My summary of the results from Copenhagen’s Climate Change Summit are more than a week late due to the Holiday Break, but to be honest with you, it really doesn’t matter. For all the hoopla surrounding the fiasco, all the jockeying, pontificating and lugubrious debate had by global delegates for nearly two weeks, they finally agreed on one thing; we need to have more talks. This brilliant idea is being billed as, “The Copenhagen Accords.” What a joke.
The Summit, billed as the last great hope for the world to combat detrimental carbon emissions, hopefully ending in some form of legally binding treaty that all nations would sign and agree to, proved to be the fantasy many expected it to be. The idea of getting a world consensus to read and react to a theory, especially considering the characters involved and the mounting numbers of incredulous humans is a preposterous notion. If Chuck Schumer, respected Senator from New York, then New York State Congressman didn’t even agree with our military going into the First Gulf War, I highly doubt a gathering of the worlds most nonsensical and villainous state heads could decide on a binding agreement to the scale proposed in Copenhagen.
What were agreed upon were basically the same things agreed upon before the ballyhooed and now much maligned meeting. The liberal leaders around the world agreed that Global Warming was man-made, agreements must be made to curb emissions of CO2 immediately, and the rich countries must foot the bill for the non-rich. But this time they were meeting for something deeper and more meaningful than the typical resolutions against Israel, this time there was money involved. In a midst of a global recession, developing nations agreed to the pre-summit $30 billion per year figure over the next three years, hopefully reaching $100 billion annually by 2020.
As I previously stated, I can almost guarantee we will be on the hook for a good chunk of the 30 to 100 billion. The good thing is that it’s never going to happen. The Wall Street Journal Reports, “As for the $100 billion a year by 2020, U.S. officials said the vast majority of it would come from the private sector, in particular through the buying and selling of “carbon credits,” and not from government coffers.” That pipe dream is predicated on the idea of the Senate passing an absurd Cap-and-Trade bill and getting it signed into law soon. Yes, the House did pass an initial bill, but that has been debunked thoroughly. Even with the Senate able to scrounge up 60 votes to push their utopian dreams, the bill in its current form has no chance. Passing legislation as such would be political suicide for every Democrat in office, considering the fastidious mandates encrusted within such an astronomically irresponsible bill.
So here we are after nearly two years of planning, thousands of jets flights, limo rides, and a multitude of promises being made from leaders stretching across the globe, with an agreement that could have been made just as well by proxy. With an “Accord” seemingly rendered out of spite that is as non-binding as it is outlandish, sites will be set for the next world meeting in Mexico in late 2010. In the meantime, be weary of our liberal friends who may use their fabled United Nations prestige as evidence of “rational” world opinion and support for carbon emissions curbing mandates, and attempt to push a newer version of Cap-and-Trade through the Senate sometime during 2010. With “consensus” on man-made global warming waning, and our domestic minds getting tired of the relentless onslaught of over-reaching government intrusion into every sector of our economy and lives, I say push on. It will only work to awaken the already irritated electorate. If anything, the lack of accord garnered in Copenhagen may just have bought us another year for all of us to finally come to our senses.