US Climate Envoy to Fly to Morocco for Pre COP22 Conference

Arrival of a caravan outside a city in Morocco.
Arrival of a caravan outside a city in Morocco. Edwin Lord Weeks [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to a US State Department Press Release, the US Climate Envoy is flying to Morocco for a pre-climate conference conference.

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Travel to Morocco

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel July 27-28 to Rabat, Morocco for meetings with Moroccan officials to discuss climate priorities for the year and plans for the upcoming 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-22). Morocco will host COP-22 in Marrakesh, November 7-18, 2016 – the first climate conference since the successful adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Special Envoy Pershing will meet with counterparts at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Energy and Agriculture, as well as members of the COP-22 commission and steering committee responsible for planning and hosting COP-22. In his meetings, Dr. Pershing will discuss next steps to address global climate change, as well as shared priorities for the year, including: rapid entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement, implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions, mobilizing private sector finance for low-carbon climate resilient solutions and clean energy, and climate adaptation and resilience.


Morocco is widely considered to be a climate leader.

My prediction is these climate conferences will continue to proliferate until they discover Skype.

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July 29, 2016 9:23 am

He will do this on the solar powered plane of course, right?
Oh, sorry, I forgot it will be windmill powered. They will put a big wind turbine up on top of it and use the electricity to make it fly. [/sarc]

Reply to  ShrNfr
July 29, 2016 10:02 am

I think this makes just as much sense as the wind-powered car:
“Lisa, in this house, we OBEY the Laws of Thermodynamics!”

Reply to  oeman50
July 30, 2016 2:28 am

ROFL, that was golden – thanks for the laugh!
One thing that did strike me as peculiar was that the reporter seemed to have been taken in by the whole Heath Robinson-style hare-brained invention, and thought it was a great idea! :0)

Reply to  ShrNfr
July 29, 2016 10:10 am

Airplane? We have a politician in Sweden that think it is possible to do the same with cars …

Gerry, England
Reply to  ShrNfr
July 29, 2016 11:46 am

He would have needed to have already left if he wants to get to Morroco by November by solar plane. Only 27 months to get round the World – probably been done quicker on a bicycle.

Don K
Reply to  ShrNfr
July 29, 2016 12:18 pm

The technology to cross the Atlantic powered only by wind has been around for at least five centuries. Problem is that it takes a while. It took Columbus about 5 weeks.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Don K
July 29, 2016 1:25 pm

Don, there is also a bit of a reliability issue depending on path chosen and time of crossing. Occasionally it may even take forever.

Steve Fraser
Reply to  Don K
July 30, 2016 2:54 am

And he only went 1/4 the way east to west.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Don K
July 30, 2016 9:46 am

Hitch a ride on a balloon, ….. to wit:

CANBERRA, Australia – A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth safely in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new world record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, an official said.
The journey also took him to speeds up to 240 kilometers (150 miles) per hour and heights up to 10,614 meters (34,823 feet)

Reply to  ShrNfr
July 30, 2016 2:23 am

Yes, quite.
I was recently pondering on the fact that it took Solar Impulse 16 months to circumnavigate the planet and old matey boy just managed it in a balloon in 11 days.
Just because something is achievable doesn’t necessarily mean it is a sensible thing to do. The headlong tilt at wind factories and so-called biofuels are other good examples.

Myron Mesecke
July 29, 2016 9:24 am

Gosh if they have to stop flying, getting mini vacations off the taxpayers while discussing the natural climate they might end up shouting “The Skype is falling, the Skype is falling.”

Reply to  Myron Mesecke
July 30, 2016 1:13 am

wouldn’t that be:
“The Skype is failing, the Skype is failing.”

Eugene WR Gallun
July 29, 2016 9:32 am

Pig at the trough — Eugene WR Gallun

July 29, 2016 9:34 am

These UNCC conference participants are well travelled people. In the last few years, they have been in Paris, Lima, Warsaw, and Doha. And don’t forget Bali. Must have been hard to be in Bali and stuck in meetings all day.

Reply to  Windsong
July 29, 2016 9:58 am

There is so much money supporting the broken science supporting their position, there’s not enough real science to spend it on, so they use the money for vacations, I mean, conferences.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Windsong
July 29, 2016 11:07 am

They have so many frequent flyer miles they always upgrade to first class.

Reply to  Bill Powers
July 30, 2016 12:11 am

Next step? : a pre-pre -pre conference.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Bill Powers
July 30, 2016 7:46 am

Then changing to tourist class and cash the difference.

July 29, 2016 9:45 am

Now let’s have the run down on where the grand Desertec plan failed.
It would make a nice revenue stream for ISIS or maybe a BBQ pit.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Resourceguy
July 30, 2016 8:37 am

The usual suspects, buying CDOs without knowing what they are doing, to blind to see a worldwide financial crisis coming: HSH Nordbank, Deutsche Bank …
but with the expertise about climate change and ‘decarbonizing’:
Companies like Siemens, Deutsche Bank, energy companies RWE and E.on, as well as the German insurer Munich Re are all interested in getting involved despite the financial crisis. All of the companies claim that this is how they are fighting back against climate change.
Bringing six billion poor people to clean prosperity and clean up the rich of 1.2 billion.
In our perspective the key to decarbonize the world and fight global warming is the desert – in only six hours deserts receive as much energy from the sun as humankind consumes in a whole year.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Resourceguy
July 30, 2016 9:06 am

The usual suspects :
On 7 June 2015, the then co-CEOs, Juergen Fitschen and Anshu Jain, both offered their resignations[9] to the bank’s supervisory board, which resignations were accepted. Anshu Jain’s resignation took effect on 30 June 2015, but he provided consultancy to the bank until January 2016. Juergen Fitschen temporarily continued as joint CEO until 19 May 2016. The appointment of John Cryan as joint CEO was announced, effective 1 July 2015; he became sole CEO at the end of Juergen Fitschen’s term.
Internal email from 2005 describing Deutsche CDO traders view of the bubble
Deutsche Bank was one of the major drivers of the collateralized debt obligation (CDO) market during the housing credit bubble from 2004 to 2008, creating ~$32,000,000,000 worth. The 2011 US Senate Permanent Select Committee on Investigations report on Wall Street and the Financial Crisis analyzed Deutsche Bank as a ‘case study’ of investment banking involvement in the mortgage bubble, CDO market, credit crunch, and recession. 
But Germany hosts a ‘Willkommenskultur’, for people in crisis:

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Resourceguy
July 30, 2016 9:55 am

Interestingly Deutsche Bank was founded to collect money from ‘small savers’ to promote industrialization.
Nowadays ‘small savers’ are a hindrance for big money. And decarbonization pairs with deindustralization.

July 29, 2016 9:58 am

That’s it…I’m defecting
There’s no money in de-nile….
How do you become a “Climate Envoy”?…
…I would love an all expences covered trip to Morocco…

Reply to  Latitude
July 29, 2016 1:03 pm

First, you need to learn how to modify the laws of physics to show whatever you want.
Next, you need to believe that a gazillion, mostly undocumented, data adjustments makes data better.
Finally, you need to replace the scientific method with conformance to a political narrative.
Now, you are on your way to becoming a Climate Envoy, but you will have to accept evil before you can qualify for the free vacations.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  co2isnotevil
July 29, 2016 1:31 pm

Sounds more like the definition of a “Climate Scientist” than that of a “Climate Envoy”. Oh, I forgot. They’re one and that same.

July 29, 2016 10:01 am

I hope these Lestist CAGW zealots realize that the more taxpayer money they waste on CAGW, and the more hysterical and inevitable they make their dire CAGW predictions, the stronger the blowback will be against Leftists when the CAGW is officially disconfirmed in about 5~7 years, when significant global cooling ensues from cooling PDO/AMO ocean cycles and collapsing solar activity, leading to: significant increases of Arctic ice extents, a string of bitterly cold winters, reord cold temps are broken, numerous glaciers start growing, etc..

July 29, 2016 10:04 am

“Ducks and pigs and chickens call … Colored cottons hang in the air … All on board ….” (1969) by Grahm Nash, originally published in “Marrakesh Express”

Janice Moore
July 29, 2016 10:15 am

Envoy Pershing had better take his own security detail … including a helicopter. No, it won’t do any good to ask once he’s over there, if the local “religion of peace” boys start to get restless.
Ambassador Stevens asked repeatedly for extra security in Benghazi
(another little “peace” religion hangout)
and was denied — by H. Clinton.
Oh, yes, Stevens was a very loyal administration factotum. That won’t help Pershing. Not one bit.
There will be some video on youtube, some cartoon, or something….. something to whisper earnestly (“we’ll get those video people” or the like…..) into the Pershing’s family ears as they stand watching his flag-draped coffin being carried from the plane while the U.S. Marine Corps band plays, “Abide With Me.”

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
July 29, 2016 10:21 am

To quote another commenter (forgot your name!), once again:

Trump for president. Hillary for prison.

On topic. The thread is about this administration’s wildly anti-American actions. The solution: boot them out of D.C..

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Janice Moore
July 29, 2016 1:37 pm

Do like they did back in South Carolina in the late ’60s/early ’70s… blanket replace the incumbents (‘cept we’d probably have to do it two or three time before they get the word).

Bruce Cobb
July 29, 2016 10:18 am

I wonder if they’ll be riding on the Marakesh Express?

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 29, 2016 10:50 am

Oh come on. You missed the obvious…

Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
July 29, 2016 11:34 am

Crosby, stills Nash and young and Crosby and Hope? I always think of the white slave traders who proliferated in this area until destroyed by my fellow townsman admiral lord pellew
However, that is besides the point, it is surely to be expected that the US govt, and all other signatories will send a representative to this meeting in November and that preliminary talks will take place by those who think of themselves as leaders in the climate fight

Curious George
July 29, 2016 10:52 am

Climate envoys, please lead by example. Only sail ships over water; only on a camelback over dry land.

Ross King
July 29, 2016 10:54 am

Global Warming cronyism is becoming the same as the Olympics & World Soccer …. the respective get-togethers have relatively little to do with the subject-at-hand and the details, compared with posturing for the aggrandizement of personal power & prestige, elitism, and living the hi-life.

Reply to  Ross King
July 29, 2016 11:01 am

just another photo op to assure the freaked out warmest population that the powers that be are doing SOMETHING about it.

John Harmsworth
Reply to  Ross King
July 29, 2016 6:08 pm

A-greed, Ross! Most of these serial con artists should be in jail, not lobbying public servants for funds to misappropriate for themselves and their slimy cronies.

July 29, 2016 12:05 pm

There goes another $5,000,000 in travel and security expenses for another presidential appearance. When do they make the next run at carbon taxes for party slush fund priorities?

Reply to  Resourceguy
July 29, 2016 1:42 pm

For Canadians who visit WUWT
Department of Finance Canada, March 18, 2016
New Advisory Council on Economic Growth
Members and more at:
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Sustainable Development Advisory Council/SDAC
Members PDF at:
Maybe a little more insight as to what’s taking place on the federal level in Canada.

Reply to  Barbara
July 29, 2016 1:54 pm

‘Canada to Introduce National Carbon Price in 2016’
More at:

Reply to  Barbara
July 29, 2016 4:08 pm

Ecofiscal Canada, Formed 2014
Advocates for carbon pricing. > The People Behind The Commission > Members of the New Advisory Council on Economic Growth which has three from Ecofiscal Canada including the now Chair.

Reply to  Barbara
July 29, 2016 8:40 pm

Institute For Sustainable Investing
Advisory Board includes:
Audrey Choi
Dominic Barton, Ecofiscal Canada
Mindy Lubber, Pres.Ceres
Jeffrey Hollander, Co-chair Greenpeace U.S.
Kevin Rudd, Australia
And others.

Reply to  Barbara
July 30, 2016 8:50 am

‘Five Reasons Why I Love Greenpeace’
No.1, “We bring corporations to their knees.”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Barbara
July 31, 2016 7:35 pm

Ah. another opportunity to OT-bomb a thread. Well done.

Hoyt Clagwell
July 29, 2016 12:56 pm

This must be what they mean by ” redistribute defacto the world’s wealth.” You take the taxpayer’s money by the millions, then fly to another country to spend it on lobster, champagne, and whatever else with no limits. Eventually with enough conferences, the third world should see some uptick in their economies.

John Harmsworth
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
July 29, 2016 6:16 pm

We have to get all those lobsters out of the ocean before they boil or the acidification gets ’em!

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  John Harmsworth
July 29, 2016 11:23 pm

LOL! And we have to swallow all that champagne before the Co2 escapes into the atmosphere!!

July 29, 2016 4:50 pm

All I can say is vote trump

July 29, 2016 4:55 pm

Anthony, thanks for all you do. History will look back on you as a great and couragous man ,of course, Iand a lot of people already do.

July 29, 2016 6:49 pm

Very interesting place for a Geologist and Geophysicist but the date is potentially a LOL. Better keep the bar open on Nov. 8-9-10 since Nov. 8 is the election in the U.S. and Nov. 9 in Morocco.
On Nov. 10 Pershing claws his way above the bar-top and asks for a beer. Bartender says, Sir you are obviously ill (a polite way of saying drunk). Pershing replies, Yes. Beer is medicine.
Ha ha

July 29, 2016 10:09 pm

“Morocco will host COP-22 in Marrakesh, November 7-18, 2016 – the first climate conference since the successful adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement.”
if we have successful adoption of a climate agreement why do we need another meeting?

Reply to  chaamjamal
July 30, 2016 12:09 am

It was successful?

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  chaamjamal
July 30, 2016 10:16 am

… due to their great response and results delivered.

July 30, 2016 12:18 am

I am just sick of this, how the heck do we stop it ? Frankly I am just pre ( pre) paring for the worst. I am already frightened for the collapse in the big inner cities, frankly the riots in Baltimore and others are going to be tea parties in comparison.

Reply to  asybot
July 30, 2016 12:19 am

does that make me a pre prepper?

July 30, 2016 2:39 am

So, the next UN IPCC COP (Conference Of The Partygoers) is coming up soon. It should be a lot of fun for those who are eligible to attend, I’m sure.
It has always struck me as a bit odd, though, that the acolytes over at the Church of CAGW, who profess to condemn any activity which releases CO2, frequently descend on far-flung, exotic destinations for massive, fossil fuel-driven knees-ups.
I wonder if there is an element of rank hypocrisy at play there…

July 30, 2016 4:55 am

Dr. Pershing will discuss…
rapid entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement,
implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions,
mobilizing private sector finance for low-carbon climate resilient solutions and clean energy,
and climate adaptation and resilience.

Yes they will go there and discuss, since they have no authority to act on any of those subjects. They only thing they do have authority on is setting up the next meeting, the only tangible outcome of these 11 days of fun in the sun.
I want to go to Morocco and discuss stuff.

July 30, 2016 4:57 am

oops missed an ending blockquote after “and climate adaptation and resilience.”
[fixed correctly? .mod]

July 30, 2016 6:31 am

A bunch of years ago a very experienced and now revered Democrat State Department Official was criticizing the Bush Administration for its actions, so the Reporter asked him, “What will you do if your Candidate wins?” He answered, “First I’ll have a Meeting.” I was driving at the time, so I thought maybe I should have had a meeting about doing it before I took off.
But given their Specialty it sounds like these Climate Scientists [aren’t they all?] are trying to actually do something similar to answering the question, “How many Angels can fit on the head of a pin?”
It’s Meetings all the way down.

Pamela Gray
July 30, 2016 7:20 am

Climate conferences in tropical places are scripted movies with a pre-determined ending. Folks, the reporter’s script outlining what was said and done has already been written, recorded, and in the can. It’s just waiting for the final gavel to show it on the 6:00 news.

July 30, 2016 7:51 am

There doesn’t seem to be much climate “change” in that region.

The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert and one of the harshest environments on the planet. It is third largest desert overall after Antarctica and the Arctic, which are cold deserts.

To get a true understanding of CO2 ability to trap heat, the people atteding this meeting should do sleep naked in the dry desert. The dry deserts are a natural control for CO2 causing climate change. With no H20 available, only CO2 is left, and the result is some very very very very cold nights.

July 30, 2016 7:58 am

Just what evidence of climate change is there in the Sahara Desert over the past 2,000 years? None.

July 30, 2016 1:28 pm

1. A few hundred scientists.
2. Hundreds of non-climate science specialists and professors.
3. Several thousand political delegates.
4. Tens of thousands of h for public hawkers looking for government and private funding and sales.
Every year, all these tens of thousands get their annual 2 week all expenses paid work/vacation in a new place. Cancun, Bali, AbuDhabi, Paris, Cape Town, …..
What would they do to ANYBODY that puts their annual vacation in jeopardy by saying the problem is minor or non-existent?

July 30, 2016 4:14 pm

Is it really safe for the US Climate Envoy to fly to Morocco?
Isn’t climate change supposed to cause planes to fall from the sky when they go over the ocean, due to the risk that all the missing heat in the ocean might suddenly be released causing severe turbulence and wind shear?

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