The Copenhagen conference was supposed to result in an expansion of the Kyoto Protocol. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pressed for over $100 billion a year in wealth transfers from the First World to the Third World (some estimates pushed as high as $1 trillion by 2020) and Ban went so far as to lobby members of the U.S. Senate to pressure them to support “cap and trade” to help fund such transfers. Meanwhile, conference planners such as Michael Zammit Cutajar maintained that a 200 page Copenhagen accord would be so long “no one will read the whole thing” and that it was necessary that “the big political bosses ... tell their guys ‘start moving’”. The media was flooded with “end of the world” stories of environmental doom; Google even released a version of Google Earth showing the predicted devastation.
The President of the United States was clearly “on board” with the projected conference; his “Climate Czar” at the State Department, Todd Stern, was already on record as personally advocating the creation of an E8 — the environmental equivalent of the G8 — to serve as a global “board of directors” for the environment. In the weeks leading up to the conference, President Obama went so far as to simply commit the nation to massive subsidies for “green power” development in India — without any authorization from Congress, of course. And then there was the absurd, illogical, and probably illegal move by the EPA to simply declare carbon dioxide a pollutant.
With many within the American and International political and media elites pushing the Copenhagen agenda, playing fast and loose with environmental data and models which critics maintained were dubious — at best — the “fix was in” for Denmark.
And then the Climategate scandal laid an axe to the root of the theory which was the ideological support for the entire conference.
Critics (e.g. Dr. Alan Carlin of the EPA) of the theory of anthropogenic climate change had been questioning the ‘science’ of global warming for years. But with the release of internal documents from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, followed by reports from New Zealand and Russia which also raised fundamental questions have the “science” of manmade global warming, the entire theory was fundamentally undermined in the minds of the public in a way it had not been for years.
And then the Internationalists discovered that not everyone was a prepared to be as pliable and ‘environmentally-correct’ as America and the European Union. The totalitarian regime in China wasn’t all that interested in having outsiders monitor its compliance with an environmental treaty (surprise, surprise), and the poor nations which had been promised big payoffs in Copenhagen were outraged when suddenly they realized they would be expected to eventually conform to the environmental restrictions of a treaty, too, and that all the talk about “global democracy” might mean “shut up and sign the treaty we’ve already written.”
The end result? Well, lots of money was spent, and countless tons of carbon dioxide were discharged into the atmosphere by the delegates, media and other ‘interested parties’ from 192 nations all descending on Copenhagen. There was a lot of highly entertaining staged street theater. And, of course, there was the usual “Gore Effect” snow fall.
Oh, and there was the non-binding “Copenhagen Accord.”
For the moment, it certainly looks as if the conference ended in the best way it could, from the standpoint of human freedom and economic prosperity. There was no possibility that the bureaucrats would return home without “doing something” and thus far the ‘target free’ accord was about the most minimal step imaginable.
Now it’s time to keep up the pressure.
The “Climategate” scandal was obscured by the absurd amount of attention lavished on Tiger Woods and the Salahis. No doubt the forces behind the Copenhagen Conference are hoping the scandal will just “go away” if the public can be distracted by other matters.
Given the federal funding which has gone for “climate” research, and that which has been proposed to supposedly mitigate the effects of global warming, Congress needs to investigate the matter thoroughly with open hearings. Also, given the President’s inclination for rule by decree, there will be an on-going need to monitor the fate of Mr. Obama’s plans to ship American tax dollars to India and who-knows-where-else.
And the Internationalists certainly aren't going to simply give up and go away.
According to the official conference website, the Copenhagen Accord is part of building a “new world climate order.”
The rich-poor disputes in Copenhagen that dominated the two-week climate conference and almost blocked any deal at all have almost disappeared after the summit.
"This breakthrough lays the foundation for international action in the years to come," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
"Copenhagen is a first step toward a new world climate order, nothing more but also nothing less. Those who are only putting Copenhagen down are helping those who want to blockade rather than move forward," the chancellor added.
One brief observation: For as much as some folks make a habit of mocking “conspiracy theorists” for talking about a “new world order,” it is interesting to note just how much of the talk about a “new world order” comes out of the mouths of the people who are trying to bring it about. When the German Chancellor tells a leading German newspaper “Copenhagen is a first step toward a new world climate order” and the official Copenhagen conference website runs the quote, who’s to blame for talk about a “new world order”?
Rt. Rev. James Heiser has served as Pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Malone, Texas, while maintaining his responsibilities as publisher of Repristination Press, which he established in 1993 to publish academic and popular theological books to serve the Lutheran Church. Heiser has also served since 2005 as the Dean of Missions for The Augustana Ministerium and in 2006 was called to serve as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America (ELDoNA). An advocate of manned space exploration, Heiser serves on the Steering Committee of the Mars Society. His publications include two books; The Office of the Ministry in N. Hunnius' Epitome Credendorum (1996) and A Shining City on a Higher Hill: Christianity and the Next New World (2006), as well as dozens of journal articles and book reviews.