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