UN's frantic climate marketing effort

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, at the COP17 in Durban, South Africa, author UNClimateChange, source Wikimedia
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, at the COP17 in Durban, South Africa, author UNClimateChange, source Wikimedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres appears to be doing the rounds, attempting to drum up support for meaningful Paris climate pledges – which currently fall far short of what climate apparatchiks wanted. The latest stop on her tour is a visit to Australia.

According to the Guardian;

The UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, has said there was “no space” for new coal developments and stressed the benefits of ambitious renewable energy targets after a meeting with representatives from seven Australian governments.

At the meeting in Adelaide, organised by the South Australian government, federal, state and territory administrations agreed to work more closely to drive an uptake in renewable energy, coordinate energy-efficiency schemes and help communities adapt to climate change.

Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations framework convention on climate change, urged the states and territories to work with the federal government to help deliver a “strong” global agreement at key climate talks in Paris in December.

The meeting was attended by the environment ministers of the Labor-run states and territories – Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT. The federal government, Tasmanian and New South Wales governments were represented at “senior official level”, and Western Australia and the Northern Territory were absent.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/04/un-climate-chief-says-the-science-is-clear-there-is-no-space-for-new-coal

On the surface support for Figueres might seem enthusiastic, at least in some quarters, but even the Aussie climate enthusiasts have their problems. For example, the Queensland State government, arugably the greenest government in Australia, governs with a razor thin majority, due to the support of 2 independents. Queensland is heavily dependent economically on the mining industry, including large scale coal enterprises. So if the Queensland government leans too heavily on the mining industry, the backlash could cost them their political majority.

China’s joke climate pledge – a free pass to undermine everyone else’s carbon hamstrung economies until 2030 – has probably helped to restrain enthusiasm for more serious Paris commitments.

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Mike Bromley the Kurd
May 4, 2015 12:05 pm

The Scolding Elitist, jetting all over. Give us your money.

Bubba Cow
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
May 4, 2015 12:34 pm

just the UN providing global CO2
hope she doesn’t run into those monster wabbits & spiders

May 4, 2015 12:25 pm

From WA eff off Figgy

JLC of Perth.
Reply to  cnxtim
May 5, 2015 6:21 am

Hear hear.

Reply to  cnxtim
May 6, 2015 4:22 am

Dear UN
Piss off.
Regards, NSW.

May 4, 2015 12:29 pm

In the very same article: Figueres(the executive secretary of the United Nations framework convention on climate change) said “like the oceans, there are ebbs and flows about everything”.
What is he, a poet?

Reply to  Ayesha
May 4, 2015 1:08 pm

I think Cristiana is a woper**n!

Neil Jordan
Reply to  Ayesha
May 4, 2015 8:43 pm

It was supposed to be Haiku:
I P C C says
Ocean tides at lower low
Essence of bird poo

Reply to  Neil Jordan
May 4, 2015 9:05 pm

Thank you 🙂

May 4, 2015 12:34 pm

I am sure such UN officials when travelling, ensure that they fly on jetplanes using carbon free fuel.

May 4, 2015 12:35 pm

UN Climate Change Chief Christiana Figueres: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history“, Ms Figueres stated at a press conference in Brussels.
“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number. It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”

Reply to  Chris Crusade
May 4, 2015 1:45 pm

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history“, Ms Figueres stated at a press conference in Brussels.
The first time in history???? She never heard of the USSR and communism? Never heard of Italy and Fascism? My lord, we are dealing with people who know no history at all!

Michael 2
Reply to  markstoval
May 4, 2015 2:46 pm

I had the same thought on reading that comment. Seems to me pharoahs attempted economic transformations and the Chinese certainly tried it. In nearly all cases, maybe every last one of them, rapid economic transformation requires a totalitarian government, dictator or monarch.

Reply to  markstoval
May 4, 2015 3:14 pm

And typically ends in poverty and extreme hardship of economic collapse. Oh, an wars…
But hey, they only want $100 BILLION PER YEAR of your tax money… down from the prior Agenda21 goal of $200, 000, 000, 000.00/yr so half off… drop in the bucket
; sarc>

Tom Crozier
Reply to  markstoval
May 4, 2015 11:09 pm

Same thing crossed my mind. But at least she’s honest about her intentions, regardless of her ignorance of her own ignorance.

Reply to  Chris Crusade
May 4, 2015 8:43 pm

That’s a lot of words to say:”We want global governance. Sign here and send more money.”

May 4, 2015 12:38 pm

am broke…..send money

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Latitude
May 4, 2015 2:30 pm

Am broke too. Will send borrowed money. Please use it wisely.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
May 4, 2015 4:27 pm

Hey, I have starving kids to support and the dog just died. Send me some.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
May 4, 2015 4:47 pm

@ Robert…how about a nice bottle of North Korean barbeque sauce?

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
May 4, 2015 8:18 pm

How to wok your dog.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
May 4, 2015 10:23 pm

@ robert of Ottawa, is that all?, I have kids, grand kids that are starving, the dogs died a few weeks ago the cats are trying to eat my goldfish AND my truck just quit and the wife left me just as the crop is standing in the field (winter wheat)

Ted G
May 4, 2015 12:40 pm

What is needed to decarbonise the global economy is “$90 trillion over the next 15 years”, says Christiana Figueres, the UN’s green fundraiser. –
See more at:

Ted G
Reply to  Ted G
May 4, 2015 12:42 pm

First off the blocks is Christiana Figueres head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) who thinks that the only answer to stop the global warming that isn’t happening is Communism.
Figueres is a long time communist and protegé of the late Hugo Chavez, and was among those that cheered Chavez’s infamous COP15 silent and terrible ghost in the room speech which referred to capitalism and democracy.

Ted G
Reply to  Ted G
May 4, 2015 12:49 pm

UN official ‘talking through her hat’ on bushfires and climate change, says Australian PM Tony Abbott.

Bohdan Burban
Reply to  Ted G
May 4, 2015 4:57 pm

Since the departure of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelean economy has taken off like a rabbit – down a hole

Reply to  Ted G
May 4, 2015 6:38 pm

Which will of course inflate to 90 Trillion over the next 15 minutes by the time she’s done massaging the terrestrial temperature data…….:-)

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Scott
May 5, 2015 5:21 am

Something tells me that said massage doesn’t have a ‘happy ending’. 😉

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Ted G
May 7, 2015 10:27 pm

What exactly are the UN going to do with that $90 trillion to decarbonise the global economy?
Is taking the money “the action” or are they actually planning to do something with that money.
Wheres an investigative reporter when you need one.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
May 8, 2015 11:29 am

Greg Cavanagh commented:
“What exactly are the UN going to do with that $90 trillion to decarbonise the global economy?
Is taking the money “the action” or are they actually planning to do something with that money.”
It’s not a secret anymore as they’ve announced it. “Restructuring of the world economy”. The
money will be redistributed to the “have nots” to raise their standard of living under the governance
of the UN. The “haves” who will be giving up the money are those industrialized nations that have
benefited from the energy produced by fossil fuels. Main target = destroy Capitalism. Even the POTUS has been openly touting the redistribution. Shame on the “West” for being successful with the connotation that it was on the backs of the Third World.. The stated goal is to raise the Third World countries standard of living and lower the First World countries standard of living….with the UN determining who gives up and who gets. Conspiracy theory? It’s in speeches and writing if you pay attention.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
May 8, 2015 3:11 pm

Greg Cavanagh commented:
“What exactly are the UN going to do with that $90 trillion to decarbonise the global economy?
Is taking the money “the action” or are they actually planning to do something with that money.”
You’re not paying attention 🙂 The UN has gone on record that the intent of stopping AGW is to redistribute the wealth from the Capitalist countries that benefited from fossil fuel energy (the haves) to the Third World Countries that remain in poverty (the have nots). Agenda 21 spells it out….although not too clearly and with major obfuscation as not to scare anyone into shying away from its’ real purpose. The POTUS continually refers to wealth redistribution as well but no one seems to take him to task for it. The destruction of Capitalism will force all the successful countries to lower their standard of living and all those that have been unsuccessful to raise their standard of living on your dime. The logic is Capitalists earned their wealth on the backs of the poor and keep them there. Equal misery for all is the end game with the UN deciding who deserves what. No conspiracy theory, it’s in writing.

Rob Dawg
May 4, 2015 12:41 pm

Maybe she should point out the immorality of exporting coal along with the immorality of using it. That will win friends.

Reply to  Rob Dawg
May 4, 2015 12:55 pm

Life is not that simple . From her Wiki profile:
“At the 2013 International Coal and Climate summit, Figueres stated coal power can be part of the solution to global warming. In her speech, she also noted coal power could help poorer countries’ economic development and poverty reduction.[66]”
Don’t underestimate her . She is the daughter of a Cosa Rican president credited with Costa Rica’s economic and social progress since WW2 and her whole family is embedded in that country’s politics. She is smart , intellectually and visually and is not another “Nancy”. .

Reply to  mikewaite
May 4, 2015 1:16 pm

Christiana was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She’s from a rich family, and very politically connected. However, Costa Rica is a tiny country. And she’s devoid of knowledge about science, seems to fly with the red squadrons, and crafts her language to a left wing audience. Given what she says and achieves I’d rate her a Cminus in effectiveness.

Mark from the Midwest
Reply to  mikewaite
May 4, 2015 2:23 pm

We’re not underestimating her, she’s a zero, and we give her full credit for being a zero. She talks out of both side of her mouth, just like a lot of politicians. Her father is the President of Costa Rica? So what, with 46 billion in GDP it would come in as the 47th U.S. State, just behind South Dakota.

Steve P
Reply to  mikewaite
May 4, 2015 2:37 pm

mikewaite May 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm
Life is not that simple […] She is the daughter of a Cosa Rican president credited with Costa Rica’s economic and social progress since WW2
Indeed, life has not been that simple for José Figueres Ferrer, but it has been exciting:

Figueres had played a dangerous game, but he had also abolished the Costa Rican army, which forced him to appeal to the Organization of American States to protect his country from Somoza’s aggression. The OAS, with the concurrence of the U.S. representative, ordered a cease-fire and sent a delegation to Costa Rica for an on-site investigation.
At that point, Somoza realized that he had to act quickly. He called in his IOU from the CIA. He had permitted the CIA to use Las Mercedes Airport, outside Managua, as a base for its P-47s during the Guatemalan intervention. Now he wanted the planes that were parked there to help him in his feud with Figueres.
On 15 January, three days after the OAS action, a P-47 Thunderbolt violated Costa Rican airspace and bombed and strafed a number of Costa Rican towns.
Figueres, alarmed by this escalation, pointed out that Costa Rica had no defense against “modern weapons” of this kind and again appealed to the OAS. The council of the organization immediately authorized the United States to sell four P-51 Mustang fighters to Costa Rica for a dollar apiece.
The State Department, responding to pressure from certain U.S. congressmen and sensing an opportunity to improve America’s image in Latin America after Guatemala, came to the rescue and preserved the Caribbean’s “lone democrat.” Its gesture ended the “invasion”, and the State Department scored one over the CIA. The Nicaraguan dictator withdrew, but not before extracting a commitment from Figueres that he would sever links with the exiles


Reply to  mikewaite
May 5, 2015 8:51 am

May 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm
“Don’t underestimate her . She is the daughter of a Cosa Rican president credited with Costa Rica’s economic and social progress since WW2 and her whole family is embedded in that country’s politics. She is smart , intellectually and visually and is not another “Nancy”. .”
BS. She’s the incapable offspring of a popular leader; some technocrat job had to be found for her. She and her brother never were able to win an election so they had to go the unelected technocrat route. Her brother is BFF of crony Branson BTW.

Reply to  Rob Dawg
May 4, 2015 2:12 pm

Apologies – but it strikes me that CF- yuh, the UN Executive Secretary – is . . . .
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh a politician.
Being a politician doews not require you are Right or Wrong . . . . . .

Bohdan Burban
Reply to  auto
May 4, 2015 5:01 pm

Politicians are like a bunch of bananas – they’re all bent, they’re all yellow and they all hang together

Reply to  auto
May 4, 2015 8:22 pm

… and they are easily bruised.

Reply to  auto
May 4, 2015 10:30 pm

@Bohdan & noaa, but they all seem to get replaced with fresh ones every other day ( we just take them home, slice and dry them)

John V. Wright
May 4, 2015 1:05 pm

Can I just say, how much I appreciate Latitude?

Reply to  John V. Wright
May 4, 2015 1:28 pm

It may be so mikewait. She seems to be caught up in her own importance though. The AGW meme which she seems to embrace may swallow the West and her along with it!

May 4, 2015 1:06 pm

India and China will benefit from the drop in coal prices.

May 4, 2015 1:13 pm

“I see now in Paris, to stop the climate from changing,
The politicians another jamboree are arranging.
Plenty of delegates our governments will surely be sending;
Loads of taxpayer’s money I’m sure they’ll be spending…”
Read more:http://wp.me/p3KQlH-HR

May 4, 2015 1:15 pm

Let’s see – is she travelling by rowboat or first class air travel? Just asking

Reg Nelson
Reply to  Colin
May 4, 2015 2:55 pm

She should have hitched a ride with the Aussie Kayaker on his way back.

Reply to  Reg Nelson
May 4, 2015 7:08 pm

Last I checked on granpa kayaker, he admitted that the Mississippi River bested him and was cycling Eastward. I think from Memphis.
He is posting pictures captioned with his personal opinion of what the pictures are showing along with his misunderstood Colloquialism, local knowledge and practices.
e.g. a picture of a small river with naturally overhanging trees and brush became in his view ‘high water and flooded timber’,
another example was where he mentions that some counties in Tennessee are still dry implying mismanagement of water; “dry counties” are counties in a number of states that ban the sale and even use of beverage alcohol.
Confusion about local customs, life, habitat, etc. are normal, but one usually learns to get along with the locals, not treat them and their customs with insensitivity and intolerance.
Needless to say, he barely kayaked in Australia and barely kayaked the Mississippi.
As we noted before, the granpa kayaker is out on a jaunt and a lark while claiming that he is bringing attention to his ideology.

Bruce Cobb
May 4, 2015 1:40 pm

“like the oceans, there are ebbs and flows about everything”.

Yes. Just like the IPCC climate idiocy has flowed, but its influence is now ebbing. Soon, the CAGW pseudoscience, adrift at sea will founder on the rocks of truth and reality.

May 4, 2015 2:06 pm

Actually, the QLD government is heavily backed by the unions and the unions main business is mining and construction. So yes, if our government ‘try’s’ to lean too far in th green direction, I can assure you the unions wil slap down this government for even thinking about it.
That’s not to say I support this government, rather this labor party has compounded the climate debate here in Australia by bowing to the greens in the same breath, it’s a complete balls up at the moment and this labor/green alliance can only end in tears.

Mark from the Midwest
May 4, 2015 2:16 pm

The U.N. should be required to do a disclaimer, like drug companies,
“reductions in atmospheric CO2 showed no benefit over placebo, may cause inflated energy prices, and substantial damage to third world economies. Unimaginable suffering by people living at or near the poverty level may be a side effect.”

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
May 4, 2015 4:14 pm

Mark, it’s a fair stretch to link pharma with the UN as most medicines do show a distinct advantage over placebos and are advantageous to many patients (and true, there are some non-responders) but yes, disclaimers are important.

michael hart
Reply to  Craig
May 4, 2015 6:14 pm

In Ms Figueres’ case I think this is a reasonable analogy:

Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)
May 4, 2015 2:21 pm

Liars Figueres.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)
May 4, 2015 4:01 pm

And Figueres lies.

James Ard
May 4, 2015 2:31 pm

Maybe they should do a public service advertisement with children’s heads exploding?

Mike from the Carson Valley on the cold side of the Sierra
May 4, 2015 2:51 pm

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon she’ll be talking real money and what she really wants needs and desires. I guess,.

May 4, 2015 3:00 pm

Judging by that outfit and look she obviously fancies herself as a Bond villain. Same objective, too: global domination. But they have a poor record of success and I suspect she too will come to an inglorious ending.

Reply to  cheshirered
May 5, 2015 8:53 am

That kind of fashion sense goes back to H G Wells’ movie Shape Of Things To Come. Fabian overlords HAVE to look like that.

May 4, 2015 3:12 pm

Technically Queensland may produce coal, but not for power generation, it’s for steel production. Don’t these people know anything?

May 4, 2015 3:29 pm

Salesmanship is the difference between rape and rapture.

May 4, 2015 4:03 pm

It’s Ironic that Figueres went to Adelaide. There grid uses lots of windmills. So they have some of the most expensive electricity in Australia. If you are young and ambitious in Adelaide and South Australia, you have to leave the state. Go to WA or Queensland. Some jobs coming up in NSW although the Greens are fighting back there.
I cannot get over the huge amount of money being spent in Australia financing a major campaign to kill the Australian campaign. I don’t think it’s getting much traction, but its scary.

Reply to  Peter
May 4, 2015 4:17 pm

Go Figueres.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Max Photon
May 4, 2015 4:36 pm

You forgot the /irony

Robert of Ottawa
May 4, 2015 4:22 pm

Figueres appears to have died her hair and had a face job. Oh, to be one of the tranzy elites!

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
May 4, 2015 4:29 pm

Just what every woman wants to hear … “Your hair died.”

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
May 4, 2015 4:29 pm

… and your face is unemployed …

Reply to  Max Photon
May 4, 2015 5:40 pm

I thought she looked like a 007 antagonist from SPECTRE. And in effect, she is sort of the 21th century version. 🙂

Pamela Gray
Reply to  Max Photon
May 4, 2015 8:22 pm

Laughed out loud on this one! Max you are a pistol. Many times an inappropriate pain in the neck, more times a really good kick in the ass. Who I think is also, too slowly in my thinking, but nonetheless, becoming scientifically literate.

May 4, 2015 5:20 pm

***i repeat…and will continue to repeat…watch your retirement funds. as usual the CAGW crowd co-opt the language. in reality, it’s the pension funds investing in CAGW ventures that are doing the gambling, Guardian:
28 April: Guardian: Karl Mathieson: Nearly half of top pension funds gambling on climate change
Index produced by thinktank shows just under 50% of investors take no measures to protect assets from expected climate-related market shifts
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project’s (AODP) annual index of 500 of the largest global asset owners found that 232 of them had done little or nothing to protect their investments from the financial upheavals predicted due to climate change…
He said these asset owners were gambling that nothing would be done to curtail the burning of fossil fuels.
“They’re betting around 20-1 that either the fossil fuel company influence will last forever or that their fund managers will bail them out of a crisis – but that didn’t work too well during the last systemic crisis did it?” he said…
The index found only 1.4% of asset owners had reduced their carbon intensity from the previous year and just 2% have a target for reducing the carbon risk for next year.
***UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said the index was an invaluable tool for encouraging pension fund to finance the shift toward a low carbon economy.
“Pensions funds and the multi-trillion dollar assets they manage have a pivotal role to play in this transformation”…
with Costa Rica being home to over 300 online betting companies, i wonder what their share of the following billions is, Figueres.
15 April: OnlineCasinos: Interactive Sports Betting Proposal in The USA
Gambling on sports offered from other countries such as the United Kingdom or Costa Rica has been estimated to be somewhere between $80 and $380 billion annually all illegally gambled with offshore online bookies by sports betting consumers in the USA…

May 4, 2015 6:24 pm

Typical UN Socialist that could care less about helping people and more about power. She is another appointed bureaucrat that believes people aren’t capable of governing themselves and they have all the answers and expertise. In America she would be called a Progressive. People all over the world are trying to live in “Western” countries for a reason and she wants to change that to make it just as miserable as the countries they’re escaping.

May 4, 2015 6:49 pm

Christiana Figueres says there is “no space” for new coal. And in Africa which have many 3rd wrold developing countries, does she still say the same and believes that this helps the poor in those countries? I think that some cheap coal power there and many in places power plants might help those countries.
No way will wind and solar provide the power they need…

Bill Illis
May 4, 2015 7:03 pm

In terms of “marketing”, as in “brain-washing”, climate science has done a very good job having convinced all kinds of people that a theory, some computer models and faked up climate data means that we have to give up electricity and cars and tractors and cement and home heating in the winter.

Reply to  Bill Illis
May 4, 2015 7:59 pm

+1 but you left out ‘industry’.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Bill Illis
May 4, 2015 9:44 pm

The UNFCC and the national-level socialists don’t want us to give up all those things. They just want to control it all, tell us when they we have enough, and ensure the political controlling class can still jet between their “hovels” in Davos and Aspen whenever they please.

May 4, 2015 7:49 pm

When CAGW crashes and burns, the UN’s source of funding and political infrastructure to establish a New World Order implodes along with it, as outlined UN’s Agenda 21.
Accordingly, the Leftist UN political hacks and feckless Leftist hacks around the world in general will do all they can to keep the CAGW scam going for as long as possible. CAGW and Agenda 21 are the cornerstones upon which New World Order tyranny is planned to be implemented.
Support for the UN around the world is falling precipitously and when the CAGW hypothesis is eventually tossed on the trash heap of failed ideas, hopefully the UN will be tossed in the trash along with it.
CAGW is the Sword of Damocles to the UN. When that thinly stretch hair holding that sharp badass sword finally snaps, many heads will roll.
I’m counting the days until CAGW and the UN are no more.

May 5, 2015 12:19 am

The problem is there are no openly skeptical politicians in Australia of AGW. None! Though the Carbon Tax has been abolished, there is still a “Direct Action Plan to combat climate change”. It may be be a lip service policy, but we really need someone with enough guts to stand up and call out the AGW hysteria for what it is.

May 5, 2015 1:28 am

Most people on the planet would have to work very hard indeed to create the type of carbon mountain Figueres does flying around the world telling others how they should cut down on consumption.
And if it makes you feel better , its first class and tax payer funded all the way for this person with NO democrat mandate who no matter what they do cannot be sacked .
Still they no doubt have a very nice suit of rooms ready for them for their late holiday in Paris , so at least they going to have a good end to the year .

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
May 5, 2015 3:04 am

Now if only we could get Figgy to publish a image of the prophet…

John L
May 5, 2015 7:34 pm

I swear that (woman?) looks like a bad SF movie reptilian.

May 5, 2015 7:38 pm

John L,
She’s worse than that:
[For those too young to remember, that’s the evil Dr. Smith in the upper left corner, from the ’70’s Lost In Space series. The alien is the UN’s Christiana Figueres.]

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