AP- 2009 Climate Summit
The largest climate change conference in history that began Monday in Copenhagen, Denmark, included dramatic demonstrations and pleas from inhabitants from poor countries for more money to combat the alleged effects of global warming.
A global warming activist from the Maldives, Mohamad Shinaz, dove into a large tank of water to illustrate what rising sea levels were doing to his island nation. “I want people to know that this is happening," Shinaz said as the water reached up to his chest. "We have to stop global warming."
Despite growing skepticism over the science of climate change, there seemed to be an overwhelming sense of urgency to establish comprehensive policies that would regulate greenhouse gas emissions and provide steep monetary penalties for those nations who are not in compliance. Individual governments would be responsible for taxing and regulating offending companies, or denying them the ability to manufacturer the undesirable goods or services outright.
"This is our chance. If we miss it, it could take years before we got a new and better one. If we ever do,” said conference President and former Denmark climate Minister Connie Hedegaard.
Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agreed. "The evidence is now overwhelming that the world needs early action to combat global warming.”
Through the many impassioned pleas and discussions regarding the dire consequences the world faces if it doesn’t immediately address the climate change issue, was the proposal at the heart of the conference. Climate change proponents are asking developed countries to establish a fund of $10 billion each year for the next three years to assist poor countries as they cope with climate change strategies. Additionally, they want hundreds of billions of dollars annually to implement a new world energy strategy that will eliminate polluting fuels and also help poorer countries adapt to the inevitable consequences of global warming.
Somehow, it always seems to end up being about the money, doesn’t it?
As the conference progresses, pro climate change groups continue to try and address the fallout from the climategate email scandal. Britain’s Met Office spent four days collecting 1,700 signatures from scientists who signed a petition defending the "professional integrity" of global warming research.
At least one unidentified scientist told The Times of London that he felt pressured to sign the petition. "The Met Office is a major employer of scientists and has long had a policy of only appointing and working with those who subscribe to their views on man-made global warming," he said
Americans are encouraged to pay very close attention to the climate change conference, and exactly what commitments the Obama administration makes on the United States’ behalf.
The insistence on the rapid adoption of these enormously significant proposals should leave everyone concerned as to the motives of those pushing the agenda of climate change. Hundreds of billions of dollars redistributed annually from rich nations to poor nations, coupled with higher taxes, higher product costs and fewer choices should only be undertaken after thorough examination and a healthy debate.
In light of the apparent manipulated data that serves as the foundation of climate change “science,” and the growing skepticism over the very nature of the entire issue, any policies adopted or money spent as a result of climate change initiatives should undergo extreme scrutiny.