It’s an “unprecedented breakthrough,” President Barack Obama said of a global warming agreement that commits no nation to anything or even to a time when commitments must be made. With more breakthroughs like that, we can all start breathing more easily, hoping that our lives won’t be ruined by climate change fanaticism after all.
The agreement does pretty much nothing. Some nations are going to go ahead and set their own goals on emissions controls, and these will be internationally “codified,” according to reports, which is to say … well, you tell me. I think what we have here is ducking and dodging amid lots of bold, brave buncombe.
What’s most certain about warming is that some of the most ballyhooed emissions-control solutions could easily do trillions of dollars more harm than warming itself.
Seriously undertaken, anti-warming measures could condemn developed nations to sluggish economies for generations and undeveloped countries to lasting poverty.
Leaders of developed countries nevertheless are trying to woo undeveloped countries with promises of massive transfusions of cash — hundreds of billions to better help them endure the misery while hoping their own constituents don’t catch on.
The actual consequence would be a worse standard of living, and Americans will quickly catch on to that if Congress passes a cap-and-trade bill or the Environmental Protection Agency goes around finding ways to reduce the energy needed to run our industry.
To me, nothing better summed up the Copenhagen craziness than two events. One of them was a speech by the world’s foremost political clown: the despotic, lying Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela’s Chavez, who has destroyed freedom and prosperity for his own nation and its poor, stood up and denounced capitalism. He expressed the true agenda of many who attended this conference, ostensibly about the environment.
Another illuminating moment came when former Vice President Al Gore raced down a hallway while reporters pursued him, asking him how he happened to misquote a study on melting ice in the Arctic.
That’s Gore and much of this movement, for you: First he hits with mistakes — like the nine major ones in his Academy Award-winning movie on warming — and then he runs, though never quite fast enough to outrace the truth.
The ultimate answer to warming — if more settled science bears out some present worries — is new technology, not the drastic emissions controls that would be the equivalent of 18th-century bloodletting by misguided, patient-killing physicians.
Examiner columnist Jay Ambrose is a former Washington opinion writer and editor of two dailies. He can be reached at Speaktojay@aol.com.