After two weeks of intense negotiations, by thousands of delegates from around the world, on Saturday evening an agreement was reached. Bjorn Lomborg (Director of the Copenhagen Consensus think tank) describes it as “The costliest treaty in history, solves almost nothing.”
The majority of NGOs are cockahoop of course, as they are the only big winners. Their campaigns are now turbocharged by this document. Expect a protest at a petrol station near you. The ideologues are beside themselves.
Christians Figueres: “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.”
However the likes of George Monbiot and James Hansen have pooh poohed the conference. They do have a point, an agreement that is voluntary in the sections that matter and binding in the areas that don’t could be considered meaningless. One of the hold ups towards the end, was America’s insistence that a [shall] must be a [should], the former enforceable, the latter not.
The U.K. PrimeMinister wrote “..means that the whole world has signed to play its part in halting climate change.” @don_don666 pointed out the stupidity of the statement ” Hope it’s not raining the day the climate stops changing.”I won’t bother with President Obama’s reaction.
Twitter, as always, has supplied one or two quotes and observations.
If your interested, here is the text. Enjoy.