Final talks ended in Bonn last night, on the draft statement for the Paris global warming event in December, the COP21 (the 21st Conference of the Parties), starting on Nov. 29. At the beginning of this week, a draft text, 20 pages long, was presented, and roundly denounced, along with the process behind it, as “apartheid” for the developing world, by South African diplomat Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko on behalf of the G77 plus China, of which South Africa is currently the chair. Following this, she and other leaders came under attack in Bonn. They were blamed for holding things up, demanding an unwieldy, long text, and so on. However, the Group of 77 plus China bucked the attempts to corral them into compliance with the conference controllers. Now the latest version of the draft text is over 60 pages, after having various lip-service clauses added in. Whatever got included in the latest version—e.g., a hint of aid funds to poor countries to go green—the text, its premises, and originators, are all evil. It is possible that there will be many votes tonight to reject it.
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One last-ditch session is planned in early November, to try to bull through a shorter draft.
Yesterday a new report demanding “low-carbon transformation” of the whole world energy system was issued by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the outfit led by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the green genocidalist, who co-authored the encyclical, Laudato Si’. The crazed PIK document, “Beyond the Numbers: Understanding the Transformation Induced by INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution),” purports to review how well the national emission-reduction plans of 150 nations will collectively keep the Earth’s temperature down, relative to the goal of not exceeding 2 degrees Celsius by 2050. For example, it evaluates Obama’s U.S. Clean Power Plan, and China’s program, announced June 30.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, Schellnhuber’s cohort on the Encyclical, will visit California in November. Head of Justicia et Pax, Turkson’s specialty is eco-justice, a British royalist “issue” designed for pushing measures to wipe out people. He will keynote a conference at Santa Clara University Nov. 3-4, titled, “Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis.”