by Nancy Thorner
There is much riding on the outcome of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 16) for this nation, when global warming alarmists from more than 180 countries meet in Cancun, Mexico, starting on Monday, November 29th through December 10th.
This sixteenth U.N. conference, with potentially disastrous results for America, represents the next in a long series of U.N. conferences which date back to 1992.
Last year's major climate conference in Copenhagen failed to produce agreements on mandatory reductions in global warming gasses. The outcome produced the "Copenhagen Accord" which was a non-binding political agreement with voluntary pledges made by participating countries to reduce global warming gasses. At the time President Obama promised to reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 17% regardless of what Congress had to say.
Despite the disappointing outcome of the Copenhagen conference, the U.N. sees possible progress at its upcoming Cancun climate talks which will be all about money.
Robert Orr, assistant secretary-general for policy planning at the U.N., sees significant progress made in these three key areas: 1) Establishing a multibillion-dollar fund to aid poor countries to adapt to climate change and to install clean energy sources; 2) agreeing on more elements of a complex plan to pay developing countries for protecting their forests; 3) and in making it easier for poorer nations to obtain patented technologies from the industrialized world for clean energy and climate adaptation.
Might the U.N. see the Cancun Conference as the next step to producing a new and more dangerous agreement than the 1997 Kyoto Protocol treaty? When proposed in 1997 the U.S. Congress unanimously passed a resolution opposing the treaty, thus sparing our country from devastating consequences.
U. N. hope arises from a post-conference agreement request by China's envoy to Cancun that developing nations receive financing and technology transfers to help them reduce their greenhouse emissions. It such a deal were reached, the U.N. believes it can count on winning the support of developing countries to reduce carbon emissions through a binding agreement that would lead to a new agreement to succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol due to expire in 2012.
What makes the upcoming U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Cancun a dangerous event for this nation? At last year's conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, President Obama had nothing to bring home to pacify his Left and extreme environmentalists. Obama's mandatory promise to reduce carbon emissions by 17% amounted to just that.
Frustrated in the realization that his "Cap and Trade" legislation had gone no where in the ensuring year, and embarrassed to face the global warming community at Cancun with his failure at Copenhagen, President Obama used his EPA headed by Lisa Jackson as an end-run around Congress to impose "cap" without the "trade" to reduce carbon emissions among many of America's industries, even at power plants, and at other essential activities which produce jobs and provide economic benefits.
Arguments can be made for and against reducing carbon emissions, but it can't be argued that carbon dioxide represents the"life blood" of our planet. Necessary for plant life, CO2 makes human life possible.
Unless the proposed EPA regulations are stopped in federal court by January 2nd, 2011, the Draconian EPA proposals will be enacted, providing yet another victory for Obama in his mission to impose his radical Left-wing political agenda, where the global redistribution of wealth tops his agenda, and which would pose great danger to this nation's sovereignty and economic stability.
Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, had this to say about the upcoming Cancun conference: The quote was taken from an e-mail received from Tim Phillips at Americans for Prosperity several days ago:
Until China and India agree to binding and verifiable carbon reductions, any U.S. cuts will only cripple our domestic industries and shift the jobs and carbon emissions overseas. The Obama administration is ignoring the elections, ignoring the People and heading to Cancun for a party while they negotiate away our economy and our freedoms.
The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), headed by President and Co-Founder David Rothbard, is sending its own delegation of top-notch global warming experts to Cancun to go against the combined might of the U.S., Al Gore, Barack Obama and the global environmental movement.
Dr. Spencer, meteorologist and Ph.D, and Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, often considered the "high priest" of climate change skepticism, will lead the team of climate experts to debate and counter the hysteria and distortions of Al Gore-type climate alarmists.
Some good news is on the horizon. An article published by CFACT told how Climate sanity comes to Canada when the Canadian Senate killed Bill C-311, The Climate Change Accountability Act.
The other CFACT article, Climate change no longer scary in Europe, related how the tide is changing with growing doubts about the putative threats of "dangerous global warming."
Watched closely worldwide will be the results of the Cancum Conference on Climate Change. How many countries still believe, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the U.N. scientific net work) "that temperatures will rise this century by up to 6.4 degrees Celsius (11.5 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on whether and how much emissions are rolled back of carbon dioxide and other industrial, transportation and agricultural gasses that are warming the atmosphere"?
The mantra of climate change alarmists is that pain must be experience to save the world, but in reality global redistribution of wealth has long been the top objective of international Leftists.