Thursday, October 08, 2009

Warming-Up World Socialism

UPDATE: below

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change working group recently released a draft follow-on treaty to be considered at the Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen this December. It contains the expected requirement (page 62) for signatories to adopt "Measurable, reportable and verifiable mitigation policies and measures to meet its quantified emissions limitation or reduction commitments for 2020."

But, a provision on that same page exempts "the least developed countries and small island developing States." And -- and I predicted long ago -- it would mandate global socialism (page 122; "square brackets" indicate non-final text):
15. [Developed country Parties [shall][should] provide support to developing country Parties, particularly those specified in Articles 4.8 and 4.9 of the Convention, in order to allow developing country Parties to address issues related to social and environmental development, economic diversification, risk assessment, modelling and insurance to prevent the adverse effects of the spillover effects.] . . .

17. [[Developed [and developing] countries] [Developed and developing country Parties] [All Parties] [shall] [should]:]
(a) Compensate for damage to the LDCs’ economy and also compensate for lost opportunities, resources, lives, land and dignity, as many will become environmental refugees;
(b) Africa, in the context of environmental justice, should be equitably compensated for environmental, social and economic losses arising from the implementation of response measures.
The word "dignity," by the way, could mean almost anything, such as the rights of plants and apes.

Of course, the Obama Administration favors reaching some sort of international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. This is "social justice," as opposed to science. But you knew that. And it's equivalent to a "planned recession." I'll bet you knew that too. As Dr. Sanity says, "it's not what is true, it's what you can convince others to believe that matters."


Will Wilkinson: "cap-and-trade is like ritual self-flagellation."

(via Watts Up With That?, Roger Pielke Jr., Maggie's Farm)

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