President Barack Obama traveled to Copenhagen for a photo op at the UN Climate Change Conference. While Obama hopes to make some kind of agreement in Copenhagen, he might do well to escape with what if left of his political popularity intact.
Myron Ebell, writing for Fox News, describes the growing chaos that is taking place in Copenhagen and the battles between various factions that promise to make the entire UN Climate Change Conference an expensive joke. Apparently thirty thousand people were invited to a hall that can only contain fifteen thousand.
The UN establishment is at loggerheads with the environmental establishment. Poor countries are mad at the rich countries. Climate change believers are angry at climate change skeptics. Meanwhile, street battles are taking place outside the hall, always a bad thing to happen in places where world leaders propose to be.
The most surreal moment at the Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference took place when Hugo Chavez, the dictator of Venezuela, denounced capitalism itself to thunderous applauds in the hall. The speech and the reaction suggests that the real agenda at Copenhagen is not so much environmental, but political, an attempt to use global warming hysteria to fleece the capitalist countries in order to enrich third world dictators such as Chavez.
Chavez was followed by the mass murderer dictator of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who also had nothing nice to say about capitalism.
The spectacle of thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, activists, and general malcontents descending on Copenhagen, belching thousands of tons of pollution from their private jets and limos, while telling the rest of us that we must give up our air conditioners and SUVs for the good of the planet has proven unedifying. The presence of Al Gore, the poet laureate of global warming, has also not been helpful.
The elephant in the room, which no one wants to talk about in Copenhagen, is the climate-gate scandal that seems to suggest that the whole global warming crisis is not so much a product of actual science than the desire of certain scientists for fame, political influence, and grant money. The reaction of climate change believers is to sort of dismiss the whole thing, sort of like Nixon trying to dismiss the Watergate tapes.
President Obama would have been well served to have taken the advice of Sarah Palin and stayed far away from Copenhagen. But Obama seems to be drawn to dangerous situations like the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, like a lemming, no quite understanding his peril. No good can come of Obama going to Copenhagen, just as no good has come out of the conference itself.
Sources: The Crackup in Copenhagen, Myron Ebell, Fox News, December 17th, 2009
Putting our economy in the hands of Chavez fans, Andrew Bolt, Herald-Sun, December 17th, 2009
The Great Climate Change Hoax’s Coming Demise, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, November 24th, 2009
Al Gore, Poet Laureate of Global Warming, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, December 17th, 2009