Why Copenhagen Must Not Pass
Take a look at this photgraph. Study it for a second. Do you see power lines? Transformers? Pedestals? Step downs? Transmission lines?
No, you dont. But youre going to pay to put them in. And theyll all be green, green, green. Thats right. We are going to take this Nigerian slum from what is effectively the 16th Century all the way up to the 21st Century with a distributed grid supply system all powered by solar, wind, and geothermal. And were going to do it all over Nigeria, and all over Africa, and all over South America, and Asia, too.
The entire world will humming with Star Trek-like powermore than anyone will needbecause the one thing keeping all these people in crushing poverty is the lack of clean power. If they could get their hands on a little bit of money, they could lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
Or so thinks the United Nations. As part of the Copenhagen treaty (which succeeds the Kyoto Protocol), billions of American, Canadian, and Australian dollars, along with billions of Euros and Pounds, will rounded up and sent to the United Nations; they in turn, will give it to local governments of the poorest countries so that all these post-atomic green power transmissions systems will be built. This is part of the climate debt fantasy described below. You see, we owe it to them, apparently.
You may remember similar attempts to distribute Western wealth to Africa. Pretty much all of it went straight into the pockets of the dictators who ran the poorest countries, leaving food and medical supplies to spoil on the docks. A lot of it wound up in the hands of terrorists.
Forgive an old Czar for doubting the effectiveness of dictators to distribute wealth in their own countries. Oddly, there are some success storiesAmerican Idol raised a crapload of money for children, which actually wound up in the hands of the people who needed it. Differences? First, these were charitable donations run by people who knew how to get the money flowing, not semi-corrupt quasi-government bodies like the UN. Second, and perhaps most telling, the money only went to countries that are freely democratic. In turn, these are the countries who tend to need the money the least. Let us say it again: the countries with most staggering need for investment are run by dictators who are least likely to distribute the money.
The countries with most staggering need for investment are run by dictators who are least likely to distribute the money. This is an elaborate domino-setup for disaster. We tried something like that here in the US: billions of taxpaery dollars were collected to stimulate the businesses of America. To date, little of the money can be accounted for, and some of it has wound up overseas. And this is the ultra-transparent Obama adminstration; how could the UN hope to improve upon that?
They cannot. In fact, you can pretty much count on billions of your dollars going away for good. Wealthy dictators and corrupt aristocracy will collect and keep the money, and while a handful of red iron frames will be built here and there, and even concrete poured for a geothermal facility, nothing more will happen.
Now, the entirely dismal Ban-Ki Mun is stating that power distribution is not enough: Americans and other Western powers must eradicate world hunger. SG Mun seems to think that the only real shortage in the world is American money. WIth enough of your money, he can wipe out poverty and hunger in one strike.
What Mun fails to admit is that the poverty and hunger is caused not by American wealth or American greed or American coal-fired plants: the culprit remains non-democratic, non-Western dictatorships who live off the largesse of the UN at the expense of their people. Getting rid of them in favor of Western democracies would be the fastest way to wipe out hunger and starvation; but the UN is very, very frightened of these bad guys.
Mun does not seriously believe that a 9-volt battery and a bag of Chex Mix is all the world needs. In fact, Mun knows perfectly well who is to blame here. However, he mistakenly believes that if we hand a monster like Robert Mugabe enough money, hell magically realize that things are truly better for everybody if he shares. Mugabe, in this fantasy, will admit that being a demon rapist is a bad thing, and that he will be good from now on.
So there it is. Mun wants you to pay the schoolyard bullies so much money that they turn into nice guys…they might even bring clean power and water to their non-hungry people. Ask any schoolkid whether that recipe bakes up anything tasty.
More probably, if the UN did the right thing and deposed these dictators, the angry, bitter thugs would spill all they knew about bribes, scandals, illegal deals, and more involving the UN over the decades. And then who would be the bad guy?
Copenhagen is a disaster of a concept based on incredibly bad logic and little realistic sense of how evil works in the world. And that makes it nearly as evil.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.