U.N. Climate Chief Resigns

From the New York Times

By JOHN M. BRODER

The UN's climate change chief Yvo de Boer shows signs of fatigue at a press conference in Copenhagen in December.
The UN's climate change chief Yvo de Boer shows signs of fatigue at a press conference in Copenhagen in December. (Reuters)

WASHINGTON — Yvo de Boer, the stolid Dutch bureaucrat who led the international climate change negotiations over four tumultuous years, is resigning his post as of July 1, the United Nations said on Thursday.

In a statement announcing his departure, Mr. de Boer expressed disappointment that the December climate change conference of nearly 200 nations in Copenhagen had failed to produce an enforceable agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that climate scientists say are contributing to the warming of the planet.

He also said that governmental negotiations could provide a framework for action on climate, but that the solutions must come from the businesses that produce and consume the fuels that add to global warming.

“Copenhagen did not provide us with a clear agreement in legal terms, but the political commitment and sense of direction toward a low-emissions world are overwhelming,” said Mr. de Boer, whose formal title is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “This calls for new partnerships with the business sector, and I now have the chance to help make this happen.”

Mr. de Boer, 55, will join the consulting group KPMG as global adviser on climate and sustainability and will also work in academia, his office said.

Complete story in the New York Times

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Global Warming Borg
February 18, 2010 6:53 am

Oh man! He thought he was going to be King of the World.
Government by academia will never work.

Gordon Ford
February 18, 2010 6:55 am

Brings to mind something about rats and ships. This is likely the first to see the light.

Carl Hult
February 18, 2010 6:56 am

When I first read this I thought it was Pachauri who was going and was glad. This, however, is not who I thought. I can’t even remind myself hearing his name before.
Is this of interest? It is called Czechgate by the one who wrote it:
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/203117-Czechgate-Climate-scientists-dump-world-s-second-oldest-cold-climate-record

Doug in Seattle
February 18, 2010 6:59 am

One down, but way too many ready to take his place. But a small victory perhaps. Is Patchy next?

PaulH
February 18, 2010 7:00 am

The wall is tumbling down, and the clouds are clearing.

oakgeo
February 18, 2010 7:03 am

“enforceable agreement”
Leaves a cold pit in my stomach. He’s disappointed that Copenhagen failed to create a supra-national body with enforceable agreements led by bureaucrats… frankly I think we dodged a bullet.

February 18, 2010 7:03 am

I would love to see your counter arguments to these:
http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php
And why not a counter i-phone app?

Mark_K
February 18, 2010 7:04 am

The funny thing is that a low(er)-emissions world is a laudable goal on its own merit. Had they concentrated on doing that in practical, efficient, and economical ways, instead of trying to use AGW hyperbole to scare us to death, so they could carbon tax us to death, they would be much farther ahead today.

Frederick Davies
February 18, 2010 7:09 am

“…Mr. de Boer, 55, will join the consulting group KPMG as global adviser on climate and sustainability…”
Nothing like a good revolving door arrangement.

Carlo
February 18, 2010 7:13 am

Bye bye, the fool told us on Dutch television we have to pay a lot more taxes on the strawberry’s and meat because of the climate chance.

JonesII
February 18, 2010 7:24 am

Just fleeing out from the sinking ship…

Stephan
February 18, 2010 7:24 am

bet there will no replacement

kim
February 18, 2010 7:28 am

And another one goes, and another one goes.
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Ack
February 18, 2010 7:32 am

Algore to be named his replacement?

Charles. U. Farley
February 18, 2010 7:35 am

Cant be just me that sees DeBoer as a somewhat sleazy, backroom in the shadows stringpuller whos too afraid of getting messy to do his own dirty work?
Just the image i get whenever i see him or hear of him….probably a very very very very nice man………

Dorian Sabaz
February 18, 2010 7:35 am

Beware this could still turn into a pyrrhic victory.
This Beast, that is the UN Climate committee, is not single headed, but is a pernicious, nefarious, conniving, mendacious, megalomaniac hydra!
This is barely the beginning, evil (and that is what this whole climate religion is) is not so easily defeated.
This Dark Science will not stop until all its evil doers are exposed.
There is a long, long way to go. One hydra head gone, many thousands to go!

Sierra Sam
February 18, 2010 7:38 am

Dear Mario:
I scanned all 90 rebuttals of your reference. Those many I read were ALL counter to the science published in this site and others.

February 18, 2010 7:39 am

Frederick Davies (07:09:40) :
“…Mr. de Boer, 55, will join the consulting group KPMG as global adviser on climate and sustainability…”
Nothing like a good revolving door arrangement.
Only benefits of KPMG partnership ….

February 18, 2010 7:40 am

Okay, one down but the chief rat is still in the silo and stuffing as much grain into his mouth as he can…

geronimo
February 18, 2010 7:53 am

Mario, it is a distraction, nothing unusual is happening, seas have always risen and fallen, ice has come and gone, glaciers have advanced and receded, that things are changing is not in itself interesting. The core to all this, is can anyone define a relationship between CO2 and temperature that can give us warming to the extent the alarmists say. Answer no. Has CO2 demonstrated any relationship with global temperatures in the past.; Answer yes, the CO2 in the atmosphere has risen around 800 years after a temperature rise.
Until the alarmists can get a predictable, measurable and observable relationship between CO2 there is no science, it’s soothsaying.
Back OT, it may be a confluence of events that’s given rise to de Boer’s decision to go. For sure there was an annex giving bureaucrats the rights to tell sovereign countries how their markets could operate and enforcing the agreement that was pulled. This wouldn’t have been a disaster, but for climategate, which wouldn’t have been a disaster except for glaciergate, and with other “gates” following one on the heels of another, and the fact that the next IPCC report will undoubtedley be more circumspect and less dramatic than the last, he’s probably figured out the game is up and took the door to another career.

Henry chance
February 18, 2010 7:56 am

Oh noes. Just when we need his valiant endeavers the most only moments before the TIPPING point.
We will see a lot of hand wringing and anxiety.
It is slowly getting good for the popcorn industry.

February 18, 2010 7:56 am

Mario:
When you can understand the work of Elsasser…
When you can write out the classic layered atmopshere radation exchange equations.
When you can explain WHY Elsassers work, showing CO2 to be an equal upflux and downflux agent to 30,000 feet, and Plass’s work showing the COOLING contribution of CO2 in the stratosphere, then I’ll listen to your TROLL work.

Baa Humbug
February 18, 2010 7:56 am

Don’t underestimate this. Yves De Boer is a bigger fish than Pachauri, much bigger. I feel like singing this.
Pachauri is contemplating his future with this music playing in the background

Mad
February 18, 2010 8:00 am

Looks to me like he’s off to make some money from “Climate Change” before the game’s up

Douglas DC
February 18, 2010 8:04 am

Sell any green energy stocks-now….

Russ Blake
February 18, 2010 8:12 am

Sort of reminds me of the ever-present insurance commercials on US television-
” And we’re walking, we’re walking, we’re walking.”

Tenuc
February 18, 2010 8:18 am

Interesting to see one of the BIG rats deserting the sinking ship of CAGW.
One of his major previous roles was that of member of the Community Development Carbon Fund of the World Bank. I think he’ll fit in well at LPMG, who are engulfed in a sub-prime accounting scandal:-
“An independent report commissioned by the Justice Department concluded that the “improper and imprudent practices” of now-bankrupt sub-prime lender New Century Financial were condoned and enabled by the company’s independent auditor, KPMG.

Henry chance
February 18, 2010 8:20 am

He is joining a global CPA firm as a consultant. He is NOT a CPA and can’t be a partner.
Of course CPA’s can become rotten and get indictments. His forte was carbon trading schemes and accountants have more than once given illegal advice for investing. My headquarters for my company exercised a real estate option and took over space from a firm that was over active in tax shelters.
Just follow the money. He is.

Rhys Jaggar
February 18, 2010 8:31 am

‘Douglas DC (08:04:41) :
Sell any green energy stocks-now….’
I disagree: if the green energy technology is good, you don’t need global warming to back it. If it’s useless, then sure: sell it. But that begs the question: why did you buy it in the first place??
Surely you’re not so naughty as to hype stocks whilst decrying global warming?? Tut tut!!!!!

Henry chance
February 18, 2010 8:35 am

Cry baby
Use of tears works when the science sux

The crying Dutchman: Emotion overwhelms Yvo de Boer
Moments earlier, Mr de Boer had been warning delegates that failure to reach an agreement on global warming could “plunge the world into conflict”.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-502563/Floods-tears-climate-change-hard-man-breaks-summit.html#ixzz0fuEYYpMQ
Drama queen. Romm uses anger, hate and outrage. Algore uses rants.

MattN
February 18, 2010 8:37 am

Rats.
Sinking ship.

Mike Ramsey
February 18, 2010 8:44 am

Mario Nelson (07:03:57) :
I would love to see your counter arguments to these:
http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php
Was your reference written by a child?
“It’s the sun” “In the last 35 years of global warming, the sun has shown a slight cooling trend. Sun and climate have been going in opposite directions.”
“However, after 1975, temperatures rose while solar activity showed little to no long term trend. ”
We just completed a solar grand maximum (1950-2004, with cycle 23 peaking in 2000). http://www.springerlink.com/content/m0315745464522g8/ 
A solar cooling trend for the last 35 years? That is not even wrong.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong 
At this point, I stopped reading your so called reference.
Mike Ramsey

February 18, 2010 8:44 am

Isn’t he the same guy who said Pachauri would be a fool to resign?

Kate
February 18, 2010 8:55 am

These are interesting statements:
Mark Lynas, a climate change consultant who advised the President of the Maldives during the UN negotiations, said many in developing countries are still angry at the failure of Copenhagen. He said the resignation of Mr de Boer showed how much strain the international negotiations are under.
“It is quite bad news he is quitting at this point because the world is in desperate need for a reliable pair of hands to get through this dark period where climate change negotiations are under assault from anti-science deniers, by the Climategate furore and by the US Senate. I think he is very likely to be going because he has had enough. Because the whole process is unraveling at this point.”
However Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change, insisted the negotiations were still on track.
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Notice how Milliamp has now become a real denier -a denier of reality. It’s so sad, really.
Mark Lynas was involved in that stunt with the Maldives government having to wear diving suits to hold a cabinet meeting underwater “because of global warming”.
Lynas also refers to “anti-science deniers”, which is exactly how I characterize him and his global warming liars, but then describes the whole global warming lie as “unraveling”. So, he has managed to say something we agree with for once.

Mike Ramsey
February 18, 2010 8:57 am

I was thinking that if someone put a gun to my head and told me that I had Yvo de Boer’s job would I have gone about it the way that he did?
You cannot motivate on the opposite of an idea.  “Cut CO2” as a slogan just wouldn’t work.  Instead, I would motivate on a positive.  “Go nuclear!”
So why has the AGW crowd chosen such a losing strategy?  Cutting CO2 cannot be the real ends.  What if the means are the ends? 
Redistribute wealth, knock the economies of the west (Europe, the commonwealth countries, Japan, South Korea, and the USA) on their kiesters.
Sounds unfriendly.  War by other means.  Hmmm.
Mike Ramsey

Veronica
February 18, 2010 9:31 am

I wondered how many comments down the thread we would get before the rats and sinking ships would appear, and the answer was 2. Also, the guy is entitled to go and find a job in the same field, who can blame him.
BUT I also think commenters are right that the world dodged a bullet with Copenhagen. Maybe Dr Bjorn Lomborg will comment on whether scrubbing developing world smokestacks for soot and sulphur would have a more positive payoff than trying to limit CO2 emissions. Those particular pollutants do seem more relevant to the debate, which should be about the quality of the environment, not just whether it matters that the world is getting 0.25C warmer per century.

Kate
February 18, 2010 9:32 am

To Mario Nelson (07:03:57) :
I would love to see your counter arguments to these:
http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php
Counter-arguments at:
http://www.wattsupwiththat.com
http://www.climateaudit.org
http://www.climatedepot.com
That’s just for starters. The word is out. Americans are laughing.

kadaka
February 18, 2010 9:38 am

Interesting nuances:
…to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that climate scientists say are contributing to the warming of the planet.
Just a few months ago, would the New York Times have bothered to insert the parts I emphasized? Debate was over, the science was settled. “…to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming the planet” would have been perfectly acceptable to the editors.
Gee, do you think something happened that made the editors rethink the content they were publishing?
He also said that governmental negotiations could provide a framework for action on climate, but that the solutions must come from the businesses that produce and consume the fuels that add to global warming.
The businesses that witnessed the unabashed capitalism-bashing at Copenhagen, surrounded by activists that wanted them destroyed? Yeah well, good luck with that. You’ll need it to convince those fleeing the unruly hate-fueled mob of the wisdom of stopping to negotiate. Yup, a whole lot of good luck indeed.

ML
February 18, 2010 9:38 am

he has to be recognized for his work to save the planet.
I suggest tight fit handcuffs

ShrNfr
February 18, 2010 9:39 am

I continue to want to caption this photo “Oh no, Barrie Harrop just walked in.”

Colin Porter
February 18, 2010 9:41 am

“Mr. de Boer expressed disappointment that the December climate change conference of nearly 200 nations in Copenhagen had failed to produce an enforceable agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases”
Lord Monkton was accused of being OTT for suggesting that the text of the Copenhagen agreement would be enforceable, but here it is coming from the horses mouth.
Max Hugoson. I think you do Mario an injustice in calling him a troll. I think he is simply saying that he would like to see informed counter arguments to the sceptic argument debunking app, possibly by the sceptic side producing its own app. i.e. An app to debunk the i-Pod sceptical arguments debunking app.

Jim Clarke
February 18, 2010 9:43 am

Hey Mario,
Several points about your ‘skeptical science’ website and its supposed refutation of global warming skeptics:
1. Never let your enemy state your position. Most of the ‘skeptics arguments’ are a few words, while the ‘what the science says’ rebuttals are a paragraph long! In this way, the website completely mis-characterizes the skeptical argument, making it sound simple and stupid. If the website was really trying to get to the truth, the skeptical arguments would be just as complex as the rebuttals, because that is the reality of the science. It also includes arguments that have been put forth by lay people, not skeptical scientists; an obvious attempt to make skeptics look stupid.
2. The rebuttals are cherry picked. The science that supports the skeptical arguments is ignored. If some aspect of the science is currently in dispute, the website quotes only one side of the dispute and pretends that it is settled science. Very disingenuous.
3. The rebuttals are often self contradictory. For example, one response says that there is no correlation to solar activity and temperature in the late 20th century. Another response says there is a ten year lag in the correlation of temperature to solar activity. One response says there is no observable connection between warming and hurricane activity, while another response says that there is. And so on.
4. The scientific rebuttals are often hand waving. For example, it dismisses the cosmic ray effect because it “has not been proven”! Guess what…the positive feedback of increasing CO2 has also not been proven. In fact, there is more hard evidence for a significant cosmic ray effect than there is for significant positive feedbacks from increasing CO2.
5. The rebuttals are rarely quantified, treating the debate as if it were about warming or no warming. The debate has always been about how much warming will increasing CO2 cause, not if it will cause warming or cooling.
6. The rebuttals are misleading. For example, they state that a part of Antarctica is gaining ice, but the continent as a whole is losing ice. The reality is that the part that is loosing ice is concentrated on the Arctic Peninsula, which is smaller than the part that is ice positive and in a different climate zone than the rest of the continent. The antarctic peninsula warming is hardly indicative of a CO2 warming signature and the peninsula is certainly not representative of the climate over the rest of the continent, but that is the implication put forth by this site.
I could go on and on, describing the seemingly countless ways the author of that site has used manipulation to obfuscate the truth about climate change, but I think I have made my case. In fact, my first point alone is reason enough to discard the website as propaganda.

Reed Coray
February 18, 2010 9:46 am

To all global warming alarmists, it sounds like “the bell is tolling for thee.”

Peter Miller
February 18, 2010 9:48 am

As always, it’s probably all about the money.
KPMG is a probably a much better bet as far as a long term future source of funds is concerned.
AGW is starting to unwind, this guy is probably smart enough to not want to be around when it finally unravels.

JonesII
February 18, 2010 10:08 am

A conspiracy: ” A flock of ducks were flying following its leader. A not well informed duck asked its companion : where are we flying to?, the other duck answered saying: “I don’t know, I just follow the leader”, then, not being satisfied by the answer it flew to the head of the flock and asked the leader: Where are you going?…and it responded: I don’t know, they are just pushing me ahead”

Atomic Hairdryer
February 18, 2010 10:12 am

Re: Mario Nelson (07:03:57) :
And why not a counter i-phone app?

Because:
Real sceptics don’t use iPhones
Real sceptics don’t need prepacked thoughts. One point about being a sceptic is an ability to think for yourself, rather than simply being told what to believe.

Dr S Jones
February 18, 2010 10:13 am

He won’t be poor, then.

Tim Clark
February 18, 2010 10:34 am

political commitment and sense of direction toward a low-emissions world are overwhelming,”
And that’s all AGW alarmism ever was and is.

February 18, 2010 10:47 am

Jim Clarke (09:43:07)
Excellent points. I’ve been pointing out that the “Skeptical
Science” website is simply a chameleon, trying to capitalize of the superior knowledge and arguments of real scientific skeptics.
Skepticism is an absolute requirement of the scientific method. But alarmist sites like ‘Skeptical Science’ wouldn’t know real skepticism if it bit ’em on the ankle. They sneakily misrepresent themselves, trying to alarm the public through camouflage rather than to do what real skeptics [and the planet itself] have done: falsify the catastrophic AGW hypothesis.
I recall arguments debunking every link posted on that site. John Cook needs to check the WUWT archives, and get educated in real climate science instead of passing off globaloney and being an apologist/enabler for the scientific misconduct exposed in the Climategate emails, where the term denier applies to that blog.
Dishonesty is a hallmark of the AGW crowd. When climate alarmists have to resort to pretending to be skeptics, they have already lost the debate.

Roger Knights
February 18, 2010 10:54 am

Now that there’s room at the top for ChooChoo, they can kick him upstairs.

DirkH
February 18, 2010 10:58 am

“kadaka (09:38:30) :
Interesting nuances:
…to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that climate scientists say are contributing to the warming of the planet.”
Very good observation! They’re hedging their bets!

NickB.
February 18, 2010 11:21 am

Mario Nelson (07:03:57)
I’m not sure I understand why anyone should waste time worrying about what’s said on a site put together by this guy: http://wiki.sev.com.au/About-Us
Maybe I missed the part about how a cartoonist with an undergrad degree in physics and some amount of post-grad study on solar physics (click for ref) is an reliable source for climate science
…but maybe, since “it’s just a simple physics problem” he’s qualified after all
What gets me is that I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that site referenced at RC before

manfred
February 18, 2010 11:22 am

next to the cru whistle blower, he was the single most important person for the failure of kopenhagen I wished he would have stayed.

Vincent
February 18, 2010 11:34 am

The extent of the disconnect between political types at the top of the food chain, and the rest of the commons is captured in that statement where de Boer states “but the political commitment and sense of direction toward a low-emissions world are overwhelming,”
This sense of overwhelming direction of which Yvon speaks exists only within their self maintained echo chamber, fed by astroturf “proteters” and rent seeking CEO’s from GE and other wannabe tapeworms.
Perhaps though, his resignation is the result of seeing a chink of light that split the walls of the chamber – only his mouth is still connected to the old cassette tape.

Gary Hladik
February 18, 2010 11:48 am

Mark_K (07:04:49) : “The funny thing is that a low(er)-emissions world is a laudable goal on its own merit.”
Well, there’s something to be said for the cheap fossil fuel energy that has brought the world to its highest standard of living in history. Laudable or not, however, the “goal” of lower CO2 emissions will undoubtedly be met, if only because fossil fuels will eventually become more expensive than alternatives like nuclear, solar, etc., which become cheaper as technology advances.
Unfortunately, attempting to summon the future before its time can be very expensive, and not just in monetary terms.

Cadae
February 18, 2010 11:57 am

Mario (07:03:57) :
That website uses a classical logical fallacy called a “straw-man argument” i.e. it misrepresents the opposition’s arguments with simplistic and bad points and then demolishes the misrepresentation.

NickB.
February 18, 2010 12:08 pm

Hmmm… so I tried the WHOIS trick with http://www.co2science.org (a real skeptical site) and they’re hidden. Must be Big Oil!
Speaking of… has anyone else got their checks yet?

Hugh
February 18, 2010 12:14 pm

Baa Humbug @ 7:56:29
“Don’t underestimate this. Yves De Boer is a bigger fish than Pachauri, much bigger. I feel like singing this.”
That’s good…
Or- bit late in the year I know – but how about a round of the “Boer’s Head Carol?”

ROM
February 18, 2010 12:35 pm

The UN in their usual stupidity might just appoint that sexy [ yuk! ] Choo Choo Pachauri as de Boer’s successor.
That would really put the finishing touches to this whole great global warming scam.

Allen C
February 18, 2010 12:37 pm

Mario (07:03:57) :
It isn’t the responsibility of the AGW skeptical community to prove the AGW hypothesis false – it is the responsibility of the warmists to prove the hypothesis true. The hypothesis has not been proven to be true by any stretch of a sane person’s imagination.
Also, anecdotal “evidence” does not support either the side of the argument (for or against the hypothesis of AGW).
For me to accept the hypothesis, the forecasting models based upon the real data (not fabricated, not “adjusted” to fit the conclusion, not cherry picked) can accurately predict the future real temperature of the earth with a reliability of 95% over a minimum of a twenty years. So far the IPCC models have failed miserably over the past decade.
I doubt that the full complexity of the earth’s climate will ever be accurately modelled by humans. I base this belief on personal experience as being a professional forecaster working in the telecommunications industry trying to forecast mundane things such as population, demand for telephone numbers, etc., in an environment where the data series were long and much more accurate than the temperature measurements of the earth.
To re-iterate, it isn’t the responsibility of the skeptics to develop an alternate hypothesis to AGW. It IS the responsibility of the warmists to prove the hypothesis of AGW.
If proof of AGW is so sound, then they wouldn’t be trying to “hide the decline”, losing data, failing to respond to FOIA requests, declining to debate the true science, refusing to share their data so others can test the robustness of their conclusions, etc..

kadaka
February 18, 2010 12:46 pm

Hugh (12:14:38) :
(…)
Or- bit late in the year I know – but how about a round of the “Boer’s Head Carol?”

Boer’s Head Cheese, popular at the local supermarket deli counter.
Wait, I think I spelled something wrong…

P Walker
February 18, 2010 12:50 pm

Folks , I don’t think Mario’s a troll . Click his website .

Veronica (England)
February 18, 2010 12:53 pm

I really would love to put a caption on that photo:
PREVENTIN GLOBULL WARMIN…
…UR DOIN IT WORNG

Telboy
February 18, 2010 1:04 pm

It seems that even “The Australian” is developing a sort of embryonic scepticism.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/penny-wong-signals-doom-for-iconic-beaches/story-e6frg6n6-1225831970915

Telboy
February 18, 2010 1:06 pm

woops, forgot to add – It would be good to see Penny Wong dumped as well.

February 18, 2010 3:22 pm

Had great trouble getting into Watts… today from Google. It was acting like it had never heard the website from about 4:40-5:30 or . Outage lasted about an hour. Everything else on Google was fine. — FYI.

February 18, 2010 3:24 pm

So KPMG want’s to take on Goldman….

TimiBoy
February 18, 2010 3:27 pm

Give Kevin Rudd the job.

Sam
February 18, 2010 3:47 pm

The rest of the world may be breathing a sigh of relief due to the discomforting of the UN/IPCC and the failutre of Copenhagen, but we in the EU are no longer subject to democratic government – the Commissioners (who hopld all the power) are not subect to the voters and can do as they please.
And they are still pushing the AGW-inspired ‘carbon tax’ agenda for all it’s worth. The supra-national ‘World Government’ folk don’t let go that easily.
From my Open Europe newsfeed today:
“European Commission will propose plans for EU wide CO2 tax in April
FT Deutschland reports that the European Commissioner for Taxation, Algirdas Šemeta, will propose plans in April for an EU-wide CO2 tax. The article notes that Brussels officials can be’ stubborn’, as this proposal has suffered several failed attempts in the last two decades. A first draft has been seen by the newspaper, and the article notes that the plans include a revision of existing EU minimum rates of consumer taxes on fossil energy products such as gasoline, fuel oil, gas and electricity. On top of that, a harmonised Europe-wide CO2 tax would be introduced from 2013 onwards. Currently only a few countries have such a tax. Roland Stein, a lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, claims in the article that the CO2 tax will lead to more taxes for consumers and companies.
The article adds that the plans will not just serve as climate measures but would, in the longer term, also serve to fund the EU budget directly. The EU needs to reach agreement by 2013 on a new seven-year budget, and Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski aims to provide the EU with direct funds according to the article. An internal Commission paper is quoted, which states that “EU direct financial sources have up till now hardly been linked with EU political objectives”, and the article suggests that EU taxes would try to serve that purpose now”
The original is in the German edition of the Financial Times; I presume it’s correctly translated (my German being 40 years rusty)
http://www.ftd.de/karriere-management/recht-steuern/:recht-steuern-rauch-ueber-bruessel/50075658.html#utm_source=rss2&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_campaign=/http://www.ftd.de/karriere-management/recht-steuern/:recht-steuern-rauch-ueber-bruessel/50075658.html
Needless to say no-one in the EU has ever voted for such a fundamental change in taxation – nor would they. But they won’t be given the chance!

Daniel H
February 18, 2010 3:50 pm

Evil de Borg has left the building…
Assimilate this!

Tom FP
February 18, 2010 3:54 pm

It will be very interesting to see who, if anyone, replaces the hapless Mr de Boer. Whatever a candidate’s private beliefs, seeing this as a good career move at this point in history requires breathtaking doses of naivete.

henry
February 18, 2010 4:13 pm

“…had failed to produce an enforceable agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases…”
What did he expect when 1) the world’s most populous countries (and biggest polluters) China and India refused to play along, and 2) some of the discussion centered on how much money the “developed” nations had to fork over to the “developing” countries.
Especially when there is no checklist to follow to see exactly when a country should be moved to the “developed” list. China has no desire to ever get off the “developing country” list. Just look what they can get away with by staying on the list.

February 18, 2010 4:20 pm

Gore and The UN IPCC should be forced to give back their Nobel Peace Prize. The flaws in Gore’s film and the errors in the 2007 UN IPCC Report that have been discovered since the award was given should disqualify both parties. Irena Sendler who risked her life daily during World War II to save the lives of over 2,500 Jewish children is much more deserving. Please sign the petition to demand that Gore and the UN IPCC have their award taken away. http://www.stripgore.com

February 18, 2010 4:44 pm

Mario Nelson (07:03:57) : I would love to see your counter arguments to these: http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php
Mario, it’s coming. We just don’t have the money behind us so we are a bit slower and have had to concentrate on actually getting enough of the science right first, as well as coping with AGW “professional” attacks. What http://www.skepticalscience.com have “answered” is a long list of straw men. I used to believe them until I dug deeper. Now I’ve got Skeptical Science taped, ready to deconstruct.
The ongoing problem is that top scientists are still not facing the music. Even if Yvo goes, all the science organizations still support the AGW creed. Therefore we’re building Neutralpedia. Please, real skeptics, come and help.

Sam
February 18, 2010 4:46 pm

Meanwhile out in the real world, even the Guardian is now reporting on the actual consequences of international AGW mania, ie millions of Third World starving:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/15/biofuels-food-production-developing-countries

R. de Haan
February 18, 2010 6:29 pm
savethesharks
February 18, 2010 6:37 pm

One down…..and many more to go!
Chris
Norfolk, VA, USA

Noelene
February 18, 2010 6:42 pm

Interesting article in Netherlands newspaper.He was right to worry.
http://www.climategate.com/wp-content/uploads/UKVersieHenkTennekes.pdf
ARNHEM – “I worry a lot these
days. I worry about the arrogance
of scientists who blithely claim that
they are here to solve the climate
problem, as long as they receive
massive increases in funding. I
worry about the way they covet
new supercomputers. Others talk
about
”stabilizing the climate“. I’m
terrified of the arrogance, vanity
and recklessness of those words.
Why is it so difficult to demonstrate
a little humility?“
Is this a response to recent
climate scandals? Sober criticism
of the failed IPCC UN climate
panel that exaggerated the melting
of the glaciers? No, these areextracts from a column which
appeared exactly twenty(!) years
ago in a British scientific journal.
When the then Director of Policy
Development at the KNMI
(Holland’s Met Office,) Henk
Tennekes put the cat among the
pigeons. Watch out for all the
unsubstantiated claims about
climate!
End
You worry about future science and dark ages Leif?
Maybe scientists cannot exercise humility because some believe they answer to nobody,the sad fact is,they are right.

Andrew P.
February 18, 2010 7:07 pm

UK readers may wish to watch tonight’s Newsnight Scotland discussion on the continued fallout from Copenhagen and climategate with Professor David Henderson (Global Warming Policy Institute) and Rob Edwards (Sunday Herald Environment Editor):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qzkrf/Newsnight_Scotland_18_02_2010/
Good natured discussion, although the interviewer’s (Gordon Brewer) assertion that the dodgy emails / FOI transgressions do not detract from the “fundamental science behind global warming” shows the BBC have still got their heads in the sand on the key issue.

February 18, 2010 7:15 pm

Good riddance!

CRS, Dr.P.H.
February 18, 2010 9:18 pm

Mario Nelson, your link says “In the last 35 years of global warming, the sun has shown a slight cooling trend. Sun and climate have been going in opposite directions.”
*ahem* The sun is a variable G2V “yellow” star, and the long-term cooling trends of this category star is measured in millions of years (evolving into a dwarf star someday, humankind will be long gone).
As the sun’s heliosphere waxes and wanes, the earth receives various levels of cosmic radiation, which will form droplet nuclei in the atmosphere, eventually producing clouds that increase the albedo of the planet. CERN is studying this in their “Cloud” experiment as I type.
Please see this presentation, “Evidence for pre-industrial solar-climate variability,” delivered by Dr. Kirkby to a colloquium at CERN:
http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1181073/

Graham UK
February 18, 2010 10:01 pm

Nice clip of an interview with Pat Michaels of the Cato Institue about the resignation.
He poses the question “Who runs out on a winning hand ?”

Global Warming is a bit like Michael Myers – even when there seems no chance of it surviving, it’ll keep coming back. There are too many vested interests who’ve bought into it, and planning to cash in on it.

John Whitman
February 18, 2010 11:10 pm

Hey everybody, don’t use the analogy of “rats jumping ship” when talking about Yvo de Boer and other CACGW supporters leaving.
It is demeaning to those rodents. I had rats as pets when a kid. They are noble creatures. Rats are highly social and intelligent creatures.
The politicos, scientists, MSMs and advocates involved in CACGW are not the most noble representatives of the human race.
John

Larry
February 19, 2010 12:31 am

Good bye and good riddance to Yvo de Boer. He was a nuisance to the rest of the world, and an enabler of all sorts of terrible nonsense. He should have been fired a long time ago, but for the madness of the world, especially those who had an agenda of global government on their minds. Nor should he be replaced.

Robert of Ottawa
February 19, 2010 6:14 am

[he] will join the consulting group KPMG as global adviser on climate and sustainability
If he is a rat leaving a sinking ship, he has jumped to the wrong ship.

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