This week Naderev M. Sano of the Phillipines delegation made a tear-filled speech to COP 18 in Doha, Qatar.  “I appeal to the leaders from all over the world to open our eyes to the stark reality which we face…. please let Doha be remembered as the place where we found the political will to turn things around and let 2012 be remembered as the year the world found the courage to take responsibility for the future we want.”

In contrast to the delegates wrangling for national advantage, the shameless rent-seeking of the carbon profiteers and the left-wing agendas of the radical NGOs, Mr. Sano projected a refreshing sincerity.  Sadly, he is sincerely wrong.

Mr. Sano has been misinformed about the science.  Mr. Sano separately told COP 18 that when a typhoon strikes the Philippines, it costs them 2% of their GDP from damage and another 2% in recovery costs.  Those typhoons were not caused by Americans, Europeans or the Japanese driving cars and refrigerating food, but by the Philippines geographic position in the tropics.  Those typhoons struck before there were people and would continue in our absence.  They are a genuine challenge to that island nation that is best met through the economic prosperity that flows from free markets and the rule of law.

If the Philippines wants to move forward, it should look north to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, west to Singapore and south to Australia and New Zealand for an example of the benefits free markets bring.  If it needs an example of what not to do, Cambodia, Vietnam and that other Korea are conveniently nearby.

We should help Filipinos help themselves, but do not need the false pretext of climate change to do so.  Most importantly, forcing the free world into a UN supervised economic decline will provide no benefit to Filipinos, but rather harm them with the rest of us.

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