Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Can Obama & Kerry jump start the UN climate process?
CFACT sends delegation to the UN Climate Summit in Bonn
Since winning reelection President Obama has increased his rhetoric in favor of moving the United States towards further efforts to combat global warming. He is joined by his new Secretary of State John Kerry. Can they maneuver the UN towards a new climate treaty by 2015?
Both President Obama and Governor Romney avoided climate change whenever possible throughout the 2012 campaign. Yet on election night Obama declared, “we want our children to live in an America … that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” Kerry recently proclaimed that “the science is screaming at all of us and demands action.”
Climate change is back on the agenda.
President Obama’s renewed interest (now that he no longer must face the voters), along with Kerry’s (who has been a long-time climate campaigner), set the stage for the next two weeks of UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany June 3rd through June 14th.
“Obama and Kerry have stepped up the climate rhetoric,” said CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker. “They must feel great pressure to deliver some tangible result to the Green pressure groups that supported them last fall. This is Kerry’s first real chance to direct a U.S. climate delegation. With so many world events eluding his grasp, Kerry may choose the UN climate talks as his place to make a splash. If he goes that way, real damage can be done to the U.S. economic recovery.”
Prior to the climate talks, CFACT will participate in and report on the “Resilient Cities” conference hosted by ICLEI, also in Bonn. ICLEI is an international association dedicated to implementing the UN’s sustainability and “Agenda 21” initiatives at the local government level.
“Last year ICLEI members told the citizens of the world to tighten their belts and accept lower living standards, while drinking champagne at a fashion show in Brazil.” Rucker said. “We’re very curious to see what new hypocrisies they will reveal this year. Agenda 21 is a recipe for permanent economic malaise and there is nothing ‘sustainable’ about it.”
CFACT is a UNFCCC accredited NGO and the veteran of numerous UN conferences. CFACT is your ‘go to’ source for news and information for those seeking to balance coverage with reporting which challenges climate and sustainability orthodoxy. CFACT is available to all media.
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