Thursday, December 03, 2009

Give Us $14 TRILLION, Or the Planet Gets It!

Anyone who still argues that this is about saving the planet from any of a number of batted-around apocalyptic doomsday scenarios is either dumber that a bag of kindling, or is getting a cut of the action.

Either way, for the betterment of society they should be kept locked away somewhere to avoid any accidental contact with our children.

Upfront money needed to ease UN climate deal

Money on the table — perhaps $10 billion a year or more — could help close a deal in Denmark next month and keep climate talks moving toward a new global treaty in 2010. But if poorer nations see too little offered up front, the U.N. conference could end in discord.

The money would help developing countries cope with ocean flooding, drought and other effects of climate change, while also helping them cut down on emissions of global-warming gases. The funds might eventually come from new sources, such as a tax on airline flights, but negotiators for now are seeking quicker infusions.

"Rich countries must put at least $10 billion a year on the table to kick-start immediate action up to 2012," the U.N. climate chief, Yvo de Boer, told reporters last week in a preview of the two-week conference opening next Monday in Copenhagen.

And, of course, that $10 billion is just the down payment. Check out the installment plan these shakedown racketeers have in mind.

The World Bank estimates adaptation costs alone will total $75 billion to $100 billion a year over the next 40 years. The cost of mitigation — reducing carbon emissions in poorer nations — will add tens of billions to that. China and other developing countries say the target should be even higher, in the range of $350 billion.

De Boer's $10 billion a year to 2012 is barely a start. But "kick-start finance is so important because such finance will allow developing countries to plan," he told The Associated Press.

Hey, what's $14 trillion between comrades?

And, with the predictability of the sunrise, they're ratcheting up the fear mongering with (surprise, surprise!) no mention whatsoever of the CRU e-mails that threaten to derail their efforts to turn us into a third world planet.

The needs are becoming increasingly clear.

Well, one thing is becoming increasingly clear, that's for sure.

An international scientific update last week said changes are happening faster than anticipated. Global temperatures are rising by 0.19 degrees C (0.34 degrees F) per decade, pushing the world into a time of climate disruption, species die-off and expanding seas. Oceans are rising by 3.4 millimeters (0.13 inches) per year, faster than predicted.

"It threatens to submerge the Maldives. My country would not survive," Mohamed Nasheed, president of that low-lying Indian Ocean island nation, told a conference of vulnerable nations earlier this month.

If anything should be causing the sea level to rise, it's the volume of water displaced by the weighted down bodies of these criminals.