Saturday, December 12, 2009

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

Saturday has evidently been set aside as "demo day" in Copenhagen. Their slogan is "Seal the Deal" because "Climate Can't Wait." Climate activists are calling for demonstrations all over the globe, and they're hoping that 80,000 will show up in Copenhagen for a march to Bella Center, the venu hosting the climate change conference. At the end of the demonstration, former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa will lead a candlelight vigil, one of some 3,000 set to take place in 130 countries around the world.

"Tens of thousands" have already marched in Australia on Saturday, "demanding tough action from world leaders on climate change." They are "walking against warming." They want a treaty, but that isn't going to happen, not this year, not in Copehagen.

Has anyone heard the name, Todd Stern? As much as I've read about what's going on in Copenhagen and with ObamaTeam, today is the first I've heard of him. Todd Stern is the Obama administration's special envoy on climate change. On Earth Day of this year, April 22, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about a doomsday scenario for increasing carbon emissions: "Carbon emissions are rising far more quickly than expected," he warned the committee. "We are at risk of creating a world where climate change disasters will drive millions of people across borders." A strong accord, he said, is only possible if the United States significantly cuts its own emissions.

Well, a lot has changed since last April, when the Greens still thought a binding global treaty would be passed at Copenhagen that would "fix" the climate. Copenhagen was supposed to be the decisive moment in the history of the global climate crisis. So what happened? Part of the reason stems from the inherent flaws in the Kyoto Protocol, but much of the blame rests with US policymakers, who have been working behind the scenes to undermine Copenhagen for quite a long time, writes Brian Tokar at And so the blame game goes--it's of course the fault of the United States--those evil Republicans, to be more specific. And here I thought the Democrats controlled the Executive and the Legislative branch--and also have their finger on the scales of the Judicial.

That takes us back to Todd Stern, the guy who was supposed to make the Copenhagen treaty happen. Writing at Politics Daily, David Corn has an article: "At Copenhagen Summit, the Pre-Blame Game." Corn says that Todd Stern held a press conference on last Wednesday where he ticked off all the actions unilaterally taken by the Obama administration to redress climate change: boosting fuel-economy standards, designating greenhouse gases a threat to human health that should be regulated under the Clean Air Act, and establishing a regime to measure and monitor global warming gases produced by major emitters. According to Corn's article, Stern pointed a heavy finger at China for blocking discussions about their own emssions reductions. China wants to stay with the 1997 Kyoto protocol, which didn't subject them to emsssions reduction targets. Said Stern, "There is no way to solve this problem with giving developing countries a pass." The message, says Corn? If there's no good deal nine days from now, it's not our fault.

Another sticking point which will keep a binding treaty from happening in Copenhagen is the ire of a group of third-world nations, led by Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese chairman of the Group of 77. The United States and the European Union have offered $10 billion annually in climate change funds for less developed countries. Lumumba's response? That's "not enough to buy us coffins." Really? Then how about $Zero billion annually--would that be better? Our friend Todd Stern had a response for the Group of 77: Todd Stern, the chief U.S. negotiator, said Wednesday America recognized its historical role in putting emissions into the atmosphere."But the sense of guilt or culpability or reparations, I just categorically reject that." Oh, so now we reject America's guilt for something? Maybe someone better tip off the ObamaTeam apology tour speechwriters before he gets to Copenhagen.

Here's one I missed. h/t to Brietbart Big Government in a post by Mike Flynn: A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him “inconvenient questions” during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen. Mike Flynn evidently missed the hilarious irony of the title of this maroon's book: Science as a Contact Sport. Ridicule is the best weapon the Right can use against these sniveling Leftists.

Professor Stephen Schneider’s assistant requested armed UN security officers who held film maker Phelim McAleer, ordered him to stop filming and prevented further questioning after the press conference where the Stanford academic was launching a book.

What pathetic, hamhanded tactics: "Shut up and sit down." These Leftist warmists are lily-livered cowards who simply aren't used to being challenged, not in any way. Here's the coward's home page at Stanford. Increasingly, I am sickened by the level of "teaching" that goes on in the universities, and particularly the top universities, in this country. What's the going rate of Standford tuition these days?

Over 500,000 have viewed the confrontation on YouTube. You can run, you cowardly Leftist loons, but you can't hide. When are they going to learn? Hopefully never.

Grist is an interesting website. They bill themselves as based in the Emerald City of Seattle, in the Evergreen State of Washington (both green! [no duh!]), with contributors scattered the world 'round. There's an article posted at Grist today by Naomi Klein, "Naomi Klein Says Obama's Stiffing Africa on Climate." For the love of God, how much money do people like Naomi Klein think we have to give to third world countries over "climate"? Naomi is the daughter of U.S. Vietnam war resisters who moved to Canada, so I guess it's easy to sit in Canada and say, "Hey, America, you should give away more of your stuff."

I think she does, however, have an interesting take on Barack Obama: If George W. Bush had pulled some of the things Obama has done here, he would have been burned in effigy on the steps of the convention center. With Obama, however, even the most timid actions are greeted as historic breakthroughs, or at least a good start. No doubt. This affirmative action character has been praised for mediocrity and given awards for doing nothing all of his life. When are the Leftists going to get it? He isn't going to stick his neck out for them--not now, not ever.

After interviewing Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International, Klein seems to think that some of the third-world voices have taken the gloves off when it comes to their criticism of Obama: The solution for Bassey is not carbon trading or sinks but “serious emissions cuts at the source. Leave the oil in the ground, leave the coal in the hole, leave the tar sands in the land.” In Nigeria, where Bassey lives, Friends of the Earth is calling for no new oil development whatsoever, though it does accept more efficient use of existing fields. If Obama isn’t willing to consider those types of solutions, Bassey says, “he may as well be coming [to Copenhagen] for vacation.”

Klein continues in her article: Obama, the son of a Kenyan man, still inspires a great deal of pride among African delegates here, and rightfully so. But the louder message we are hearing is that that the continent has a great many sons and daughters and our collective failure to address the climate crisis is an immediate threat to their survival. As the African delegates chanted at the Bella Center tonight: “We will not die quietly.”

I guess what I would say to Lamumba and Bassey and others like them is this: tell us what you are doing for yourselves, besides hanging around waiting for a handout from the U.S. Show us your plans, that go beyond just demanding more from America and Europe, for fixing your own problems and developing your own country. Otherwise, more billions for Africa and other "developing" nations is simply more money down the same hole. Where am I wrong? Where is the progress, beyond "more money" given to them by someone else?  

As to the main point of Kleins's article, the "sons and daughters" of Africa aren't the only ones who are starting to wonder if they've been stiffed by Obama. I don't know whether Obama knows it or not, and I don't know whether his people know it or not, but this guy is setting himself up to be a one-term president. The campaign commercials against him are going to write themselves, using nothing but his own words. Just last night, Fox News Greta Van Susteren said this to Karl Rove:

As far as I'm concerned, if Obama's lips are moving, then you can count on  him to be lying. This is nothing new. However, like Klein pointing out that Africans are becoming disenchanted with Obama, more varied sources than just Republicans are joining in on criticizing The Won.

A new CBS (CBS!) poll has Obama's approval rating at a new low--50%. In the same poll, only 42% approve of the Obama health care scheme (scam). Rasmussen, on the other hand, who uses adults likely to vote in their polls, has Obama at -16 in his Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, the lowest approval rating yet recorded for this president. For comparison, on the day after his inauguration, Rasmussen had him at +30 in the same poll.

More people are pointing out what should have been obvious to anyone with half a brain before he was elected, that Obama as POTUS is seriously out of his depth--he simply doesn't have the experience to pull off the job as president. Gee, he graduated from Columbia with a degree in political science (or at least he says, although his transcripts are some sort of state secret)--shouldn't that be enough international experience for anybody? He has no business experience, beyond "community organizing," which is evidently why he thinks that government can create jobs. Not only does Obama have no previous experience in the private sector, likewise his cabinet has the least private sector experience of any cabinet since people started keeping track of such thing. "Judge me by the people I surround myself with," he said during his transition. OK, consider yourself judged.

And if it's not outright criticism, then excuses abound for Obama's lame performance. No, no, it's not the president's inexperience or own unforced errors that are causing him trouble. Instead, America has simply become ungovernable. Really? Democrats have 60 seats in the Senate, a slobbering majority in the House, and Obama still can't govern? The incompetence of ObamaTeam deserves a post all its own.

If the Green Euros are expecting Obama to come fly into Copenhagen and pull a rabit out of the hat, then they need to meet the Obama that we in the U.S. have been treated to for almost a year. Chances are good that will happen.

Update on the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. As of Sunday, Obama has dropped to -19 in Rasmussen's "presidential passion index." Ouch--that's the lowest number yet and also a new low on two successive days. Obama's overall approval rating in Rasmussen has dropped to 46 percent. Independent voters, who are the ones who put Obama in the White House, now seem to be abandoning him in more than any other group. He's also lost the middle class, those voters making between $40,000 and $100,000 a year.

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