Copenhagen in December: The Decline of the West – And Money July 27, 2009Posted by honestclimate in Discussions.
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Copenhagen in December: The Decline of the West – And Money
Jennifer Marohasy, July 26, 2009
IT is generally recognized that the west is in decline and that China will emerge as a superpower some time later this century.
It is also generally recognised that it is the west that has spear-headed the campaign against the so-called climate crisis. And the west is desperate to get the rest of the world to a United Nations meeting in Copenhagen in December to discuss solutions to this issue.
The UN’s top climate negotiator, a Dutchman Yvo De Boer, has already said the west will have to put $10 billion on the table to get the developing world – read China and India – to agree to anything at Copenhagen.
He doesn’t sound like much of a negotiator to me: More likely a bleeding-heart who can’t see that those in power in so-called developing countries like China and India are probably laughing behind closed doors. Indeed their GDP is already very large and growing relative to countries like Holland.
All the west really has on its side for this upcoming meeting in Copenhagen is its own smug, misguided sense of morality based on environmentalism.
Indians appears to better understand the science and the politics – at least better than Holland and Australia.
Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian and chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has explained, “You cannot, in a democracy, ignore some of these realities and as it happens with the resources of coal that India has we really don’t have any choice but to use coal in the immediate short term.
Jairam Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, recent accused the developed world of needlessly raising alarm over melting Himalayan glaciers.
The west will of course continue to obsess over environmentalism and its tax payers continue to finance planned investments in renewable energy in countries like India and China that will continue to build coal power fire stations.
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