Copenhagen aftermath: Money left on the table, no signed treaty and zero innovation

Copenhagen aftermath: Money left on the table, no signed treaty and zero innovation

Summary: After returning home to their respective countries, global leaders carried on with agendas and political issues that require completion prior to the end of the year. The Copenhagen Accord is not one of them, nor does it require immediate attention until the next summit

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After returning home to their respective countries, global leaders carried on with agendas and political issues that require completion prior to the end of the year. The Copenhagen Accord is not one of them, nor does it require immediate attention until the next summit, which is to be held in Mexico.

Show me the Money

Billions were offered and nobody took up the offer. With that kind of money available to poorer countries, there was a potential lightning rod for much needed economic stimulus and they should have grabbed the opportunity. Instead they squandered it by asking for more and didn't know how to lobby other nations to support the proposal offered.  In some African countries that could prove to be their undoing. These countries missed a golden opportunity to catch up to developing countries like India with infusions of new stimulus. African leaders are going to have to work harder prior to the next summit or surely they will fall even further behind.

Sign here... why bother?

What came out of Copenhagen was an Accord that isn't even legally binding. As President Obama stated in his post conference press released when asked the question:

Q    Does it require signing, is it that kind of agreement?

     THE PRESIDENT:  You know, it raises an interesting question as to whether technically there's actually a signature -- since, as I said, it's not a legally binding agreement, I don't know what the protocols are.  But I do think that this is a commitment that we, as the United States, are making and that we think is very important.

Technology: nowhere to be found at Copenhagen

Innovation, technology and science were not at the forefront of the conference. In internal meetings held in Copenhagen, the talk was about accountability, time lines and give and take on how to get a document structured. But nowhere in any of the discussions or documents was what technology, science and research would make the Accord work. The document does refer that signatories to the Accord will continue to use the Kyoto Protocol framework. Nowhere in it, are technology solutions, only emissions tracking and scientific methods used.

The Kyoto Accord of 1992 was never ratified by the United States. As it turns out, it wouldn't have made any difference. Congress would have never passed it and most nations that did sign it blew passed the targets they set within the framework anyway. In the 18 years since Kyoto, no country has developed or found a solution to the greenhouse gas problem, unless you call putting trash underground a technological achievement (it isn't) and realistic (hasn't even been tested yet) and cost effective (capture, condense, transport and deposit) and ensure that it works (anybody got a gasket?) and is safe.  There is substantial opportunity for science to find solutions, question is; can they be found before another 18 years pass.

Topics: Emerging Tech, CXO

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  • That's because their motive was greed

    This was always purely a money grab for them. They care not one wit about the environment, nor would they have used one cent of the money towards it. They'll be back in Mexico, this time organized and prepared to grab as much as possible. It's up to us to be smarter and not be offering any. Any money ever raised here for envoronmental betterment should be spent here and not as subsidies to junk technology like ethanol or wind turbines but real green tech that stands on its own merits.
    Johnny Vegas
  • no signed treaty and zero innovation

    That's because the attendees recognize that our impact on global climate change is negligible.
    The true business of the conference was obtaining the transfer of wealth from the rich nations to the poor nations. That's why the poor nations kept asking for more money and were unwilling to compromise. It's not about the climate it's all about the money.
    T-Rexx
  • Dismantle the IPCC, and maybe the UN. Also go after the Green Nazis

    The whole Copenhagen nonsense is like from a bad conspiracy movie. Create a pretext for world government, and scare everyone into opting for it. We are supposed to believe computer climate models which are nothing more than glorified video games? We are supposed to put stock in tools that have no history of predicting climate reliably? It is so ridiculous! When you read up about climate models, it is so obvious that many were created specifically to prove that modern day man made pollutants (and by extension - industrialization) are bad. That is essentially what many (if not all) of them try to do! Why are we paying attention to these clowns? And when they realize that they can't actually prove AGW, they start fudging their numbers and pretending that it is real. Also these guys are everywhere. They are in the IPCC, EPA, NASA, the Met office, etc.

    These guys are threatening the US sovereignty under trumped up charges that our way of life threatens humanity. The US government should shut down the IPCC (and maybe the UN), and systematically go after these green Nazis that are controlling so many US agencies. I'm sick and tired of these guys telling me what I should do and what I shouldn't do, according to the precepts of their silly religion. If these guys want to live in huts without electricity, and contend with diseases and all the problems they are protected from by modern society, I say let them. But stop goading me to do what you guys want to do.

    As for developing and Third World nations, allow these guys to develop their economies in peace, and enjoy a little prosperity. Why are you paying them off not to do so?
    P. Douglas
  • Thankfully. One more thing to be thankful for this year

    Fortunately we signed nothing. I am a big proponent of and like the idea of being an American. We have our own governement and to sign that treaty at the very least would do away with our national sovereigty. Let alone the fact the we are supposed ot pay for everyone else's issues and China would be exempt. The whole summit was garbage. If they decide to have another one hopefully it will be based on scientific fact.
    macdonalds
  • that's Chicago style politics

    No substance, just talk and taxes.
    Linux Geek
  • NOBODY takes Messiah seriously

    Good public speaking skills, the right skin color, and that's about it.

    Everyone knows that, however promising his term began, the man is now an empty suit, with strong negative polling here at home. It is now obvious that having "community organizing" skills doesn't get you much, except maybe a Marxist "us versus the evil Capitalists" mentality.
    Dorkyman
  • RE: Copenhagen aftermath: Money left on the table, no signed treaty and zero innovation

    Much ado about nothing comes to mind when I think of Copenhagen and / or kyoto. Blech!
    twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • Economy is the dumpster

    no jobs, losing jobs, jobs going overseas

    This is really helping....
    nobama_2012
  • Doug Hanchard needs to keep up with the news...

    Google Climategate. Also Google the information of the Danish text version of the treaty that got leaked during the second day of the meet. The information posted in this article is no longer valid. Not surprising though considering the MSM has done a lousy job reporting this scandal.
    gvtooker@...