Sunday, November 18, 2007

UN: "Climate Change Irreversible"

According to a "Nobel-winning U.N. scientific panel", the earth is hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace. (Since we have seen that the Nobel committee is not really interested in fact anymore - just hype, and the U.N. isn't really interested in objectivity anymore - just control, I'm curious as to the credence that one should lend to the aforementioned "Nobel-winning U.N. scientific panel".) As early as 2020, 75 million to 250 million people in Africa will suffer water shortages, residents of Asia's megacities will be at great risk of river and coastal flooding, Europeans can expect extensive species loss, and North Americans will experience longer and hotter heat waves and greater competition for water, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says.

OK... scary and all that. We've heard much of it before. However, let's think between the lines on this. All the way through the various gushings from the report and its commentators, we see phrases like "we can do this together" and "we all need to pitch in" and "this effects all of us." Also, it points out that the targets are "places where carbon emissions are highest" and "all industrialized nations". On the surface (reading only the lines themselves), that sounds well and good.

However, why is it that the Kyoto Protocol, heralded as the Great Savior document, specifically excluded India and China? Why is it that "developed nations" must pay billions of dollars and supply technology to "developing countries"? I thought we were all doing this together?

Ostensibly, this whole "payment" thing is because the industrialized countries contributed to the problem in the past, so they "owe" the other something. However, they now want a few things out of the deal... rephrasing the above:

  • You stop doing what you are doing to be successful

  • Allow us to continue to do things to be successful

  • Give us the money that you made from all your success

  • Give us technology that you developed during all your success

Strange that all this "us and them" stuff doesn't seem a lot like "we all have to do this together". If the U.N. and its agencies were truly concerned about handling the problem, they would look at the disgusting state of industry in China and India and give them an admonition...

"Hey, you need to be a lot better about cleaning up your stuff. In fact, can you be a little more like what the U.S. and Europe are doing? We know it will cost you money and slow down your growth a little - but we are all in this together, right?"

But that's not what the U.N. wants. Just as the Sudan isn't really abusive according to the United Nations Human Rights Council, and Muammar al-Gaddafi in Libya is a cornerstone of stability and peace according to the United Nations Security Council, obviously China and India, with their raw sewage, chemicals spilling, and sulfur dioxide being detected all the way across the Pacific in the U.S. are obviously the U.N.'s star pupils for promoting the cleaning up of the environment. In fact, the industrialized nations of the world need to pay homage to them with our ill-gotten gains in the hopes that someday, we too can hope to be excluded from a Protocol that is Our Only Hope.

After all... "we are all in this together"... right?

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