here would get my vote….http://allenwestforcongress.com/.

jimmy2shoes on December 8, 2009 at 10:41 PM

That man is awesome. Made the link live for ya too.

Brian1972 on December 8, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Palin:

He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a “deal.”

Hey, maybe he’s negotiated a great price on caulk and weatherstripping! Yep, this must be what he was talking about in that Jon Stewart clip when he said he didn’t want to tip his hand.

Buy Danish on December 8, 2009 at 11:06 PM

You think he is not qualified.

At this point I am divided as to whether this Jug Eared Jesus is the most unqualified boob ever to disgrace the presidency or is a dedicated socialist tool of George Soros hell bent on turning America into a Third World Urinal. But, stupid or clever, he is destroying this country.

MaiDee on December 8, 2009 at 11:06 PM

antisocial on December 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Yikes, we’ve got a live one here!

So much that he “knows” just isn’t so.

Brian1972 on December 8, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Here’s my alternative proposal:

Sideline the UN is all matters, leave developing countries to develop without trying to push them down, and give them, er, nothing to cope with “rising” temperatures.

amerpundit on December 8, 2009 at 7:58 PM>

I’ll see your “sideline the UN” and raise you a “disband the UN”

ya2daup on December 8, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Once the developing nations of the world realize that they will actually have to sacrifice to fight climate change, they’ll lose interest.

Mike Honcho on December 8, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Neither imperialism nor imperialism imperialism, but “compassionate imperialism”… suckas!

ya2daup on December 8, 2009 at 11:25 PM

I’ll see your “disband the UN” and raise you a “nuke the UN.” All in a spirit of bipartisanship, of course.

hachiban on December 8, 2009 at 11:28 PM

You’re stupid. We don’t like a Marxist in the White House, regardless of skin color. As for a black man in the White House, this guy right here would get my vote….http://allenwestforcongress.com/.

jimmy2shoes on December 8, 2009 at 10:41 PM

I am definitely getting there. I am mad. Did you hear this guy talk about the TARP money for Stimulus-II today? The arrogance.

BTW – Loved the video. Don’t know much about him but I’ll check. From what I saw I am willing to support Allen West. I just want to find out more before I commit 100%. We need to be very vigilant before throwing our support behind candidates. RINO’s are as bad as democrats if not worse.

antisocial on December 8, 2009 at 11:32 PM

hachiban on December 8, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Where is Curtis LeMay when our country really needs him? “Curtis, Copenhagen. Sic ‘em!”

ya2daup on December 8, 2009 at 11:35 PM

antisocial on December 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM

If that was really you, I’m sorry.

If that wasn’t really you, you’re living rent-free in their heads.

In either case, libtard brain dumps are pathetic and short due to the lethal combination of too few ideas and too few brain cells.

Time to go read the comments at VF and WaPo: sounds like a hoot!

ya2daup on December 8, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Naomi Klein? Wait, isn’t she the lady that thinks a good time to do analysis of health care in the US is when you literally have brain damage? (Note, if I remember right this is literally true.)

Dave_d on December 8, 2009 at 11:44 PM

A sample out of many parodies / putdowns of AlGoreRhythmic Rhyme for the brown-nosing VF article, “Al Gore: The Jabba the Hutt of Climate Change”:

My own far humbler poem: The gravy train has dried up, The data cooked like overboiled couscous into yellow science mush: Hide the decline. Get a life.

Posted 12/7/2009 by anglosaxon

Carbon! Hay lapa no ya, carbon!
– AlGoreacle

ya2daup on December 8, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Inspired by my own muse, The Goreacle, I humbly submit this:

One long December fortnight
Smug parasites from all continents appear
In the land of the midnight sun

Clouds of verbal flatus arise
When the carbon-spewing jets (their use justified
by having purchased carbon offsets) disgorge Hell’s spawn

Untruths, like a ruptured septic tank, burst forth
To be consumed like manna by sycophants
Long unused to thinking for themselves

Then funding dries up
Wealth transfer schemes collapse
Those who would have been fleeced celebrate

Disappointed alms seekers
Take their leave, pissed off
Publicists ready their excuses

The remainder assembled
Rush to the off ramps
These clowns ought to have their bells rung

Wailing from the self-annointed grows
As the hour of agreements’ collapse arrives
Serves you right, tools

Luv ya, Al!

ya2daup on December 9, 2009 at 12:34 AM

The “stupid”, “yokel”, “backwoods” former governor of Alaska has the best post linked by Hot Air today. Common sense is currency when Washington is so short of it.

Christian Conservative on December 9, 2009 at 12:42 AM

russcote on December 9, 2009 at 1:51 AM

I bet russcote responds to me again, even though I haven’t said anything back to this post. Because he’s just that obsessed with me.

crr6 on December 9, 2009 at 1:56 AM

crr6 on December 9, 2009 at 1:56 AM

If you two kids want to play hide-and-go-seek, do it outside.

ya2daup on December 9, 2009 at 2:44 AM

antisocial on December 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM

hey dumbo, Sarah Palin has a degree.

maggieo on December 9, 2009 at 3:00 AM

Once again, Sarah Palin proves to be the most rational and credible critic of this Administration.

And she fights. It doesn’t matter if she wins at the moment … her time to clean up the messes of Obamadumbsies will be sooner than most skeptics think.

TheAlamos on December 9, 2009 at 5:19 AM

Racist,
What does Obama, Palin and UN have in common? You just don’t like a Black Man in White House. You think he is not qualified. Palin doesn’t have a degree. Obama has. You don’t have the intelligence to understand Global Warming. We know Global Warming is a truth. We know stimulus is spending. We need more stimulus. We need cap and trade. We need to focus on Green Jobs. We need rule of law. We need health insurance reform. We need to cut down on defense. We need to bring our troops home. We need to close Gitmo. You are jealous Obama won Nobel Prize. You don’t want him to accept Nobel either. Do you? Has any Republican President or Vice President got Nobel prize? No.

He is the Greatest President since FDR.

antisocial on December 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM

As far as race goes it appears you are projecting. You do know that the Nobel Prize is given out by leftists to leftists right? Palin has a degree and actually ran something. Obama had NO experience. Gitmo is still open and we have troops still in both wars. In fact we are increasing our presence in Afghanistan. Global warming is a hoax . You spew the same tire tripe…getalife.

CWforFreedom on December 9, 2009 at 6:23 AM

CWforFreedom on December 9, 2009 at 6:23 AM

I read him/her as taking the Michael. At least, I hope so, otherwise we have another idiot on the board.

OldEnglish on December 9, 2009 at 6:49 AM

He is the Greatest President since FDR.

antisocial on December 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Yeah. One Year and Obumbie is now the greatest.

In 2012 … He is king, right?

antisocial =>>> pro-socialist. And you have a degree, right.

TheAlamos on December 9, 2009 at 7:23 AM

The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.

They’re in the Circle of Trust!

Chuckles3 on December 9, 2009 at 7:52 AM

Gov. Palin called out this administration on healthcare and now she’s calling em out on global warming. While the rest of the GOP remains neutered and feckless, she remains courageous. Folks, she is the most effective voice we have.

WordsMatter on December 9, 2009 at 8:52 AM

The president should boycott Copenhagen.

It seems so obvious. But how come Palin is almost the only one with clarity and guts enough to say it?

petefrt on December 9, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Gov. Palin called out this administration on healthcare and now she’s calling em out on global warming. While the rest of the GOP remains neutered and feckless, she remains courageous. Folks, she is the most effective voice we have.

WordsMatter on December 9, 2009 at 8:52 AM

AND SHE IS A VOTE FOR FURTHER GLOBALISM

RON PAUL 2012 OR LIBERTY DIES!

BobAnthony on December 9, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Oh, and you neocons need to see these

TWO VIDEOS

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?!

BobAnthony on December 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

WE ARE HEADING TOWARD OPEN WORLD GOVERNMENT…AND YOU DO NOTHING! YOU NEOCONS ARE FOOLS! ENJOY YOUR FEMA CAMPS CENTRAL BANK SLAVES!

BobAnthony on December 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

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