AP's Seth Borenstein left out in the cold at Copenhagen for 7 hours thanks to U.N. incompetence

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Borenstein in warmer days

I try to remind people that the U.N. has not succeeded at much of anything during its history. Mostly it just makes pronouncements and consumes cash. When it comes to doing any real work, they fall down on the job, because most of the people that make up the U.N. have never had to do any real work themselves.

So I hope this lesson on the U.N. to Seth Borenstein sinks in. He’ll hardly forget his day in the cold I’m sure.

Temperature and Weather on Dec14th in Copenhagen: Hi 33 °F Lo 31 °F Humidity average 89%, winds averaged 6 mph for a wind chill of 26°F. Overcast.

From the Climate Pool:

Seth’s toes are finally warm. In his security photo he is grinning like a child — and with reason. He’s finally in.

“You have no idea how important water and a bathroom is until you don’t have it,” he said after waiting 7 hours and 20 minutes to enter the Copenhagen climate talks.

Attendees wait in a line to pick up accreditation at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen, Dec. 14. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

With U.N. security letting in only those cleared last week, hundreds of accredited delegates, journalists and NGO representatives were left to stand for hours in near-freezing temperatures before being let through. “It was crazy,” AP’s Seth Borenstein said. “You couldn’t leave the line. You couldn’t go to the bathroom, you couldn’t eat. Then snowflakes started falling. One woman even said, ‘if lightning strikes me, would they take me out of line?'”

People started handing out food — one gave out tangerines, another croissants. A man screamed “I don’t need food. I need socks! I’m freezing my ass off out here.” At one point, a U.N. official announced the wait would be longer, prompting the crowd to boo and chant “Let Us In!”

An Indian TV crew member interviewing actor Rahul Bose quipped “we’ll just do our interviews out here!” to which Bose mused “when bad things happen in a first-world country, it’s really a disaster!”

Seth himself stepped into the line at 7:55 a.m. and was through at 3:15 p.m., but only after another AP reporter, John Heilprin, “saved my bacon” by persuading a U.N. security guard to go out and fetch him. “John was afraid to go out himself in case they wouldn’t let him back in … the first thing I did when I saw him was give him a big hug. I have never been so grateful to be indoors.” Seth’s neighbors in line? “Oh they’re still out there.”

And it looks like they might stay there. With 40,000 people registered and Bella Center’s capacity only 15,000, the U.N. introduced a new quota system and ordered NGOs to cut down their numbers. Police shut down the Bella Center’s subway stop in a bid to ease the congestion. The situation can only get worse as more than 100 heads of state and government, including President Obama, show up this week with their entourages.

Many among the 3,500 accredited journalists worry they may be “locked down” in the press area and kept away from the conference center’s central atrium where delegates, presidents and premiers would circulate.

UPDATE: At 5 p.m., U.N. officials told everyone still in line that accreditation would close at 6 p.m. and so they should leave until Tuesday morning. Police started pulling people out of the crowd, which shouted back “Shame on the U.N.!” The U.N. then apologized for the inconvenience — a gesture met with more booing and chanting.

Katy Daigle is based in London and covers international news for the AP

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And they want the U.N. to run our global carbon system and handle all the money? Hell they can’t even handle the press line.

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Zimbabwe is the best example for those CO15 maniacs.
They have effectively reduced CO2 emissions!
Please check it out at http://rainforests.mongabay.com/carbon-emissions/zimbabwe.html
UN: Please adopt Mugabe as a case-study!
Ecotretas

Stephen Brown

If this is how the UN runs a conference, imagine how they’d run the World!

Steve

Even the MSM seems to be taking this Copenhagen farce less seriously. It does seem like the average person is ” getting wise” to this non-governing body of do-nothings.

Stephen Brown

Al Gore’s arrival, as reported in the Daily Telegraph, UK:-
“The Prince, who flew in by private jet, joined Arnold Schwarzenegger the Governor of California and Al Gore, the former US Senator, who also flew in to add impetus to the talks.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/6819392/Copenhagen-climate-summit-Prince-Charles-warns-climate-change-will-drive-starvation-and-terrorism.html

John B

“You have no idea how important water and a bathroom is until you don’t have it,” he said
Not to mention Warmth.

Glenn

Brings questions to mind,
who chose the site
who coordinated the event
who allowed 40K people to register
…and who wants to save the world from the bugger man?

geo

Obviously they missed an opportunity to do some “cap and trade” on queue. Get some developing nations types to stand in line for you for a fee.

Robert M.

You guys have to understand that this was done on the cheap, only 300 million or so. Once the UN gets fully funded for this, starting with tens of billions per year and gaining from there all of this sort of thing will stop happening.

Ray

And I though that all Pro-Global-Warming-Brownshirt-Activist-Journalists had a special preferential treatment pass to the UN… silly me!!!
A note: Since WUWT has an International Status now, it would be great to also use International Units… it would avoid using unit converters.

nigel jones

The very thought of all those poor people, standing for hours in the bitter cold, unable even to go to the toilet, when all they wanted was to be inside in the warm, blathering about combating Global Warming.
It’s enough to make a pig laugh.

Starting with the Briffa fiasco a few weeks ago, this is really the gift that keeps on giving and giving!
Thank you Anthony, Steve McIntyre, and all of the others who have made this human epoch so deliciously entertaining.
Merry Christmas, all!

Steve in SC

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Pamela Gray

They could not have done this any better than an old silent cop movie! Laughing my ass off having another cold one with fried trout!

Ack

“I don’t need food. I need socks! I’m freezing my ass off out here.”
Freezing at the warming summit, go figure

Ray

Ecotretas (15:00:22) :
Yeah, I’m sure all the dictators in those poor countries will use the Climate Change funds to reduce their carbon footprint… is gun powder fossil or renewable?
(Gunpowder is mainly sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate)

Harold Blue Tooth

“I don’t need food. I need socks! I’m freezing my ass off out here.”
Of course you are. Al Gore is there.
This story belongs in ‘Gore Effect’ at Wiki.

FerdinandAkin

There your have it:” With 40,000 people registered and Bella Center’s capacity only 15,000, the U.N. introduced a new quota system and ordered NGOs to cut down their numbers “.
Welcome to the future of U. N. controlled carbon rationing. What ever amount of carbon needed to maintain your lifestyle, only one third will be given out.

Michael

Poetic justice.
On a different subject;
In my scan today of the Green Tab subjects over at the Huffington Post, The number of comments on most of their articles are only in the single and double digits. Comments on those subjects usually number in the hundreds every day. This is not anecdotal evidence, something amazing is happening. This is real.

Leon Brozyna

The difference between the Mafia and the UN? The Mafia’s efficient and has a sense of its own brand of ethics.

Harold Blue Tooth

This story belongs in ‘Gore Effect’ at Wiki
But apparently nothing is blamed on him anymore. It’s all on the scientists he listened to now. My faux pas.
sarc off/

Alan Wilkinson

We know they’re incompetent fools. Now the reporters know too. But will they tell their readers or will they just keep taking the money?

tokyoboy

Temperature forecast for Hopenhagen (high / low) :
Wed 16 December 2° C / -4° C Snow
Thu 17 December -1° C / -3° C Snow
Fri 18 December -1° C / -4° C Clowdy
Some delegates begin to realize something at last ?

Harold Blue Tooth

One woman even said, ‘if lightning strikes me, would they take me out of line?’
OMG funny!

PaulH

“I don’t need food. I need socks! I’m freezing my ass off out here.”
(At the risk of overstating the obvious jab) Having body parts frozen at a shrimp-fest to complain about global warming? At a certain point I’ll stop laughing at these goofs. 😉

Its the gore effect – expect the cold to continue as he jets in – his limo will probably be warm!

Richard

“You have no idea how important water and a bathroom is until you don’t have it,” he said after waiting 7 hours and 20 minutes to enter the Copenhagen climate talks
He couldve cycled to the countryside and relieved himself in the fields, (or maybe a park somewhere?), and thought of Mali. I do not know how tolerant the Danes are on these matters. But at least his carbon footprint wouldve been small. Or would it?
I wonder if he had scandalous thoughts about Global Warming during his wait?

Harold Blue Tooth

If this is how the UN runs a conference, imagine how they’d run the World!
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People started handing out food — one gave out tangerines, another croissants

If they did run the world the food handed out would be mud pies and sewage contaminated water.
no sarc

You’re all a bunch of schadenfreuders! Poor Seth. Nearly 8 hours outdoors in winter. Not what he’s trained for, you know. But come Thermageddon, Seth will thaw out and everything will be fine.

Hard to feel sorry for this shill – and hard to believe he was actually cold at around 0 Celsius. I spent 45 mintues trudging through the snow at -30 (and -40 wind chill) to get to work this morning, out of some vague and no doubt loony logic that tells me exercise and being in touch with your local environment is good (and not to save the World from CO2, Global Warming is a crock). Walking home at -25 wasn’t much fun either, but at least there was some sun with a spot on it for a change.

joshua corning

“I try to remind people that the U.N. has not succeeded at much of anything during its history.”
It succeeded in stopping the US and the USSR from ending the world in a nuclear war.
Do not get confused from this statment. I am no fan of the UN. But we should be fair. The UN was designed to keep a dialog between those on both sides of the Iron curtain. Instead of competing with war (although there were a few proxy wars) we competed economically and politically and the UN played a part in keeping that dialog up.
That being said the UN has lost its main purpose with the ending of the cold war and has not achieved anything beyond that purpose.

tokyoboy

We sincerely miss TomP and Joel Shore these weeks.
Are they kicking around now in Copenhagen, or?

Gary Hladik

Copenhagen’s hookers missed a real opportunity to sell some “body heat” here.

Stephen Wilde

As I said in one of my articles it may well be that AGW gives us a slightly higher peak during a natural peak and a slightly less cold trough during a natural trough and because cold is worse than heat the net result is beneficial.
Until warmist chaps can say precisely how much is AGW and how much is natural their opinions (mere opinions) are valueless.
In 1900 the most pressing concern in western cities was how to deal with all the horse dung.
We can expect a similar or greater change of priority in the next 100 years.
Just get out of the way and let free individuals solve the problems democratically without some arrogant herberts thinking they can define planetary progress from now into an indefinite future.
I am confident that in due course there can be enough global wealth generated to result in individuals worldwide voluntarily restricting breeding rates so that we reach sustainability without war or coercion or global famine (assuming natural variability doesn’t screw us all on it’s own).
It may be at a total global population level higher than the more fearful amongst us currently consider practical but let’s face it, there was a time that 7 billion would have seemed impossible but it isn’t.
Maybe we’ll peak at 9 billion, maybe 12 billion, but peak we will and at a per capita consumption that technology and freedom will decide, not central dictat.Then there will probably be a slow managed decline to a permanent accommodation with Gaia.
Maybe there will be more resource depletion and regional environmental damage than some would approve of but we are a talented, co-operative and sensible species so long as blinkered authoritarians do not blow the whole shebang with their arrogant power hungry and financially greedy demands.
Kindly back off and leave us alone.

3x2

“You have no idea how important water and a bathroom is until you don’t have it,”
Wait until you have no electricity Seth.
Is it just me or is there something very satisfying about the idea of hundreds of people freezing their asses off in a queue for seven hours in order to listen to speeches about the peril of Global Warming.

Janis B

‘“You have no idea how important water and a bathroom is until you don’t have it,” he said after waiting 7 hours and 20 minutes’
Right, like all those other good things – like watching that piece of methane emitting animal’s flesh on that coal fired grill, while sipping that chilled carbonated drink on a hot summer afternoon… 🙂
“U.N. official announced the wait would be longer, prompting the crowd to boo and chant “Let Us In!””
In Soviet Union, they would deny to officials wanting to chant “Let Us Out!” 🙂

Clive

Golly, they should have had portable solar collectors to keep them warm.
Oh? Not sunny you say? ☺ ☺
And we can bet fossil fuels are heating the buildings they were freezing their asses off to get in. Bloody hypocritical idiots all of them.
40,000 people now? This is the grand farce of the millennium.
Obama’s handlers and security are having a fit over protecting him if it is that crowded.
OT: Even the leftist radio station I listen to (has nice music) actually had a report on AL Gore’s faux pas yesterday. ☺ ☺

AdderW

“I don’t need food. I need socks! I’m freezing my ass off out here.”
What did they really expect the weather to be in Denmark in December?

Glenn

joshua corning (15:27:43) :
“I try to remind people that the U.N. has not succeeded at much of anything during its history.”
It succeeded in stopping the US and the USSR from ending the world in a nuclear war.”
That’s a strange thing to say. How do we know the world would have ended if the UN never existed? How do we know it won’t still end, despite the existence of the UN?
What are you talking about, how did the UN stop the US and USSR from anything??
What has the UN itself ever actually succeeded at, at a global or even regional scale?
[REPLY – Gosh, yes. If the US and SU had had the slightest inclination to have a nuclear war, the UN couldn’t have done thing one about it. (FWIW, I have a graduate degree in history, with a concentration on military/foreign policy, and specific expertise in nuclear strategy and tactics.) ~ Evan]

Michael

Youtube or it didn’t happen.
This will have to do for now.
Christmas Tree in Copenhagen

Bill Parsons

“You have no idea how important water and a bathroom is until you don’t have it,”

Bjorn Lomborg has written eloquently on these very needs in the developing worlds: see several recent Wall Street Journal articles. I suppose it would be wishful thinking that Seth had access to a news kiosk while he was locked out?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203706604574376442559564788.html (on modern technologies)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703499404574562123968802420.html (on glaciers expansion and consequent water shortages)

chainpin

How ironic, frostbite at the “warming” conference.

Harold Blue Tooth

With 40,000 people registered and Bella Center’s capacity only 15,000, the U.N. introduced a new quota system
The entire world registering for a modern lifestyle
UN quota only taking it away from those who already have it

Patrick Davis

We don’t get UN farce reported in the Australian MSM.

Tom in Florida

joshua corning (15:27:43) : ” It (UN) succeeded in stopping the US and the USSR from ending the world in a nuclear war.”
Don’t know how old you are or where you are from but the UN had nothing to do with the US and USSR not going to war. It was the policy of mutually assured destruction and the leaders of both countries finally coming face to face with that real possibility that allowed cooler heads to prevail.

3x2

Ray (15:10:11) :
A note: Since WUWT has an International Status now, it would be great to also use International Units… it would avoid using unit converters.
I propose our first Watts International Unit : The Seth
The Seth : A unit measuring of the loss of things we all take for granted until we no longer have them.
Where 1 Seth (or 1000mSeth) = I really need a glass of fresh, clean water!
1kSeth = But when will power be restored? Three days!

Richard

If this is how the UN runs a conference, imagine how they’d run the World!
Well that one is easy. After the UN has taxed our cars and taxed our gas,
taxed our cows and taken our cash, for every dollar it collects Gore will collect 50 cents, Pachauri will collect 30 cents, 10 cents will go to Global Warming research, 9 cents to the rest of the staff, 0.5 cents to advertising what a great job they are doing and 0.4 cents to distributing stuff to the needy and 0.1 cents to the photographers and press covering the event.

Back2Bat

Crowded at the trough? Oink, oink!

NickB.

“when bad things happen in a first-world country, it’s really a disaster!”
So… if bad things happen in 3rd world countries it’s ok? Maybe not *as* bad as when it happens in a 1st world country?
Good thing this guy’s not a comedian – he’d have starved

Fred Harwood

Amen, Tom.

Glenn

Ray (15:10:11) :
“And I though that all Pro-Global-Warming-Brownshirt-Activist-Journalists had a special preferential treatment pass to the UN… silly me!!!
A note: Since WUWT has an International Status now, it would be great to also use International Units… it would avoid using unit converters.”
I project that all posters will be, in 1.3 Hermies, with an extremely to extraordinary high confidence level. Trust me.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8408386.stm