Cancun Negotiations Update

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The Cancun climate change conference looks to run into the wee hours of night. There is even a rumor that it might run into the wee hours of Saturday night. I can report that the activists and developing country representatives are furious. As they say over and over in press conferences and in the corridors of the Moon Palace convention center, they came to Cancun expecting rich countries to agree to extend and deepen their emissions cuts under the Kyoto Protocol and to hand over tens of billions in climate reparations.

They also expected the U.S. to agree to some kind of process that would lead to it submitting to legally binding emissions cuts at the next conference in Durban, South Africa. The climate reparations fund would be run by developing country representatives.The developing countries and activists also wanted to set up accounting standards and monitoring to make sure that rich countries weren't paying the climate reparartions by cutting other foreign aid. On the other hand, they reject accounting standards designed to track how the reparations would be spent as intrusive.

Emerging country big emitters, e.g., China and India, that have pledged to at least reduce their carbon intensity, refuse to allow for outside auditing. The world will just have to take their words for it.

Although breakthroughs are possible, at the moment it looks like the negotiators may well "kick the Cancun down the road" to Durban in 2011 or perhaps even Doha in 2012. If that happens, the fear here is that the U.N. multilateral process will die and future climate change conferences will become "zombie conferences" at which only low level bureaucrats show up. It could happen.

Have great weekend.

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  1. As they say over and over in press conferences and in the corridors of the Moon Palace convention center, they [the reps of the poor countries] came to Cancun expecting rich countries to agree to extend and deepen their emissions cuts under the Kyoto Protocol and to hand over tens of billions in climate reparations.

    I won’t even comment. I feel depressed.

    1. Depressed, yeah, I can understand. And what’s so much worse than those brutally dashed expectations is “that the activists and developing country representatives are furious.” I’m fucking devastated by that news, man.

    2. Hey, that is what we have been doing for decades in one form or another. Even John Lennon in 1980 recognized we had been doing that for years and that it was not working.

  2. Although breakthroughs are possible, at the moment it looks like the negotiators may well “kick the Cancun down the road” to Durban in 2011 or perhaps even Doha in 2012. If that happens, the fear here is that the U.N. multilateral process will die and future climate change conferences will become “zombie conferences” at which only low level bureaucrats show up. It could happen.

    “Could”? You’re such a kidder!

  3. I thought Cancun was where they extend the Kyoto treaty or it dies.

    Is that happening or is it dead?

  4. May try to keep it on a ventilator, so to speak.

    1. Quick Ron run away before Pro Liberate catches you and bitches about the Falcon launch.

      1. The hell with it.

        1. Oh come on I am only joking.

          If you ask nice I am sure Ron can promise to write about it when he gets back from Mexico.

          Don’t give up now so close to the finish line.

          1. I’ll be on vacation at Mars Disney before they mention the latest SpaceX success.

    2. The Terry Schiavo of political activities – brain dead on a ventilator.

      1. Feeding tube.

        And somehow that’s a more accurate analogy.

  5. “If that happens, the fear here is that the U.N. multilateral process will die and future climate change conferences will become “zombie conferences” at which only low level bureaucrats show up. It could happen.”

    If only…

  6. Remember Password?

    The secret words of today are:

    “Futile”
    “Useless”
    “Wasteful”
    “Pitiful”

    For the win, what is it?

    Cancun Climate Change Conference 2010!

    Ding! Ding! Ding!

  7. Global Warming is just another ‘social justice’ program concocted by the Left. Luckily, 2010 will be the last year for us to take it seriously.

  8. The climate reparations fund would be run by developing country representatives. The developing countries and activists also wanted to set up accounting standards and monitoring to make sure that rich countries weren’t paying the climate reparartions by cutting other foreign aid.

    So precious! Like watching kids on a playground agreeing on the rules of some game they are making up! Oh, you snookums, you!

  9. And now, for something completely different:

    http://wallpaperbase.com/wallp…..osio_2.jpg

  10. The fact that these trolls have two more years of these charades already well into the planning pipeline is disgusting.

    No, you fuckers CAN NOT have a fucking pony.

  11. …looks to run into the wee hours of night. There is even a rumor that it might run into the wee hours of Saturday night.

    Don’t forget to wear protection, son You’re such a nice boy!

  12. The fact that the climate activists in Cancun are completely stymied, and that there is apparently no real prospect of any kind of global climate regime or reparations, almost makes up for Radley’s nutpunchapalooza earlier today.

    Almost.

  13. I suppose the fecklessness and mendacity of gummint officials is good for something after all.

  14. The developing countries and activists also wanted to set up accounting standards and monitoring to make sure that rich countries weren’t paying the climate reparartions by cutting other foreign aid. On the other hand, they reject accounting standards designed to track how the reparations would be spent as intrusive.

    If I were regularly giving money to the bum on the corner, and he told me I had to give him even more because I have a nice car, and that he could spend it all on booze, I would tell him to fuck off.

  15. On the other hand, they reject accounting standards designed to track how the reparations would be spent as intrusive.

    So I’m going to give you money for “climate reparations”, operative word “reparations” and you’re going to spend it on hookers and blow.

    1. Well at least they wouldn’t be wasting it…

  16. the fear here is that the U.N. multilateral process will die and future climate change conferences will become “zombie conferences” at which only low level bureaucrats show up. It could happen.

    Please oh please oh please oh please.

    1. Mr. Scrooge, I find it depressing that some people seem to forget that you are entirely fictional.

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