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December 18, 2009

Smart Diplomacy(TM) Copenhagen Edition: Obama Insults China*

Cause pissing off the guy underwriting your idiotic spending plans is teh Smartz!

Mr Obama met Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Prime Minister, tonight in attempt to repair relations after Mr Wen had taken offence at his insistence on the need for reliable monitoring of every country’s emissions.

In his speech Mr Obama said: “Without any accountability, any agreement would be empty words on a page.”

Mr Wen apparently interpreted this as an attempt to subject China to external scrutiny, despite Mr Obama’s insistence that the monitoring system would respect national sovereignty.

This is where it gets confusing. Obama is right, if you are going to do this, you have to be able to monitor it. Thing is, I don't want to see this treaty happen. Call me crazy but I like living in the modern world and that means emitting carbon, lots of it, which is fine by me.

So, I think Obama is an idiot for insulting the Chinese but I'm glad he's that stupid because the Bizarro World in which we now live, the Chinese are right and I hope they kill the damn thing.

Meanwhile, it looks like the deals have fallen through and they are giving up on a binding treaty but likely to issue a statement calling for even crazier shit than they could pass now.

With time running out to forge a comprehensive climate agreement, negotiators at the U.N.-sponsored talks are considering a new draft agreement that would not require a binding treaty by 2010 but would lay the groundwork for a more ambitious target in limiting the rise of temperatures around the globe.

...Many environmentalists, as well as leaders from both Europe and the developing world, have said they are disappointed there will not be a legally binding treaty finished here in Copenhagen. To delay it until 2012, as the new drafts states, could cause a major outcry from some groups.

The proposal, a political statement labeled "the Copenhagen Accord," also lacks the kind of independent verification of emission reductions by developing countries than the United States and others are insisting on. It calls upon the world's nations to collectively reduce their emissions 80 percent by 2050.

These people really are insane. They can't get enough people to commit economic suicide this year so their plan is to demand even more stringent targets in the future. If people are going to walk the comparatively easier plank now, who in the world thinks they will agree to a worse deal in a few years?

I give the enviro-socialist a gentleman's B+ for their logic.

*Something went screwy with the blog software and it ate the original version of this post. The original comments are here (for now) if you are interested.


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