Major changes in UN structure take a long time but they have to start somewhere. At last week's UN climate summit the Ukraine floated a truly radical proposal. It amounts to making parties other than countries official members of the climate club. The parties in question include corporations and political entities like US states and cities, perhaps even NGOs like Greenpeace. The goal is the get as many heavyweights onto the official green team as possible.
As usual with the green press, it is more a matter of weaving together a series of half truths, omissions and advocacy, than of outright lies.
COP 23, the UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany, ended with a coal-powered whimper. Poor countries sought cash, China sought opaque emissions reporting and Polish coal miners host the next one.
The Climate Home news service puts it this way: "Climate talks in Bonn have been held hostage for more than a week over the issue, as poor countries called for a space to hold the rich to account on their promises."
CFACT jumped in a complimentary electric car at the UN climate conference to move between the official negotiating zone and the NGO zone. Our driver told us he hates the electric car,because its limited range makes it next to useless for a professional taxi driver.
In UN-speak it is called simply "loss and damage." This is the unfounded idea that people adversely affected by bad weather are "climate victims" and as such they should be compensated by the developed countries that supposedly caused the weather to be bad.
Global warming campaigners are spoiled. When they get together for a UN conference they don't expect to be challenged. The last thing they expected was CFACT!
In Bonn, official America is reasserting American interests in a low key, but honest way. That's an improvement over what we had under Obama and an example the world should follow.
The UN circus is well underway. You don't have to engage here long before you come to the conclusion that from the well-dressed bureaucrats, to the crony capitalists, to the hard-core leftist youth, there is no one promoting the UN global warming cause we dare trust to plan our future.
Are UN bureaucrats competent to centrally plan our future? Where would that power come from?
Young leftists disrupted White House energy adviser George David Banks' event at the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Monday. Banks planned to discuss what role fossil fuels and nuclear power could contribute to cutting emissions.
The Trump Administrations daring decision to promote fossil fuels (including clean coal) at the Bonn climate summit may be paying off in unexpected ways.
Andrew Rakestraw is co-facilitator of the Transparency Framework, along with Xiang Gao from China. Transparency here means who is giving what money to whom under the so-called "financial mechanisms" of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Pact COPs are all about money, not climate.
Conference-goers are united in their conviction that the UN imposes massive economic and political costs upon developed nations that cannot be justified by the benefits, of which there may be none, flowing from the pact.