Cancun summit no solution to global warming

So says Jeff Rubin of Canada’s Globe and Mail. He’s right, it wasn’t. Rubin starts his piece by telling readers:

There are basically two ways to cut carbon emissions, and neither one of them involves global climate change summits like the one just held in Cancun, Mexico. The way I see it, you can either price carbon, or you can restrict growth.

Then ends his piece saying:

If the world is serious about tackling global climate change, we need to put a meaningful price ($50 to $60 U.S. per tonne) on carbon emissions now. If we don’t, our next choice is to forego economic growth.

One would have thought by now the scales would have fallen from Rubin’s eyes. But he is a true believer and so remains doggedly ignorant and uncomprehending of the real reason for the Cancun jamboree. Money.

Cancun, or COP16 as it was known, like COP15 at Copenhagen and other expensive and lengthy conferences before them, was not about ‘tackling global climate change’ or fighting the supposed evils of carbon dioxide. It was about agreeing the framework and the figures for redistributing money from industrialised nations to developing nations, so it can be spent on the technologies and solutions corporations are promoting that will reduce CO2 emissions by a tiny amount and, hey presto, combat climate change!

That is the reason why Cancun was no solution to global warming. No solution is actually necessary because man cannot stop a natural, cyclical phenomenon. Man can merely pretend he is the cause of changes to the climate and use it as an opportunity to cash in. Perhaps Rubin would understand more clearly if he followed the money.

2 Responses to “Cancun summit no solution to global warming”

  1. 1 Derek Reynolds 15/12/2010 at 1:15 pm

    What else was in Cancun?

    There were the residents:

    And there was the fraud:

    Fuel poverty is their life, not just for one week.

  1. 1 Cancun summit no solution to global warming « Autonomous Mind | Pro Earth Forsyth Trackback on 15/12/2010 at 1:05 pm
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