According to the AP rich countries (a.k.a. the United States) must pay poor countries reparations for climate change.
“Rich countries must put at least $10 billion a year on the table to kick-start immediate action up to 2012,” the U.N. climate chief, Yvo de Boer, told reporters last week in a preview of the two-week conference opening next Monday in Copenhagen.”
Don’t be misled by de Boer’s use of the term “kick-start.” What he really means is bribe. According to Athena Ballesteros, a climate-finance expert at the World Resources Institute, “short-term finance would be used as an opportunity to get a political buy-in for the other elements of an agreement.” In other words, developing nations would never agree to a global climate change pact without being paid off. (Sounds eerily like the healthcare debate in the Senate, doesn’t it?)
Because eeevil industrialized nations (a.k.a. the United States) cause global warming — and won’t do anything to stop it — we must fork over dough to a global body for redistribution as it sees fit. Apparently this would help the world feel good about us.
“Upfront money would also help rebuild trust between the rich north and poor south, eroded by years of relative inaction on climate, particularly by the United States.”
Forget the fact that recently hacked documents from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in England show collusion on the part of leading “global warming scientists” to cook the books, spin their research, and hide contrary data. Yesterday The Hill confirmed that President Obama will continue with his plans to attend the climate summit in Copenhagen next week.
“Despite the incident, which rocked international headlines last week, climate science is sound, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed this afternoon, and the White House nonetheless believes ‘climate change is happening.'”
(According to reliable sources Gibbs had his eyes closed and fingers stuffed in his ears during the entire press conference.)
And Obama will no doubt throw a billion dollars or so into the U.N.’s climate kitty. After all, what’s another billion dollars when we’re already $12 trillion in debt? Chump change.
While we’re at it, let’s chuck another billion at Al Gore — quite possibly the world’s first “carbon billionaire.”
Cross posted at The Daily Dose.