December 20, 2007

Climate Change and anti-Americanism

... "I draw attention to just some, of what mainstream media conveniently omits from its reporting of climate change issues and especially, in relation to the U.S. position"...

After two weeks of exhausting negotiations, no less than eight hundred meetings and the participation of some twenty thousand Diplomats, Politicians, Scientists, Bureaucrats, Business leaders and interested observers, the UNFCC Conference finally ended on Saturday 15 December. Given all the deliberations and sheer dramatics prior to and during the conference, its amazing that conformity was reached at all, it was only after the talks went beyond the Friday deadline that consensus emerged as disputes lingered about how far the new agreement should go in terms of action by India, China and other developed economies. With the agreement comes a framework in which to continue talks in pursuit of a road map leading to Copenhagen in 2009 where supposedly, nation specific targets on Carbon emissions will be adopted. Copenhagen will represent the grand final for the new agreement but in truth, it shall be brokered in meetings leading up to it.

For the U.S. a primary sticking point was the inclusion of targets that would see a 25-40 percent reduction of carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2020 as recommended by the U.N; a set of figures supported by the European Union. Thankfully, by the Saturday the U.S. Delegation had forced a draft compromise that saw the term "targets" relegated to a footnote within the preamble and replaced by a weaker derivation, "objectives.” Still, the U.S. has sinced voiced "serious concerns" whilst emphasizing the need to bring major developing economies to the table. Understandably, if only developed nations take action whilst China and India continue to belt out new Aluminum smelters political support will falter. As Paula Dobriansky noted at a December 13 press conference:

"We must develop a comprehensive, global approach. To paraphrase the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s comments yesterday, our atmosphere doesn’t differentiate among emissions from the Americas, Europe, Asia, or Africa. It doesn’t differentiate among emissions from coal, cars or deforestation. Emissions are global and the solution, to be effective, must be global" ... "We must catalyze the technology transformations that will make emissions reductions economically viable worldwide."

It is not my intention to examine and clarify details of the conference dealings or the final agreement, there are numerous on-line pages providing more than adequate coverage. Instead, I draw attention to just some, of what mainstream media conveniently omits from its reporting of climate change issues and especially, in relation to the U.S. position.

Firstly, there is technology transfer and funding adaptation. The U.S. firmly recognizes that developed economies do have a responsibility. Again Dr. Dobriansky,

"The United States has a responsibility which we’ve spoken to and which I think we’re devoting a significant amount of resources, some $37 billion, to providing, particularly in the area of technologies and access to technologies, development, deployment, commercialization of technologies."

As part of the same response let's read into James Connaughton's remarks at the same conference:

"The U.S. is one of the largest foreign direct investment countries in the world. And through that foreign direct investment, we are massively transferring technology and skills all around the globe. That is backed-up by very significant investments through our international development bank activities, as well as, by the way, bringing some of those technologies and skills, to build them and make them, bring those technologies back to America. In fact, in the clean energy technology area, America is a net importer of technologies built and put together overseas in this arena. So, when you’re looking at the particular issue that I think you’re referencing, there’s some legalistic issues in the weeds of our negotiations related to what is meant by and how you structure tech transfer. But let there be no doubt, America is engaged in the transfer and receipt of technology on a massive scale."

I briefly touched on the role of technology as part of my earlier post aimed at delivering greater understanding of the U.S. position.

Secondly, during the same press conference James Connaughton provided a revealing outline of other U.S. initiatives:

"We had a very lengthy, and quite constructive, and I think, almost exciting side event yesterday. Some of you were there. We outlined a number of the current and new measures that we are working on in America, as well as some of the initiatives that we are dealing with abroad."

"In particular, Assistant Secretary Andrew Karsner at the side event outlined the fact of our fivefold increase in the use of wind and solar energy in America. He pointed to the fact that, I think, 22 percent of our new generation last year, the nameplate capacity came from the renewables. We walked through a number of the programs. We have well over $10 billion going to bring forward low-carbon, clean-energy technologies, and this will backup the investments the people want to make in those."

"We talked about the work we are doing internationally to combat deforestation, to prevent illegal logging, and I think that was very new and interesting information for a lot of the people in the room. And I then gave a broad policy overview of where we are going next, in particular, our effort to replace 20 percent of our gasoline, with advanced biofuels and other alternative fuel technologies, coupled with our increasingly enhanced program on tackling the issue of carbon capture and storage from coal fire-powered generation, and a whole series of partnerships we are doing with the states and with local governments, in terms of supporting their efforts in combating greenhouse gases. "

The third omission, though not specific to the recent conference, relates to a body of science that questions whether humans have anything to do with the warming predictions in the first place. There are a notable group of experts that believe that it has more to do with natural climate phenomenon and they point to a mass of data to back up the claim. In a recent article published in "The International Journal of Climatology" provided to us by Britain’s Royal Meteorological Society they write:

"The observed pattern of warming, comparing surface and atmospheric temperature trends, doesn't show the characteristic fingerprint associated with greenhouse warming," wrote lead author David Douglas, a climate expert from the University of Rochester, in New York state" .. "The inescapable conclusion is that human contribution is not significant and that observed increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases make only a negligible contribution to climate warming..."

For further reading and, in the interests of balanced assessments, I recommend visiting the ICECAP site for it addresses the many facts and myths related to climate change.

It becomes imperative therefore, that we tread sensibly, practically in relation to purported emissions targets; mandatory restrictions that can stifle the U.S. economy and in doing so impact world economies.

In another significant development that also went unreported, the conference addressed the question of deforestation resulting in a “Deforestation pact". This was as distinct to Kyoto and the fact that MSM showed little interest reveals a lack of climate-change comprehension on the part of all media interests; deforestation accounts for nearly one fifth of all world emissions. The pact resulted in the formation of a $300 million grant program administered through the World Bank to assist developing countries with planting new trees.

Too frequently America is depicted as the "stubborn villain" of the issue, the obstructionist nation or rogue state that threatens the very survival of the human race. This was most evident by way of the intensity of crowd response - more like a sporting event than a major conference - following Gore's accusing the U.S. of "Blocking the deal". The former Vice President is an American, hence he has a right to criticise his own but the rapturous reaction to his address was more than a little telling, for it confirmed the fanatical attachment of those pushing the climate change agenda, a devotion that automatically questions the validity of any response contrary to their own.

The motivation behind the view is unmistakably obvious; Climate Change is one of the new and many mediums for the promotion of anti-Americanism.

Further reading: Common sense on Global Warming

Comments welcome

18 comments:

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Unfortunatly the prosperity and power that we have in this country is the source of extreme jealousy throughout the world.

As such the US is the cause of everything especially when it comes to the environment.

Never mind that we have done more than any country to clean the air and preserve the environment not only in our own country but around the world.

It has become politically correct to blame the US for everything, even the left in this country jump on that band wagon.

Of course Gore is a leader in that field.

You recently had a post that considered how much the rest of the world economically and through security is dependent upon the US.

As an American who is most decidedly NOT an isolationist, but who tires of the country that I love being blamed for everything when I know that it is we who keep the entire world afloat, there are times that I wish that we would pull back completely for even one week both militarily and financially and let the world see what this planet would desolve into were it not for America.

Then I realize as a nation of free people who understand that every person longs for freedom, we have a profound responsibility regardless of the critisism or bame or even the hatred to be wherever it is necessary to protect the weak, stand dtrong for the helpless and be the financial and protective backbone for the world.

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

One correction in my preceeding comment:

"As such the US is the cause of everything especially when it comes to the environment."

This should read, "As such the US is blamed for being the cause of everything especially the environment."

Leaving out the word blame completely changes the context of the sentence. OOOPS

American Interests said...

John Benton & Ken Taylor: "have a profound responsibility regardless of the critisism or blame or even the hatred to be wherever it is necessary to protect the weak, stand strong for the helpless and be the financial and protective backbone for the world".

Great comments and an important realisation my friend...

p.s. Love the photo!

John J. Kaiser said...

"The pact resulted in the formation of a $300 million grant program administered through the World Bank to assist developing countries with planting new trees."

Can I get my hands on some of that $300 million if I plant a few trees in my backyard?

Elaine said...

Great post Otto! I echo much of the same sentiments said by liberal lie conservative truth. I'm tired of the constant criticism and anti-Americanism, especially from those in my own country. As to the environment...it seems America shoulders the burden for accountability.

(I noticed the comment section is fixed :-)

WomanHonorThyself said...

Hiya Otto..great thorough work!..Fa la la la to u my friend!:)..and keep fighting the good fight!

Aurora said...

The liberal lie said it exactly. It's become such a knee-jerk reaction to blame the U.S. for everything including the whole climate change broohaha fiasco. America has never been a country to just jump on a bandwagon (like Kyoto) just because the whole world is doing it. Why should they? As Kyoto is being shown for the stupid thing it always was, will they admit America (and John Howard's Australia) were right for not signing up?

Karen said...

Even today, over 600 scientists have signed a letter, the majority of whom are on the U.N. panel sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, stating that they have been silent previously due to fear of retaliation in the U.N. community, saying that many of Gore's claims are flat out proven to be wrong. No scientific basis at all. Duh.

It is more and more exposed to be a power grab by those standing to make money off alternative fuel and power companies, investments with financiers (like Al Gore is doing now) and a grab at more taxes on the American people. It's sickening.

I heard a good description from a politician recently: it's global climate change, not American climate change. Sums it up for me. When they plan to penalize China and India at the same levels as the U.S., maybe I'll take it all a little more seriously.

Goat said...

Thanks for the link Otto and great post. It is pretty obvious that this is all about the transfer of wealth and controlling people and nothing to do with the environment, just another UN attempt at fraud. It is an attempt to hamstring the US so the rest of their economies don't look like anemic ghosts in comparison.
Icecap is a great site isn't it? I knew you would like it, I did. Hattip goes to Noel Shepherd at Newsbusters.

American Interests said...

J. Kaiser: LOL, see what I can do, shuffle a few papers perhaps..thanks for coming by!

American Interests said...

Elaine: Good to see you here, listening to the rants from within your own borders must be annoying. Oh, and about the comments thing, I sent Blogger quite an email about it, many in fact did, perhaps they listened...

Angel: Thank you and the fight continues...still cold in NYC?

aurora: About Kyoto, no nation or body will admit anything...but we know Howard and Bush were dead set correct too not sign...did you know?

In the seven years between the signing of Kyoto in 1997 and 2004 emissions worldwide increased 18.0 percent; emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1 percent; emissions from nonsigners increased 10.0 percent; and emissions from the United States increased 6.6 just percent!!!

Karen: Great comments, I think more and more so-called experts will show there hand soon, resulting in more objective debate on this...let's hope anyway...

Goat: No thank you! For this and past comments on the question of Climate change; very enlightening! There are not enough sites like icecap out there...

Debbie said...

You do great work Otto. Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year my friend.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Faultline USA said...

Excellent post Otto and I totally agree with your point that climate change is all about the promotion of anti-Americanism. I’d say mostly by so-called American “patriots” like Gore. Merry Christmas

American Interests said...

Debbie: Thanks Bebbie have since visited your great blog and extended same.

Faultlineusa: Welcome to AI. Hope to read your words here again...Merry Xmas!

WomanHonorThyself said...

yup still cold in NYC..brrrrrrrrr@ Gore!..heh

Tapline said...

Otto, Excellent post. I am in agreement with the majority of comments here. Especially the scientist that came out against the report on global warming. The tree huggers and the investors are ready to make money.....standby for a ram......stay well......

American Interests said...

brrrr@gore, that's funny...Angel...

tap: Glad you liked and thanx for coming by...

Chaar said...

Sounds too simple Otto.

What's the point with the deforestation pact anyway? Didn't get it.

About Climate Change being a vehicle for Anti-Americanism. I am skeptical about that and global warming because all of you (you guys in this blog and the global warming fearfuls) can't make up your minds about whether this environmental security threat really exists or not!!

Both of you, skeptics and non-skeptics kick up all this smoke to obscure us from the truth.

Scientists claim this.. and then you claim the scientists were biased and then they claim you claimed this.. and we have this vicious cycle of ignorance.. which further numbs our minds. Shame.

But this is the 1st most interesting claim ive heard; climate change as a vehicle for Anti-Americanism haha!

True or not? I don't know, but it's really fun! Bush is funny! All You guys are fun.

What i do know is the weather in Queensland is changing. And that the weather is beyond the control of people..(if we are responsible that is) lol

CHeers

Charles.