UN redistribution follies

  • COP 19

The United Nations’ climate change meeting began Monday in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss “global warming,” but when the globe stopped warming 16 years ago, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was forced to reveal its real agenda.

Last year in Doha, Qatar, the treaty’s Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres told the world that the purpose of the UNFCCC is a “complete transformation of the economic structure of the world.” The scheme is to use the eternally unpredictable weather that affects everyone to manipulate a transfer of wealth from rich to poor nations, which in turn degrades every nation’s standard of living.

Rather than serving as a warning to Americans, President Obama’s delegation in Warsaw is steadfastly supporting the development of funding mechanisms for the transfer of wealth scheme through the Green Climate Fund, although it is somewhat reluctant to support its proposed new mechanism for “loss and damages.” A new treaty to replace the redistributionist Kyoto Protocol is in the works and set for completion in 2015 in Paris, France, to go into affect in 2020.

Americans are paying for the rope to hang ourselves. We pay nearly $567 million a year while two dozen countries of the 193 UN members pay only about $1000 or less, yet have the same voting privileges as the U.S. (http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/09/us-should-challenge-huge-un-funding-disparities).

Worse than one nation, one vote is that voting rarely happens at the UN. Instead, consensus is the UN’s preferred process. Consensus is unilaterally determined by a facilitator leading a meeting. It lacks transparency and allows the UN to manipulate for predetermined outcomes. Former Prime Minister of the UK Margaret Thatcher defined consensus stating, “To me, consensus seems to be: the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that need to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner ‘I stand for consensus’?”

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it. That is until the United Natipns started talking about it. Their talks started with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992.  They have since convinced the world they can not only predict the weather but can control it.  These talks continue in Warsaw, Poland for the next two weeks, November 11-22, 2013, as the Conference of the Parties COP19 meet with country delegates, non-government organizations NGO’s, and media to discuss not the weather but the climate.  The climate is what you expect.  The weather is what you get and the UN is certainly getting something much different than what they predicted.

The U.N. persists in its quest to convince the world that human activity is causing global warming and global warming will lead to the devastation of the earth.  The earth has not warmed since 1998 but the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC continues to issue reports claiming global warming not only exists but is getting worse.

Their claims are based on pseudo science and totally unreliable computer models used to predict future weather patterns.  The latest report issued just before COP19 claims that projected warming will likely raise temperatures 0.5 to 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the late 21st century if carbon emissions are not reduced.  The report responds to the lack of warming since 1998 as probably linked to natural swings in the climate.  In other words, they can’t explain why their computer models have been so wrong.

The talks are about blame.  To blame is to make someone responsible for the supposed wrong doing and if someone has done wrong they should pay a penalty.  The U.N. has made the case that developed nations such as the U.S. are to blame because we’ve enjoyed the fruits of the industrial revolution in our lifestyles.  These lifestyles have polluted a finite  atmosphere causing global warming.  Having used up this finite atmosphere cheats developing nations from achieving similar lifestyles.  This is referred to as “historical responsibility.”  The penalty to be paid by developed nations, according to the U.N., is reparations (money) and technology.

Since global warming isn’t really occurring now, the IPCC claims it’s the cause of all the extreme weather patterns that have occurred in the past few years.  The most recent tragic events of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has given the perfect fuel for developing nations at COP19.  The tragedy the Philippine people have suffered is incomprehensible to most of us, but to think the human activity of developed nations caused the event should be beyond the realm of any intelligent person’s thinking.  Not so at COP19.

The first day of the conference, the Climate Change Commissioner from the Philippines, Nadrev Sano, gave a speech in the main plenary blaming this on developed nations.  He began crying and said he would, in solidarity with his people, voluntarily fast until the COP reaches a meaningful outcome and delivers on climate action.   Translated this means “Let me see the money.”

In a press conference, another Philippine delegate made similar remarks, saying the tragedy was “an abomination which is not our doing” and “we have to get support from someone else’s pocket.”   Yet nobody mentioned the U.S. Marines went in immediately to the worst hit areas bringing water, generators and other critical supplies.  The U.S. military also offered aircraft and manpower for search and rescue.  Private groups from the U. S. have sent in medicines, food, blankets, etc.  U.S. AID sent 55 metric tons of food.  So how much is enough?

This redistribution of wealth for the perceived “moral and ethical injustice” of climate change was first tried by the U.N. through Clean Development Mechanisms CDM’s.  This was a way to get money and technology to developing nations through investments and loans for new infrastructure or just anything green.  But as with most U. N. programs there was abuse.  Most investments and loans went to China, India and Brazil and almost nothing went to the very small countries.

When CDM’s didn’t work, the Green Climate Fund GCF was introduced at COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009.  It was proposed $30 billion be given by developed countries over three years until 2012 as fast-start funding.  Then additionally, none other than Hillary Clinton proposed that developed countries collectively pledge $100 billion per year until 2020.  This sounded good but the pledges have been far short of anything close to $100 billion.  The U.S. claims to has given $32 billion from 2010-2012 and it is calculated, according to a U.S. delegate, the 2013 contribution will be $2.7 billion.

If the U.N. bureaucrats and the developing countries can’t get concrete funding for the GCF at COP19, then the next trick up their sleeves is something called a “loss and damage” mechanism.  Loss and damage are insurance terms.  Legally loss means “the value placed on injury or damages due to an accident caused by another’s negligence, a breach of contract or other wrongdoing.”  Damage can mean “injury or harm impairing the function or condition of a person or thing.”  Damages can also be ordered to be paid as compensation for injury or loss.

Defining and developing a loss and damage mechanism at COP19 is a top priority.  Whatever form this mechanism takes, it can only be seen as having one function and that is developed countries being responsible for insuring developing countries against natural disasters.  Again, the typhoon tragedy in the Philippines happened at an opportune time for COP19. This will be used as a driving force to get loss and damage pushed through.

One nation is taking issue with the consensus process by demanding that it be defined. Russia, not America, balked at the unilateral decision-making consensus process and is demanding transparency. The reason for the Russians demands is that at last year’s meeting in Doha, Qatar, the UN took away its greenhouse gas credits accrued before the fall of communism. That means that Russia would “supposedly” be on an even playing field in this proposed new economic order being built under the treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

The U.S. is a party to the UNFCCC, but not its Kyoto Protocol that was ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. The U.S. declined to be one of the 37 nations to be legally bound to Kyoto’s emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, a second commitment period was created for the Kyoto Protocol, with the U.S. remaining out. However, the U.S. is looking favorably at joining the 2015 treaty. More than 100 Heads of State of the 195 Parties to the treaty are scheduled to attend the high-level segment of the meeting, which concludes on November 22.

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About the Author: Pat Carlson

Pat Carlson is a trusted friend and ally of CFACT who covers the global warming issue for Eagle Forum. She is the former President of Texas Eagle Forum.

About the Author: Cathie Adams

Cathie Adams is President of Texas Eagle Forum and the International Issues Chairman for Eagle Forum.

  • USACITIZEN97

    MAKE IT REAL SIMPLE::::::::::KICK THE UN OUT AND DEFUND THEM NOW:::: PERIOD::::: THE ORIGINAL INTENT MAY HAVE BE OK, BUT IT IS NOT A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY:::: MOST OF THEM DO NOT SEEM TO HAVE ANY COMMON SENSE AT AL.::::::::::.. USE THE UN BUILDING FOR HOUSING AS IT HAS PLENTY OF ROOMS::::::::::: SOME OF THE LARGER ROOMS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND TALENT SHOWS::::::::::: BUT GET THE UN OUT NOW

  • peterfalexander

    Thank You two for this salient report it warms me….ohhh…PC inkorrect to feel warm….Pacific Plate dipping under the Asian Plate resulting in energy release that effects and affects Ocean Currents add in prevailing Westerly winds and heat absorbing trees of unprecedented numbers above the 45th North parallel and we are headed for the 18th repeat….plan for severe conditions at the local level…and know love and appreciate our lives and planet …

  • tomwys

    What’s amazing is that every year, thousands (yes THOUSANDS) of climate oriented national bureaucrats descend upon a chosen location, stay at uber-class hotels, dine scrumptiously, and queue their rented limousines to what end??? To come up with a way that we can fund their future vacations.

    Too bad that the climate is pulling out the rug from all of this. Ergo, the Mantra must be changed. How about “Extreme weather,” “Climate Disruption,” – anything to keep the annual climate holidays going!!!

    BTW First-rate reportage!!!

  • Eckenhuijsen Smit

    {{ The first day of the conference, the Climate Change Commissioner from the Philippines, Nadrev Sano, gave a speech in the main plenary blaming this (typhoon) on developed nations. He began crying and said he would, in solidarity with his people, voluntarily fast until the COP reaches a meaningful outcome and delivers on climate action. Translated this means “Let me see the money.” }}
    This teary Nadrev Sano was a godsend for the alarmist criminals Barry Hussein Obama and his corrupt minions, but he is very much to blame for his own ignorance of the fact that Climate Change is -and has been for billions of years- a NATURAL phenomenon.
    It has NOTHING to do with manmade CO2, which is only 0,001152 % of the atmosphere and thus CAN NOT cause Global Warming nor Global Climate Change!!!

  • Well Done

    The Philippines. An overpopulated, poverty-riddled third world baby emporium. 99 million people. a major problem post-hurricane is all the pregnant women who need medical attention. yup, that’s the one thing Filipinos do right… living in a hurricane corridor, enduring about 20 hurricanes a year, and it’s our fault? Stuff that! How about spend a bit less time diddling and a bit more time building cities and villages above the level of the frequent storm surges? Huh? Look it up; violent hurricane in September; violent hurricane in October; now, this one, and the people are afraid another one will hit while they’re still demanding help from everyone else to clean up their own mess! Oh, gee, has the U. N. done ANYTHING in the last, say, 20 years, to persuade Filipinos to keep it in their pants and develop a civilization that is hurricane-resistant? Of course not! They can all go pump sand – for a change.

  • jameshrust

    A detailed response to the accusation typhoon Haiyan is due to carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is given by the November 13, 2013 News Release of The Global Warming Policy Foundation titled “Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan–Why Global Warming Should Not Be Blamed For The Disaster In The Philippines”
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    Historical records show typhoons have been prevalent for centuries and there is a reduction in number during the past half century when carbon dioxide emissions are deemed significant. It is sad global warming scare advocates use national tragedies to promote their foolish agendas.
    James H. Rust, Professor of nuclear engineering

  • Ernesto

    They only care about looting the developed nations for their own personal gain. These people enslave their own people and keep them impoverished because they esteem themselves more highly than others. Man cannot help the weather, but he sure can help the people. The weather thing will make them more money, though. They will take the money and put it into their own pockets and into the pockets of US politicians if they steer money their way. This is corruption at the highest level. The US needs to pull out of the UN.

  • westernlib

    Racist anyone?