Thursday, December 17, 2009

"On the eleventh day of Copenhagen,
the GreenFrauds gave to me. . ."

Copenhagen is a mess, on many levels. Where to start? How about with James Delingpole, writing at the UK Telegraph? Yesterday's article: "Climategate goes SERIAL: now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming." Delingpole writes that "Climategate just got much, much bigger."

Delingpole reports a statement issued by the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA): The IEA believes that Russian meteorlogical station data did not substantiate the anthrpogenic global warming theory. . . . The scale of global warming was exaggerated due to temperature distortions for Russia accounting for 12.5% of the world’s land mass. The IEA said it was necessary to recalculate all global-temperature data in order to assess the scale of such exaggeration.

There's more information posted by Steve McIntyre at Climate Audit.

Delingpole wraps it up with this: The crux of the argument is that the CRU [Climate Research Unit]cherry picked data following the same methods that have been done everywhere else. They ignored data covering 40% of Russia and chose data that showed a warming trend over statistically preferable alternatives when available. They ignored completeness of data, preferred urban data, strongly preferred data from stations that relocated, ignored length of data set.

Obama's good buddy Hugo Chavez showed up at Copenhagen yesterday. As GatewayPundit reports, Chavez told the crowd "Capitalism is the road to hell" and got a standing ovation. Chavez blamed all the world's ills--AIDS, poverty, war--on capitalism, "the enemy of the earth." Chavez's speech was red meat for this Socialist/Marxist/Warmist crowd.

"Putting Our Economy in the Hands of Chavez Fans," Andrew Bolt writes at the Herald Sun that Chavez, going 20 minutes beyond his alloted 5-minute time, brought down the house with his anti-American rhetoric. The crowd was also treated to a mass-murderer railing against the crimes of the West, Mr Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s veteran President, who is the target of Western sanctions over alleged human rights abuses.

There's video of both Mugabe and Chavez on the Bolt site.

Mugabe and Chavez are only one face of Copenhagen. Here's another.

It seems pretty clear that these "climate activists" at Copenhagen are very much about street theater, which is fine. The hippie freaks of the 1960s had their day as well, when the crowds who showed up to "protest the war" were really about hanging out in the street with like-minded people, "make love not war," "don't bogart that joint," yadda yadda. That being said, however tolerant I am of their right to hang out in the street and do whatever, I certainly have no interest in handing over billions of U.S. dollars to some utopian global government where people like this crowd are going to demand that I change my life to fit some twisted ideal of what they believe is "fair." I'm also afraid that this is pretty much the face of the young generation of Socialism, and guys, do what you want, but I don't want to pay for your shit. Yes?

Roger Simon reports on the Copenhagen crowd from Pajamas TV: "The Real Copenhagen: Hippies, Goofballs, and Climate, Inc."

Simon: This is Roger Simon reporting to you from Climate Central. That means Copenhagen, Denmark, which has been taken over by what seems to be hundreds of thousands of people. Every hotel room is jammed, including my own, all the streets are filled with journalists. This city and what is going on here has almost nothing with science or climate science. It's kind of a combination of third-world profiteers and hippie rebels. It is not about anything serious, no matter what you read in the paper, and no one you talk to on the streets is serious. Everybody thinks this is a goof.

Also, it's vastly mismanaged. You thought that the Scandinavian countries were famously orderly. Well, no one can get it, no one can get press passes, no one can get their badges. But you can go down to a place called the Klimo Org [sp?] and pick up a lot of things there, including the following newspapers. Climate Chronicle. Now, in case that one doesn't interest you, there's the Climate Justice Times, another fine paper. Then there's, in magazine form, Ode, "for intelligent optimists." I'm sort of like a dopey pessimist. But anyway, this Ode magazine is a special Copenhagen edition. And of course, last but not least, the COP15 Post, which is the daily conference news. And who is on the cover, but the man who I myself called out, and he says that he didn't know who I was, but he heard what I said when I said they should retrieve his Oscar. Of course I'm referring to Al Gore himself, who is here today, once again making a fool of himself by making statements about acidity in the ocean which are evidently not true. But that's Al, and it's just part of the charade.

This is all a game. And nothing much is really going to happen from here, but we're going to have a lot of fun making fun of these people.

By the way, when I arrived, of course the first thing--everything is climate central here--I arrived and the cab driver welcomed me in his climate-friendly car. The cab driver himself, though, was a little disabused of how cap drivers were not profiting from the occasion. I arrived at my hotel, which is called the Kong Arthur, the King Arthur, and is the world's first climate-friendly hotel. Now what does that mean? I asked the very nice concierge:

Simon: I'm here at the Hotel Kong Arthur which is a carbon neutral hotel, is that right?
Concierge: That's correct. We are carbon neutral hotel.
Simon: How does that happen? What makes it carbon neutral?
Concierge: What you do is, every single person has a carbon footprint they leave behind. We do it so here, we actually go into neutral, so what is emitted is actually going into neutral. Based on the hotel, from all the footprints, we go into neutral.
Simon: What happens in August when it gets really hot? Do you turn off the air conditioning?
Concierge: We don't have air conditioning.
Simon. Oh boy, it's a nice hotel. I'll have to stay here in August to find out.

Then I went to my climate friendly room, which is very poorly lit, naturally. It only has, I regret to say, one fluorescent lightbulb, but it has three old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs. Shame on them. However, it's still the most climate friendly hotel around. Why it is, I'm not quite sure, but you can look it up on their website, and they have a lot of words for it. That's what you get in this town, words about climate friendliness, everywhere, everywhere you go, it's climate central. It's kind of like Disneyland for Climate. You know how when you go to a convention city that's taken over by one kind of thing? Well this is taken over by Climate Change. This is a very interesting event. Can we call it corrupt? Well, maybe. Let's look into that and tomorrow we'll have more on that question. This is Roger Simon. -end video transcript-

Pajamas TV has posted another video, "Climate of Greed: Getting Rich With Doom and Gloom." It's about the money, straight up.

And then of course, there's China, the world's largest industrial emitter of CO2. This comes from the Washington Post this morning: "US Pledges Billions; China Says Climate Pact Is Doubtful." The United States pledged Thursday to help build a $100 billion annual fund by 2020 to help poor countries cope with climate change, but said its commitment depends on whether the nations gathered here forge a substantive environmental pact that includes "transparency" on tracking emissions cuts. Hilarious. The most un-transparent administration evah, that campaigned on transparency, is demanding an agreement from the world that includes transparency. Maybe they'll put AlGore in charge of the transparency clause. Like giving a lunatic the keys to the asylum door.

The UK Telegraph reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is attempting to break the deadlock in Copenhagen "by offering huge amounts of money." Saying that the danger climate change is now "undeniable," Clinton warns the world "must agree" to a deal within 48 hours. What is it with these Leftists? I guess they found out that hysterically yelling WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING NOW worked once, with the stimulus, so now they try it with everything--health care and now the Copenhagen treaty. Well, stuff it Hill, that trick works only once--and shame on us for that.

Mrs Clinton said a lack of transparency will be a "deal breaker". [Was she able to say it with a straight face?] “There shall be a transparency requirement,” she said. “How it is defined and implemented is something we leave up to negotiators.” Mrs Clinton was also unclear about how much money the US will pay towards the fund or how the money will be raised. Too bad that because of our enormous debt, we really have no moral authority or any other authority over China.

I've seen several articles about the inadvisability of Obama going to Copenhagen. Ed Morrissey at HotAir thinks that Obama can’t afford to look foolish for at least the third time on his international adventures. He's already been to Copenhagen once and come home empty handed. Morrissey thinks Obama will find "pressing domestic issues" to pre-empt his Copenhagen trip. I don't know, in my experience, it's pretty damned hard to shame a narcissist. They just don't ever see themselves as looking foolish, since they always blame someone or something else for things going wrong.

Proof that God has a sense of humor: Copenhagen has been visited with what they are calling a "blizzard" --10 whole centimeters of snow (or 4 inches, for those who are metrically challenged or who just plain refuse to use the one-world system of measurement). Evidently Copenhagen is much like St. Louis in that they don't get a whole lot of snow (and so therefore, like St. Louisans, don't "do" snow very well). Some are calling this the "Al Gore effect." Reports Denmark has a maritime climate and milder winters than its Scandinavian neighbors. It hasn’t had a white Christmas for 14 years, under the DMI’s definition, and only had seven last century.

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