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Week One recap: There’s progress — and pressure to produce — as we await arrival of world’s leaders

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Week One at COP15 saw controversy, confusion, consensus (occasionally) and somewhere along the way, the word “Copenhagen” became the most searched term on Google.

If you doubted the world’s high interest in climate policies, doubt no longer. (And, Tiger Woods, you can whisper a small thank you.)

So what’s the current situation in the Bella Center?

It’s hard to say. The general sense that there’s “too much to cover” still hangs over the candid members of the press corps, and it’s going to take most of the weekend to sort out the conflicting reports flowing out of the various working groups and subcommittees.

Just before leaving, I was informed by my iPod (a very acceptable source of information at a venue with more 100 events taking place at any one time) that a powerful ad-hoc working group, the AWG-LCA, had rolled out the first semi-official draft language to emerge from the conference.

If you want specifics, however, keep waiting. (The initial document was reported to be six pages long when I read the first headlines. We’ll see how wrong the revisions make me by the time you read this.)

The early documents places all the important details in brackets, meaning the exact wording will be determined later, so you end up with something like this:

This may sound [adjective], but it’s actually [adjective].

One thing we know for certain: Any proposal, brackets or no, is an important benchmark because it means that something is going on in those impossible-to-follow back hallways.

These early drafts have more details to iron out, but the process is officially not stagnant. And with more than 100 world leaders arriving next week, there’s going to be a lot of pressure to produce something (anything!) for them to look at, react to and speak about.

And rest assured, their words will be Googled.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by david granneman on 12/12/2009 - 10:57 pm.

    hello all
    Listen to Lord Christopher Walter Monckton completely embarrass a Greenpeace activist in Copenhagen.

  2. Submitted by Glenn Mesaros on 12/13/2009 - 05:26 am.

    Residents of Colorado Springs, Colo., have a mystery on their hands: Who came up with the idea to erect a sign reading “Welcome to Obamaville” on the site of a homeless tent camp in the city?

    The sign, which was visible from the Cimarron Street ramp to Interstate 25, clearly conveyed a political jab at rising unemployment under President Barack Obama, for it read in full, “Welcome to Obamaville – Colorado’s fastest growing community.”

  3. Submitted by Glenn Mesaros on 12/13/2009 - 06:22 am.

    Speaking on the Alex Jones Show last Wednesday, Dec. 9, British Lord Christopher Monckton, who is in Copenhagen attending the UN climate summit, said that when he attempted to obtain a copy of the current draft of the negotiating text agreement, he was initially rebuffed before he threatened an international diplomatic incident unless the document was forthcoming. “I insisted, and it took about 10 minutes and they consulted each other with three or four of them arguing over it — none of them would produce the document…. I said I know this treaty exists because this is what the conference is all about,” said Monckton.

    Only after Monckton threatened repercussions was he handed the the current draft of the treaty, and the details it contained are perhaps a clue as to why the UN officials were so keen to keep it under wraps, the show reported. “Once again they are desperately trying to conceal from everybody here the magnitude of what they’re attempting to do — they really are attempting to set up a world government,” said Monckton, adding that the word “government” was no longer used, but the process of further centralization of power into global hands was clearly spelled out in the treaty.

    Monckton said that the new world government outlined in the treaty would be handed powers to, “tax the American economy to the extent of 2 percent GDP, to impose a further tax of 2 percent on every financial transaction … and to close down effectively the economies of the west, transfer your jobs to third world countries — all of that is still in the treaty draft.”

    As a leaked six-page document out of Copenhagen and reported on by the London Guardian revealed on Dec. 8, this massive new system of global taxation will be paid not to the UN, but directly into the coffers of the World Bank; and would make any money to help “poor countries adapt to climate change,” dependent on them taking a range of actions.

    Monckton illustrated the size of the new taxes being proposed, by noting they amounted to at least half of the entire U.S. defense budget. “This is how they are going to fund this vast new government they’re setting up,” said Monckton, adding that he counted around 700 new bureaucracies that would be created as a result of the treaty. Monckton outlined how the new taxes would be enforced, stating, “They’re going to auction allowances to emit greenhouse gases, and if you don’t buy an allowance to emit greenhouse gases, you won’t be allowed to emit them,” adding that the text contained a provision for a “uniform global levy of $2 dollars per ton of CO2 for all fossil fuel emissions,” as well as an additional tax on every commercial plane journey, except ones that go in or out of poorer countries.

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 12/15/2009 - 09:18 pm.

    The small fraction of scientists that are in the minority are very visible because media in general is fair and balanced. So it will always give both sides of the story. Even if the science has become unbalanced and more clear. So you will continue to hear both sides and as such, the public will continue be confused.

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