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The Copenhagen Catastrophe

Posted by msrb on December 22, 2009

How would you know it was a disaster?

The simple answer: watch their lips!

First the three Wise Monkeys packaged as one:

The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: “Finally we sealed a deal … The ‘Copenhagen Accord’ may not be everything everyone had hoped for, but this … is an important beginning.”

Yes Mr Secretary General, it’s the beginning of the end.

Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat: “This basically is a letter of intent … the ingredients of an architecture that can respond to the long-term challenge of climate change, but not in precise legal terms. That means we have a lot of work to do on the long road to Mexico.”

Ohhh yesss, thank you kindly Mr Climate Change Secretariat. Could you send a certified copy of your ‘letter of intent’ to nature for her approval. She is involved in all this, you know!

South African negotiators called the outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks “disappointing” and “unacceptable.”

Buyelwa Sonjica, South African minister of environmental affairs: “Not acceptable, it is definitely not acceptable.”

“In Copenhagen, parties were still too far apart, and too involved with process rather than substance, to reach a formal negotiating process,” Sonjica said, criticising “some ill-restrained interventions” and poor decisions by the Danish organizers.

South Africa’s chief negotiator Alf Wills:

The Danish hosts “destroyed the trust” of delegates by introducing an unacceptable  draft text.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “The decision has been very difficult for me. We have done one step, we have hoped for several more.”

You mean personally? Does the hemorrhoid bother you so much? Perhaps, you ought to take it easy for a while and abstain from taking so many steps. Try to rest for a while.

Sarkozy of Israel: “We have an agreement ,,, The text we have is not perfect.”

Nothing of yours is, or will ever be, Mr Sarko-zy.

Brazil’s climate change ambassador, Sergio Serra: “We have a big job ahead to avoid climate change through effective emissions reduction targets, and this was not done here.”

Obama, the man from the White House:  “For the first time in history, all of the world’s major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action on the threat of climate change.”

Sound bite number?

China’s premier, Wen Jiabao: ” [my government has played an] important and constructive [role in Copenhagen negotiations.]”

Is that so?

Antonio Hill, Oxfam’s climate change adviser: “The Copenhagen accord is hugely disappointing but it also reveals how the traditional approach to international negotiations, based on brinkmanship and national self-interest, is both unfit for pursuing our common destiny and downright dangerous.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a global ambassador for the charity: “The failure of the political process in Copenhagen to achieve a fair, adequate and binding deal on climate change is profoundly distressing. A higher purpose was at stake but our political leaders have proven themselves unable to rise to the challenge. We must look to the future. Our leaders must regroup, learn and make good their failure for the sake of humanity’s future.”

Gordon Brown said: “The talks in Copenhagen were not easy and as they reached conclusion I did fear the process would collapse and we would have no deal at all … We must learn lessons from Copenhagen and the tough negotiations that took place. Never again should we face the deadlock that threatened to pull down these talks. Never again should we let a global deal to move towards a greener future be held to ransom by only a handful of countries.”

“One of the frustrations for me was the lack of a global body with the sole responsibility for environmental stewardship. I believe that in 2010 we will need to look at reforming our international institutions to meet the common challenges we face as an international community.” Brown added.

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G20 Protests

Posted by msrb on March 29, 2009

Who are you kidding Mr …?

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across Europe Saturday to “demand jobs, economic justice and environmental accountability.”

US Vice-President Joe Biden to G20 protesters: Give governments a chance to solve the economic crisis.

What people said:

US VP Mr Biden, nearly reduced to begging, hoped the protesters would give the politicians a chance. “Hopefully we can make it clear to them that we’re going to walk away from this G20 meeting with some concrete proposals,” he said.


Billionaire George Soros, who should be held in prison incommunicado for the rest of his life, told the BBC the G20 meeting was “make or break” for the world economy.

“Unless they do something for developing world there will be serious collapse in that part of the world,” he added.

Gee, thanks Mr Sores, without your contribution it would have been much harder to get here.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of London ahead of the G20 summit. Image AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

British PM Golden Brown amazed everyone when he said said he understood why people were demonstrating in the UK [presumably instead of demonstrating on Mars.]

“We will respond to it at the G20 with measures that will help create jobs, stimulate business and get the economy moving,” he said.

Brazil’s President Lula told the G20 meeting in Chile that everyone was suffering because of  the reckless few who had turned the world economy into “a gigantic casino”.

“We are rejecting blind faith in the markets,” he added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked for continued dialog among G20 members, saying one meeting was simply insufficient to resolve “the economic crisis and finish building a new structure for global markets.”

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the summit host, said the leaders had agreed to fight protectionism.

“We agreed on putting people first, to avoid the economic recession turning into a social recession,” she said.

Meanwhile, thousands of people marched through European cities Saturday to “demand jobs, economic justice and environmental accountability.”

In Berlin, thousands of protesters demonstrated in the streets on Saturday carrying banners that said: “We won’t pay for your crisis.”

In Frankfurt at least 20,000 people took to the streets to protest the banking crisis .

In Paris hundreds of demonstrators dumped a large pile of sand outside the stock exchange to protest off-shore tax havens.

In Rome, thousands of protesters made their voices heard.

London police said about 35,000 protesters took part in the march.

Bloomberg, unsurprisingly, downgraded the police estimate  to 12,000 marchers.

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