The Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty Draft – wealth transfer defined, now with new and improved "dignity" penalty

This is the draft of the Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty currently out of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change working group dated September 15th.

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Thanks to Alan MacRae for providing it to me. To get an idea of the kinds of things being proposed, I provide it here with some excerpts below. Readers that wish to highlight some other excerpts should do so in comments.

Page 62:

33. Each Party’s national schedule shall include:

(a) A long-term national greenhouse gas emissions limitation or reduction pathway;

(b) A country-driven nationally appropriate mitigation strategy, differentiated in terms of the ambition, timing and scope of its mitigation commitments or actions, which could be, inter alia, project-based, sectoral or economy-wide.

(c) Each Party’s nationally appropriate mitigation strategy shall include:

(i) Except for the least developed countries and small island developing States,

quantified emissions limitation or reduction commitments for 2020, consistent

with its long-term national greenhouse gas emissions limitations or reduction

pathway, subject to regular review; and

(ii) Measurable, reportable and verifiable mitigation policies and measures to meet its quantified emissions limitation or reduction commitments for 2020, as appropriate, and to support its national greenhouse gas emissions limitations or reduction pathway, subject to regular review.

34. All countries prepare low emission development strategies. Note that further paragraphs would be required to describe in more detail their function and relationship to the national schedules described above and a potential facilitative/matching platform.

35. All Parties shall develop and regularly update and submit information relating to the implementation of their nationally appropriate mitigation strategies. Such information shall be reviewed and verified according to agreed rules and guidelines.

36. All Parties, except for the least developed countries and small island developing States, shall develop and regularly update and submit a national inventory of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of all gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol.

37. National inventories shall be:

(a) Undertaken in accordance with the latest agreed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories; and

(b) Submitted, reviewed and verified according to agreed frequencies, rules and guidelines.

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Page 122, Item 17 is quite troubling.

15. [Developed country Parties [shall][should] provide support to developing country Parties, particularly those specified in Articles 4.8 and 4.9 of the Convention, in order to allow developing country Parties to address issues related to social and environmental development, economic diversification, risk assessment, modelling and insurance to prevent the adverse effects of the spillover effects.] Alternative to paragraph 15:

[In the implementation of paragraphs 11 (c)11 and 11 (d)12 above (159.1 and 159.2 in FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/INF.1) , through the provision of financial resources, including for access, development and transfer of technology, at agreed full incremental costs in accordance with Article 4.3 of the Convention;

Recognizing that there are ways and means to reduce or avoid such impacts through careful and informed selection of policies and measures, to evaluate the effectiveness of existing tools, and to consider new ones, in order to assist developing country Parties in addressing these impacts.]

16. [Adverse economic and social consequences of response measures [shall][should] be addressed by proper economic, social and environmental actions, including promoting and supporting economic diversification and the development and dissemination of win-win technologies in the affected countries, paying particular attention to the needs and concerns of the poorest and most vulnerable developing country Parties.]

Alternative to paragraph 16:

[Adverse economic and social consequences of response measures shall be addressed by various means, including but not limited to promoting, supporting and enabling economic diversification, funding, insurance and the development, transfer and dissemination of win-win technologies in the affected countries, such as cleaner fossil fuel technologies, gas flaring reduction, and carbon capture and storage technologies.]

17. [[Developed [and developing] countries] [Developed and developing country Parties] [All Parties] [shall] [should]:]

(a) Compensate for damage to the LDCs’ economy and also compensate for lost opportunities, resources, lives, land and dignity, as many will become environmental refugees;

(b) Africa, in the context of environmental justice, should be equitably compensated for environmental, social and economic losses arising from the implementation of response measures.


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Leon Brozyna

As a result of its astouding success in developing a free and vibrant economy, the U.S. is to be punished. Let this obscenity suffer the same fate in the Senate as that experienced by the Kyoto accord.

Michael

Won’t it be nice when the world realizes that none of this is necessary.
Then the world can start focusing on the things that really matter.

Watt’s wrong with that? I happen to like dignity.
Dignity for me is not having to scrabble around for human and animal dung to light a fire to cook the maggots out of the family meal.
Dignity for me is access to clean plentiful water, provided by dams built with human ingenuity.
Dignity for me is being able to spray insect repellent all over myself, to ward off mosquitoes carrying Ross River virus, encephalitis, and perhaps malaria.
Dignity for me is to be able to carry enough food for a week or two in my SUV.
Dignity for me is not having to suffer heat-waves or cold-snaps, by turning on a climate-control device, and having unlimited cheap electricity to be able to do so at times of my choosing.
This is the dignity that I wish for all mankind. This is the dignity that all deserve.
This dignity will not come from taxation of the poor – it will come from within. Start with basic health – clean water, and amelioration of preventable disease (e.g. malaria). Next, human worth (dignity?) by giving hope rather than hand-outs. Accelerate food production by the use of GM seed-lots.
The cost? Perhaps a hundredth of what has been spent on the Great Global Warming swindle so far……
The Greens are simply Malthusians.

tarpon

Well at least they plainly show they think everyone is as stupid as they are.

Dodgy Geezer

Actually, it doesn’t look too bad.
The bits you have highlighted could certainly be interpreted as radically supporting underdeveloped countries at the expense of the West, but I notice they are long on expansive verbiage (like ‘dignity’!) and short on any firm promise to provide anything.
What is proposed is that strategies be created, support be provided to address issues ‘related to social and environmental development’, lots of planning and writing proposals. But no actual action.
This is exactly what I would expect of the liberal left-leaning green pontificators. They will propose no end of conferences and working parties which they can employ themselves in at high wages, but they have no stomach for actually doing anything. They prefer to talk about it.
Global warming is not happening. But if it were, these people would fail to offer any solution. They would sit chattering on their patios with a glass of Chardonay while the world burnt. Secretly, they are overjoyed that Global Warming is not happening – it means yet another round of expensive parties and ‘solution workshops’ which need not deliver anything at all….

Tom in Florida

Finally, we see in writing that the real goal is to control the world.

rbateman

Does this treaty (treated as a blatant scourge upon mankind) include penalty/pathway for the global shippers that burn massive quantities of fuel oils to profit by moving every resource/product under the Sun as far away from origin as possible?

Geo

I’m going to start looking for another mattress…my 35% taxes, plus all the sales tax, etc. is just the begining. With this proposition, not only do I have to “help out” the slugs in this country, I will be forced to direct my charities to “Ubly Ubly’s” corrupt government, in some third world country.
The second mattress, although only yeilding 0%, should ensure that I can feed myself in a couple decades…..

Craigo

So Africa (or should I say its corrupt political leaders) will be further rewarded for keeping their populace in abject poverty ( low carbon footprint per capita!) despite the burgeoning wealth of natural resources and expolitation of those resources for the benefit of only the political elite.
Alternatively, they can export those people to ensure their “dignity” to developed countries who will somehow manage a growing populace whilst reducing their emissions.
But that would just be another unintended consequence of stupidity.

Tony Hansen

‘..removal by sinks of all gases..’
And just how do they propose to measure this?
How many test sites will be needed?
Who will do the testing?
Who will pay for this testing?
How much variability is there within carbon sinks?
How much seasonal variation is there within carbon sinks?
How reliable are the tests?
How……..

Tony Hansen

Maybe I should have said, ‘how much temporal and spatial variation?’.

Ron de Haan

The moment the Irish voted Yes in favor of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU announced “CO2 Tax 2” for households, the transport sector and farmers.
The CO2 tax will be used to help development countries cope with the effects of Climate Change.
“The introduction of taxes is difficult but the problem of Climate Change is bigger than the current economic crises!”, according to Mr. Kovács, European Commissar for taxes who came up with the proposal.
Obviously it does not matter that the entire CO2 scheme is based on a hoax and people are forced to pay a tax which will grant a significant power to the corrupt UN and the corrupt regimes of the third world countries.
I say “screw them all” and refuse to pay a single penny to these scam artists.
Go to the streets in protest, go to the courts and fight for your freedom.
This is only the beginning.

Douglas DC

Still snowing up in the Blues of NE Oregon.Winter is here early.I hope Copenhagen
gets shut due to a Hale winter. This is wealth redistribution.China,Russia and India will happily comply-right?..

OK, but as long as Australia can be counted in teh ‘small island developing states.
1. It’s developing. Faster than most places I know apart from Dubai, anyway. Anything over 100 years old here is ‘historic’, so the only way to go is to develop.
2. It’s an island. OK, a continent too, but still an island….
3. It’s small. Well, it’s population is small at 15M. Size wize it’s as large as the contiguous US states, but population is small. That’s because we have to ‘develop’ still…
Pleeeeaaaaseeeee!!!! I want some carbon dollars too!

Seems reasonable, where do I sign?

Curiousgeorge

Welcome to WWIII.

just passing

The UN doesn’t give a damn about human dignity or the environment.
Project Censored: Top 25 Censored Stories for 2010
#3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates
http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/3-toxic-waste-behind-somali-pirates/

Jeremy

Section 17 is just fine. The U.S. already gives more in aid to those countries than any other nation. If anything, that should HELP our economy.

Michael

“Alternative to paragraph 16:
[Adverse economic and social consequences of response measures shall be addressed by various means, including but not limited to promoting, supporting and enabling economic diversification, funding, insurance and the development, transfer and dissemination of win-win technologies in the affected countries, such as cleaner fossil fuel technologies, gas flaring reduction, and carbon capture and storage technologies.]”
Someone please tell Senator John D. Rockefeller IV the 3.4 billion he is spending on CCS is nonsense so please stop.
“Rockefeller has consistently pushed to make CCS technologies part of the solution in making the United States more energy independent. He fought to make sure funding for CCS technologies was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – and as a result, $3.4 billion was secured for low carbon coal and carbon sequestration projects.”
http://rockefeller.senate.gov/press/record.cfm?id=318456

jaypan

Since I have read that 4,000 concerned climate savers (12 x Boeing747s) join a congress in Bangkok to prepare another such mammoth event in Copenhagen, I think this all is just a secret support program to save our airlines. Well done.

KimW

Politician speak at its worst. These people are simply obsessed with Socialism. I mean, they are simply invincible in their arrogance. In my lifetime, I have already had to listen fixing the North – South divide espoused by Willy Brandt, the Malthusian catastrophe due to fall on us in the 1970’s and have seen the 3rd generation unemployed happily living on my taxes. How come Billions in Aid have been poured into Africa and the hand is always outstretched asking/demanding even more ?. Every such proposal has been made by the elites who will not be affected.
Man Made Climate Change is the biggest scam the human race has ever experienced and it is completely at the expense of everything else that could be done.

observer

Weird. Just so weird. So much BS. So much ignorance. So much gullibility. Just tell the people they’ll be paying more for power, fuel etc. for no reason other than to be ripped off. Tell them it’s a scam. Tell them the globe is getting colder. Tell them to wake up. Tell them what real science is. Give them some basic meteorological knowledge. But how can such a breathtaking majority who have fallen so self defeatingly for this crap on such a global scale be turned around?

timetochooseagain

“Dignity”…The Arabs have a proverb about this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel%27s_nose

kasphar

The western nations give quite a bit of foreign aid to developing countries as it is. Therefore all we need to do is to stop this aid and convert it to ‘compensation for damage to LDCs’ economy’. Same amount of money paid out and no extra cost to western economies. Easy fixed.

Donald (Australia)

World taxation – this must be the socialist’s dream come true. Particularly when it is based on anti-science, and a hoax. How is it that the ignorant and the carpet-baggers of the Left think they can mount this coupe? Let’s give ’em hell.

Larry Sheldon

The good news is our economy will have been destroyed, so….wait, where is the good news in that?

Philip_B

All Parties, … shall develop and regularly update and submit a national inventory of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of all gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol.
If you were wondering about this provision, it is because the Montreal Protocol mandates the use of greenhouse gases known to be thousands of times more potent than CO2.
I’ve been working on an article that explores how the Montreal Protocol in the name of saving the ozone layer, contributed to greenhouse warming. I’ll try and finish it today.

Michael

“The good news is our economy will have been destroyed, so….wait, where is the good news in that?”
Our economy is already destroyed. Now it’s just a matter of setting up the final phase of the power structure and the control grid.

oakgeo

I can’t help but notice that the implementation dates of these international treaties keep getting pushed back, so maybe there’s hope for us yet. There’ll probably be a climate change conference in 2025 that sets targets in 2050, despite the complete failure of previous treaties.
But I still am somewhat pessimistic and believe that we’ll pay through the nose for a while until taxpayers revolt and skid the leftists out of office around the world. By then a lot of the corrupt developing world leaders will have gorged themselves on western transfers, their populations will be no better off, and maybe the media in the west will have returned to a more detached, non-partisan approach to journalism.

Antonio San

Anthony in the ridiculae section you can included that one (initially in French from France 2, translation google, http://info.france2.fr/environnement/Nus-pour-protéger-le-vignoble-57786388.html
“Nudes to protect the vineyard
713 volunteers pose naked in a Burgundian vineyard to expose global warming on 03/10/2009
© France 2 Over 700 volunteers have put naked Saturday in a vineyard in Burgundy alert on global warming
They posed for American photographer Spencer Tunick, the call of Greenpeace, to alert the public about the dangers of global climate for viticulture.
“What you do is halfway between a work of art and civic engagement, it is you who write history,” shouted the director of Greenpeace France.
“You install a new balance of forces that guide the behavior of our politicians before and after the Copenhagen summit” on climate in December, they did Pascal Husting.
Pics from heat, hail … According to Greenpeace, the prestigious Burgundy vineyards are particularly vulnerable. “Here we are faced with the most absolute culmination of the concept of variety. The soil and climate are very important and the smallest changes in temperature will wreak havoc because there will be more of this fine internationally recognized taste, “warned Pascal Husting.
“If people are aware of the urgency, we must draw whistleblowing, for its part says the vintner, Fabio Montrasi, allowing the operation as a vineyard Fuissé (Saône-et-Loire) in Macon.
Marc, an organic grower of Macon came with his wife to raise awareness about global warming. “We realize we harvest more and earlier,” notes the fifties, which produces white Macon for 25 years.”
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I may add as a Bourgogne Wine lover, that I shall not drink that guy’s Fuisse anytime soon…

John Tofflemire

“(b) Africa, in the context of environmental justice, should be equitably compensated for environmental, social and economic losses arising from the implementation of response measures.”
Dictators of Africa, Rejoice!! They are demanding 300 billion US for the “damage” that will be caused by climate change. Of course, their peoples could develop if only there wasn’t so much corruption and repression but that is another matter! This is money that will enrich corrupt thugs throughout the continent. Incredible that this is even being considered.

freespeech

Jerome wrote about Australia:
“3. It’s small. Well, it’s population is small at 15M. ”
Australia’s population is just below 21M, it hasn’t been 15M since around 1981.

Dr A Burns

“Africa … should be equitably compensated ”
Another Nigerian scam ?
A bunch of self interested pollies would be the last people to expect to do anything for the good of mankind.

John Tofflemire

Dr. Burns:
Remember that the Nigerians are paragons of good governance compared with much of the rest of the continent (South Africa excluded)!

Ron de Haan
Ron de Haan
K-Bob

I just want everyone to know that I’m very very sorry for my selfish ways. Who the h*ll am I to want to drive a car and warm/cool my home. Shame on me! It’s time I submit myself for salvation. Forgive me Al Gore, George Monbiot and others for I have sinned. You have the shined the light on the errors of our ways. It started with slavery in this country and now we continue to hold the rest of Africa in slavery today. (Sobbing out loud) Take my SUV, take my Plasma TV, take my oversized home and release the third world from its bondage. (sarc off)
Are we really this stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think we need to do a better job of educating the average American about what the UN is really trying to do here. Most everyone I try to discuss this with, have no idea what is really being proposed. The usuall response is ” we’ll shouldn’t we be doing something about pollution?”. They have no f**king clue about what this is really about. The same applies to the Cap & Trade nonsense. Wake up America! Otherwise your about to get something shove up your you know what!!!

Henry chance

Nothing new here. Read the bible. It talks about the history of people hampering, hindering , taxing and interferring with others they do not like.
I went to the farm in Kansas Monday. we raise enough beef and wheat to provide meat and bread for 800 people for a year. we do it with one combine, one very large tractor, one truck a pickup truck and a car. We have enough natural gas and oil to run the equipment for 200 years. You city folks mind your own business. We take only 18 cents of your grilled cheese sandwich. You pay 2 dollars. For 120 dollars worth of bread, I gross 6 dollars for wheat.
I bought my farm when I turned 19 and was also earning my way thru 12 years of university. If you live in a city in europe, It would blow your mind how many tones we produce on how little Petrol. It is up to you, You can’t raise food and we can. Mess with us and you will be in food lines like in ?russia or starving like in Africa reall soon.

Imran

What you see is what this whole AGW smoke screen is all about. It has nothing to do with CO2 ….. and everything to do with some gigantic experiment in global socialism. It is about forcing the re-distribution of wealth.
Whilst this, in itself, may be a laudable goal, it completely ignores :
a) the creation of wealth as a function of individual creativity which always thrives from NO or LOW taxes
b) the historical lessons of the abject failure of such wealth re-distribution schemes in the past (eg. communism)
c) the lessons from history of corruption, nepotism and the subsequent human suffering that ALWAYS occurs when resources are just thrown at a problem. Just look at food aid programmes.
And the linking of this flawed ideology to the concept that hydrocarbon energy, which has been the engine of wealth creation in the west, is something environmentally undesirable, is a morally repugnant obscenity.

janama

It’s not going to happen – the Copenhagen meeting will be a fizzer – none of the right in the US, Europe, Australia etc are going to vote for anything. China and India don’t care a damn cos they are going to do whatever they like.

Doug in Seattle

For those who think that Senate approval is necessary – think again!
The Obama Administration has already said they plan on implementing the treaty with or without Senate approval.

Don S.

REJECT THIS [snip] WITHOUT DISCUSSION. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?

AEGeneral

“Environmental refugees.” Would that include retired couples who go to Florida for the winter each year?
I guess this excerpt centers around the UN’s “World Day to Combat Desertification,” which essentially blames all of us in the developed world for causing deserts to expand. They have a new theme every year.
Here’s the link to this year’s observance:
http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/june17/2009/menu.php

John Tofflemire (18:56:27) :
“(b) Africa, in the context of environmental justice, should be equitably compensated for environmental, social and economic losses arising from the implementation of response measures.”
Dictators of Africa, Rejoice!! They are demanding 300 billion US for the “damage” that will be caused by climate change.

Wrong. The damage by the response to climate change will cause the damage.
…economic losses arising from the implementation of response measures.”

Evan Jones

Tom in Tex:
It’s both. Look at the previous paragraph.

Doug in Seattle (19:40:43) :
For those who think that Senate approval is necessary – think again!
The Obama Administration has already said they plan on implementing the treaty with or without Senate approval.

I’m sure I read recently that the Constitution states that any treaty needs to be ratified by 2/3 of the Senate. That’s the same Constitution that every Soldier, Marine, Sailor, and Airman (past and present, General and Private) swears to uphold.
Seems to me that Obama may be over-reaching.

Michael

I want Justice!
Do not stop hammering them till this whole farce is thrown into the dustbin of history.
Out of Copenhagen I want a full admission man-made global warming does not exist and climate change is not our fault.
Anyone from that day forward who screams of a man-made world wide climate catastrophe should be completely shunned as a crackpot and a menace to the human race. If someone has some scientific evidence to present, let them air out all the facts and data on the Internet first, for all to see if it can float. All news stories of catastrophe on the issue should come with a required warning label. The MSM should be considered Unsafe and a Danger to your mental health at all times.

evanmjones (20:07:31) :
Tom in Tex:
It’s both. Look at the previous paragraph.

My eyes had glazed over and all I saw was the comment.

Indiana Bones

Doug in Seattle (19:40:43) :
For those who think that Senate approval is necessary – think again!
The Obama Administration has already said they plan on implementing the treaty with or without Senate approval.

Friends tell me that human evolution is being retarded by greed. But I wonder… Those who lecture on greed plan to implement their agenda by usurpation. How different is greed from political thuggery? This agenda has nothing to do with altruism and everything to do with religious cult and alienation.
It will not stand.

David Segesta

Doug in Seattle (19:40:43) :
“For those who think that Senate approval is necessary – think again!
The Obama Administration has already said they plan on implementing the treaty with or without Senate approval”
Do you have a link for that story?