In a scene reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg, for 16 years Thabo Molubi and his partner had made furniture in South Africa’s outback, known locally as the “veld,” using nothing but hand and foot power. When an electrical line finally reached the area, they installed lights, power saws and drills. Their productivity increased fourfold, and they hired local workers to make, sell and ship far more tables and chairs of much higher quality, thereby also commanding higher prices.
CFACT's display, “The Faces of Energy Poverty,” was designed to remind climate delegates of the harm global warming politics is doing to people who live without electricity or efficient cooking and heating. CFACT drove the point home by pinning green ribbons which read, “Stop Energy Poverty Now” on conference attendees and transporting them to the Mexican village of La Libertad where people literally live off the grid. Mr. Revkin returned home and wrote about CFACT in the The Times in a piece titled, “'Stop Energy Poverty.' Great Slogan, so How?” Revkin found a contradiction between CFACT's work on behalf of the [...]
Click to read in the New York Times A Constructive Approach on Energy?
Click to Read at NYT: ‘Stop Energy Poverty.’ Great Slogan, So How?
As conference delegates shivered in Cancun during its coldest weather in 100 years, power-hungry elitists labored behind the scenes to implement the real goal of this “global warming” summit, this sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-16), this clever political con job. That the Cancun summit was never a climate conference at all has become increasingly obvious. Even before it began, IPCC Working Group III co-chair Ottmar Edenhofer said, COP-16 is actually “one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War…. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.” In fact, it has [...]
On one side of this tropical strip, UN delegates, media, and observers shuttle between luxurious hotels, posh restaurants, a white sandy beach with turquoise water, and a modern convention center where they spend their time bemoaning man-made climate change and planning the energy future for the rest of the globe.
This article originally appeared in the National Journal's Cancun Insider.------------------------------ COP16 has come and gone. Every COP drags through two weeks of impotent spectacle while the real activity takes place behind closed doors. COP16 was no exception. Deals are struck and then rushed before the plenary session at the 11th hour. In Cancun the real action started 7 PM Friday night and lasted until 3 AM.On Thursday, the metaphor of the day was the climate talks zombie - an animated corpse which staggers along producing nothing, yet feasts upon the flesh of anyone constructive who blunders into its path. This was [...]
Meet the skeptics at CFACT’s COP16 press conference Monckon, Spencer & Rothbard on Climate Science & Policy
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Wolfgang Mueller December 9, 2010 (+521) 998 225 9854 Meet the skeptics at CFACT's COP16 press conference Monckon, Spencer & Rothbard on Climate Science & Policy EXTRAS: Dr. Roy Spencer to debunk cloud feedback study w/in hour of its release Climate Depot releases 321 page report – over 1,000 skeptical scientists (Cancun, Mexico) CFACT will hold a press conference on Thursday, December 9th, at 3:00 PM in the Cancunmesse, room Desierto. This will be an opportunity for journalists to balance their coverage of COP16 by listening to all points of view. This is particularly important [...]
CFACT hosts tour of energy poor village of La Libertad at Cancun climate talks Escaping the climate energy trap
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Wolfgang Mueller Wednesday, December 8, 2010 (+521) 998 225 9854 (Cancun, Mexico) Few things divide rich from poor like access to affordable energy. In this 21st century it has been estimated that 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity while 3 billion people cook with solid fuel. On Wednesday, December 8, CFACT transported COP16 delegates, press and observers to the Mexican village of La Libertad, where people cook, heat and live without electricity. La Libertad presents a compelling picture of the plight of the energy poor. “As COP16 considers the future of the world's energy policy, [...]
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Wolfgang Mueller December 7, 2010 (+521) 998 225 9854 Media invited to tour energy-poor village of La Libertad near COP16 summit (Cancun, Mexico) On Wednesday, December 8th, CFACT will bring COP16 delegates and press to tour La Libertad, a Mexican community only minutes from the comforts of the Cancun tourist zone, where the poor live without electricity. CFACT will provide transportation which will depart the Westin Hotel (first stop on COP16 shuttle one) at 9:30 AM. Return approximately 1 PM. Lunch provided. Participants will visit with local people, learn about the challenges of living without [...]
Sitting, listening to the ocean in Cancun, Mexico, one realizes how truly fortunate we are. As students, we are here, representing CFACT at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is a bit ironic then, that we are writing this in the sun, by the pool, at a Hotel, with the purpose of bringing light to the issue of Energy Poverty. The irony continues…here we sit in one of the touristy places in the country of Mexico, while less than 50 miles away are some of the very people we are talking about. Even in Mexico, there are [...]
This article originally appeared in the National Journal's Cancun Insider.------------------------------ Kyoto was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Japan announced it. And Japan's pronouncements are good for anything they choose to put voice to.Old Kyoto was dead as Jacob Marley, which is to say, as dead as a door-nail.Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a [...]