COP 18 voted just minutes ago to create a “Doha Climate Gateway” and agreed to a second commitment period for the Kyoto protocol. The U.S. remains out of the protocol, now joined by Russia, Japan and Canada.
The EU’s Connie Hedegaard just declared that Doha created a bridge to a “new regime” by 2015.
CFACT has seen this at UN climate conferences before.
The negotiations here in Doha went into overtime last night continuing until after 3AM.
They resumed this morning when negotiators sprung a dangerous proposal on the conference. They inserted a “Loss & Damage Mechanism” into the final text which would require developed countries like the U.S. to pay poor nations for climate damages supposedly resulting from extreme weather events.
Just two days ago CFACT released a new report by Marc Morano at our press conference here, which revealed that the scientific literature shows no link between recent extreme weather events and global warming.
Don’t expect the negotiators to care about the facts or sound science. As Sen. Inhofe said at our press conference Thursday, “The focus of this year’s global warming conference, like all the conferences before, is not about the environment. It’s about one thing: spreading the wealth around.”
This morning, White House staffers were at the U.S. delegation’s desk with phones to each ear, apparently receiving marching orders from President Obama. Will Obama yield to UN demands to accept liability for any chance storm that strikes a developing nation?
There has been no global warming for 16 years and the latest peer-reviewed studies, data and analyses undermine claims that the weather is more “extreme” or “unprecedented.” On every key measure, claims that extreme weather today has been caused by human economic activity fails to hold up to scrutiny.
We do not, cannot and never have caused severe weather. We have always been generous when disaster strikes. Our generosity is that of a good global Samaritan, not reparations.
The U.S. and the developed world must not empower the UN to order damages against our nations when severe weather strikes.