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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Rex Murphy on Cancun
Here is a
favorite Canadian commentator taking on the recent global warming conflab been
held at Cancun.It has collapsed to farce and we have the
Japanese formally abandoning the Kyoto Accord and a rewrite been pushed that
will include India and China.
world has gone on so totally seems to be not on the agenda.It is clear that no one is now listening,
since we are back to a cycle of nasty winters.Silence has even fallen on the forests of the pine beetle infestation as
real winter freezes them out.
pretty bad when no one else shows up to catch the photo op.Perhaps Obama is a fickle politician who
wishes to get reelected?Just today (Tuesday)
he came out in support of the Bush tax cuts, suggesting even he will not push
with winter resurgent and promising to be lousy for a couple more years, claims
of a linkage between CO2 and global warming are categorically disproven by
sheer weight of evidence.
To be a
little more clear, any curious equation produced in 1998 that assigned a value
of probability to such a hypothesis of say 50%, would today be recalculated and
be giving us a figure approaching .05% or by anyone’s science categorically
disproving the linkage.This is no
longer something anyone can fudge around.
Yet a few
are still trying until the budget runs out.
Rex Murphy: Cancun
sun speeds decay of global warming charade
This global-warming/climate-change stuff is a
Over in England right now, they’re locked
in the jaws of a very early freeze-up. The roads are iced, the plows
overworked, and people are angry. But there’s a precious subset of the English
population that are not enduring the frigid and premature torments of a
northern winter. They’re the climate-change activists, bureaucrats,
politicians, puppeteers and NGOs — the class of professional alarmists who’ve
been banging on about global warming for close on two decades now. This bunch
has exempted itself from the rigors of English November, traded their sackcloth
and ashes for sun-wear and tropical breezes.
They’re toasting their pasty, righteous,
caterwauling epidermi on the golden hot sands of Cancun, Mexico,
flopped out amid the bikinis and barbeques while they attempt to spell out a
future of rationing and want for all the rest of us. Flown there on taxpayer or
foundation money, meeting up with all their buddies from the bust that was
Cophenhagen, the grim, grey priesthood of “sustainable” living are convening in
one of the great sybaritic strips of the entire Western world. The monks are in
But hey, if you’re going to do Armageddon — do
it in Cancun. The Apocalypse at the All You
Can Eat Buffet. Parasailing to Armageddon.
Does not one of the great minds decoding next
century’s weather see the brain-splitting contradiction of holding a conference
warning of the imminent threat of global warming in a venue that mainly exists
because people fly there to get warmer. That’s right, people spend money to fly
to Cancun mainly because it’s warmer there,
than where they live. In essence, Cancun is
what the global warming crowd are, otherwise, warning us about.
Perhaps at some level of instinct they do know.
Perhaps they know that this show of theirs is on its last legs, the jig is up,
the great game is over. After the unsuccessful 2009 Copenhagen conference, they had to have
realized that even Al Gore and all Al Gores’ grim little men would never be
able to put the whole rickety, tendentious machine back together again. After Copenhagen, and
especially after Climategate, even the true believers must have lost heart.
Witness this year’s confabulation. Notice who’s not there?
Last year, even the Golden One, Barack Obama, swept dramatically into Denmark. It was
the venue for all the A-list politicians. Prime Ministers and Presidents were
everywhere. This year, the world’s leaders have stayed away. Even the press,
whose Cancun presence is down considerably
compared to Copenhangen, smells the decay of a cause.
Some countries have made it clear that they no
longer are even pretending to play the global-warming abatement game. “Japan
will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or
under any circumstances,” declared Jun Arima, deputy director-general for
environmental affairs at Japan’s
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Given that his was the country where
Protocol was signed, it’s a powerful blow to the Gore-ish forces. Perhaps Japan will get one of those cute Fossil of the
Day Awards that Canada
so excels at collecting.
Could this be the last global warming conference?
It’s possible. The environmentalists and the activists have had a tin ear and a
surplus of righteousness from the beginning. But there’s something
extravagantly out of key, even for them, in holding their great “Save the
Planet” revival at Cancun — up to now famous for Spring Break and as a hangout
for louche Hollywood types and cleavage
researchers. It signals they’ve lost the will to pretend. And with Japan having walked away from the whole idea of Kyoto, it’s hard to see
how they’ll work up the steam for another holiday next year.
Rex Murphy offers commentary weekly on CBC TV’s
The National, and is host of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup.