To Kill IPCC, Cut the Cash
by Dennis Ambler
UN climate chief promotes carbon trading in Africa
I would suggest that many people think that the UN policies on “global warming/climate change/wealth re-distribution, emissions trading, etc” emerge only from the annual Conferences of the Parties, (COPS), such as Copenhagen and Cancun, but I would guess that not many are aware of the regular policy forums and meetings which occur almost on a monthly basis, driving forward the climate agenda, regardless of the serious and frequent blows dealt to the purported science behind that agenda.
If you thought the nonsense was all over, forget it. Take a look at the UNFCCC website where they are already in preparation for the COP 17 event in Durban, South Africa, from November 28th 2011 to December 9th 2011. Read the press release from the UN Climate Change Conference held last month in Bonn:
“A central political question that has crystallized during this session is how further emission reduction commitments by developed countries can be taken forward in the broader context of the emerging climate change regime, said United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
Referring to the link between negotiations on mitigation under the UN Climate Change Convention and mitigation under the Kyoto Protocol, she said: “Governments are realising that this link needs to be dealt with to get to a global solution and that will require high-level leadership during the year.” (That means our governments selling us out behind our backs)
Ms. Figueres said that the Kyoto Protocol remained critically important because it contained key rules to quantify and monitor efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and important market-based mechanisms that enable cost-effective mitigation.”
UN Carbon trader promotes Carbon trading
“I am honoured to be in Marrakech – 10 years after the Marrakech Accords were adopted. It is a noteworthy anniversary – an anniversary of the underpinnings that inaugurated the first phase of the climate regime and made the carbon markets work for many areas of the world, but frankly not for Africa.
Now we stand on the brink of entering into a second phase of the climate regime, one that needs to bring three critical elements:
• Deeper global emission reductions
• Increased support for developing country adaptation and mitigation (that means $100billion dollars a year from the industrialised nations, see SPPI paper, High Level Climate Finance)
• And more market activity in Africa
Ernst & Young recently released a report entitled “It’s time for Africa.” The report noted that Africa is becoming increasingly attractive as international investors seek new opportunities for growth. Foreign Direct Investment has increased by 87 percent since 2003. Moreover, the leading global companies surveyed for the report all stated that they believe Africa’s attractiveness for investors would further increase over the next three years. And in investor circles, Africa is being called “the world’s best-kept secret” and “the next big thing.”
These are important developments for investors, and obviously, they are critically important for you. These developments will assist you to connect all the relevant dots to make the carbon market work for Africa.”
Ms. Figueres knows all about emissions trading and has a long history in the development of the UN Clean Development Mechanism and extensive previous commercial links with carbon trading. An anthropologist by training, she aquired her knowledge of climate from Al Gore, noting on her web site c.v. that she has been ‘Trained and authorized by Al Gore to deliver his presentation “The Inconvenient Truth.”’
For more detail on Ms Figueres and other prominent AGW promoters cashing in on emissions trading, check out this SPPI blog from 31 October 2010 – “A Nest Of Carbon Vipers”
To see the extent of the bureaucracy and reach of the UNFCCC climate change “regime” take a look at the proceedings of the 13th Meeting of the Enforcement Branch (of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol), where Romania was in the dock for not having complied with reporting regulations under the Kyoto Protocol.
Every party to the Framework Convention on Climate Change has to produce National Reports, with “information on emissions and removals of greenhouse gases and the activities undertaken to implement the Convention. National communications usually contain information on national circumstances, vulnerability assessment, financial resources and transfer of technology, and education, training and public awareness”
“Each national communication of an Annex I Party is subject to an “in-depth” review conducted by an international team of experts and coordinated by the secretariat. National communications from non-Annex I Parties are not subject to such a review, but they are considered by the expert group set up by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation to deal with issues relating to these communications.”
Cut off the cash
If they don’t get a successor to Kyoto, a lot of people would be out of a job, so they will cobble something together in Durban and it will be described as a successful framework on which future developments can be built. The only way this monster will ever be stopped is if governments stop feeding it with our money.