Another United Nations Climate Change Conference has come and gone. This year’s Cancun Climate Conference didn’t look to be a repeat of the disaster that was Copenhagen. For one thing, the UN chose the sunny, party beach capital of Mexico over the stately, old-world (and, oh yeah, cold) city of Copenhagen.
The attitude at the conference was different too. Where the delegates arrived at Copenhagen with dreams of sweeping change – dreams which, for the most part, turned into shattered illusions – they descended on Cancun with smaller expectations in mind. And yet, even with what seemed like less at stake, the UN delegations reached the end of the conference with no deal, which of course was a dire prospect going into the conference.
At stake was not just the success or failure of this conference, the 16th annual meeting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Many delegates and analysts warned that failure to reach some sort of accord, even a modest, face-saving deal that pushes the tough questions off into the future, could doom the entire process.
It’s quite remarkable how predictable the radical environmentalists are. With their commitments to specious science, overdramatic predictions of disaster, all-or-nothing demands, and outright socialism (or at the very least, anti-capitalism), it stands to reason that they would fail to achieve any sort of consensus. Yet we can watch with an attitude bordering on cynicism as they lament the fact that they weren’t able to change the world yet again this year.
One expert summarized the Cancun Climate Conference better than I ever could:
Cancun “isn’t about climate change,” says Calvin Beisner, of the Cornwall Alliance for Stewardship of Creation, a national coalition of religious leaders, scientists and economists. “It’s about redistributing the world’s wealth and taking further steps toward global governance … its aims are both unjust and dangerous.”
Here are eight observations I’ve made studying the goings-on in Cancun. I’ve tried to write about them with the expected amount of snark, but I can’t help but believe that all of us can shake our heads in disgust at the rhetoric, the actions, and the sheer audacity of the ecological radicals that gathered in Cancun this year. Here we go… and we’ll start this list off with the UN’s lack of esteemed, credible spokesmen. At least, as long as you don’t count dictators.