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Limping to Paris
Delegates Scramble to Pare Down “Bewildering” Climate Text

Negotiators have again descended on Bonn, Germany to kick off what looks to be an increasingly desperate scramble to pare down the bloated draft text delegates will be using at December’s climate summit in Paris. Things got off to a rough start, though, with UN climate chief Christiana Figueres telling those assembled that a scheduled meeting next month and the final summit itself had both yet to be paid for. “We don’t have the funding for participation for the October session or the [Paris summit]”, she said.

That’s hardly an encouraging opening announcement, considering that funding is one of the core stumbling blocks for the Global Climate Treaty. The two meetings are just a shade over one million euros short, a pittance compared to the whopping $100 billion annual fund that the developed world promised to pay into in order to help the developing world deal with the effects of climate change. So far the rich countries have only contributed just over $10 billion into that fund, a failure that you can be sure the developing world will bring up time and time again in Paris.

In that light, failing also to secure full funding for talks that are now just weeks away is more than just a PR embarrassment for the UN—it’s a warning sign for the world’s already wary industrializing nations. In Bonn, Peruvian delegate Antonio Garcia stressed the need to keep the “broader picture” in mind during negotiations, warning that green goals must be brought “in line with sustainable development and poverty eradication.” That’s a widely-felt sentiment, especially in the world’s poorer countries, which worry that emissions reductions measures might depress economic growth.

Kicking off this latest five-day session of talks, France’s ambassador to the UN climate process tried to strike an upbeat note, wishing “good luck to us all for this final marathon before December 11.” The word was in fact well chosen; with fewer than 10 days left to whittle down a document that’s been described as “bewildering”, negotiators seem to need all the luck they can get. We’ll be watching.

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  • Suzyqpie

    The Climate Change Festival is in Paris this year. The reservations are made. The caterers are lined up. Entertainment acts are
    booked. Various local sightseeing tours are available at the concierge desk. It being Paris, fashion houses will be having fashion parades for the party participants.
    No one will be paying their own expenses. Apply for a grant and join the fun. It’s a gravy train. Hop aboard, Choo! Choo!

  • Rick Johnson

    How funny is that. Not even the UN’s Green bureaucracy is taking the Great Green Global Warming Scam seriously anymore.
    Is TAI the only organisation that cares about iti anymore? How embarrassing. 🙂

  • Andrew Allison

    We’re busy doin’ nothin’
    Workin’ the whole day through
    Tryin’ to find lots of things not to do
    We’re busy goin’ nowhere
    Isn’t it just a crime
    We’d like to be unhappy, but
    We never do have the time

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “”Bewildering” Climate Text”

    Of course it’s “Bewildering”, all of the warmists have gone way past the point where they could Dazzle us with their Brilliance, and have now descended to attempting to Baffle us with BS. “If you can’t Dazzle them with Brilliance, Baffle them with BS.”

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