Environmentalists can't save Kyoto: Without Russia, the global deal is dead and green lobbyists have to accept it
Friday 5 December 2003, p. A16
The Kyoto accord is dead, accept it.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin's most trusted economic adviser announced that Russia would not ratify the global emissions deal.
Russian ratification is essential if the deal is to become enforceable. The 1997 treaty requires at least 55 countries responsible for at least 55 per cent of the world's greenhouse emissions to adopt the scheme before it acquires the force of law.
To date, 119 countries have ratified. But, the United States with its 36 per cent withdrew in 2001. Now that Russia, with its 17 per cent, is also out, no combination of the other signatories can push Kyoto over the 55 per cent threshold. Together, the most emissions all the other participating nations can represent is 47 per cent.
It was amusing, though, watching Kyoto's Canadian defenders running around Wednesday claiming that Russia's "nyet" did not mean no.
Russia is holding parliamentary elections next week and presidential elections next April, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club insisted. After that, just watch, Russia will ratify. Besides, the radical environmentalists contended, the withdrawal statement was made by a mere aide, not by Putin.
Their pleas had the desperate tone of unreality of a jilted lover who is sure he can win back his former love if she will agree to see him just one more time.
Our Liberal government's radical environmentalist, Environment Minister David Anderson, scoffed at the news that Kyoto had expired. He sneered that Andrei Illarionov, the Putin adviser who announced Russia's pullout was "saying nothing he hasn't said before and it's nothing to be alarmed about given that there's a Russian election on." Moreover, Anderson added, Illarionov is "an economic adviser to the president -- he's not the president."
If you notice a striking similarity between Anderson's comments and those of Canada's environmental lobbyists, it's no coincidence. Anderson and the radical greens not only think alike, they feed off one another. Anderson ensures their "research" is richly funded. He permits them to run joint government-environmentalist propaganda campaigns and even allows them to write joint communiques and maintain joint websites -- all underwritten by tax dollars, of course.
Even international super-environmentalist Maurice Strong, who will be a trusted adviser to incoming prime minister Paul Martin, maintained, "It is not the death blow. It cannot be the death blow."
But it is.
Following Tuesday's bad news for greens, pro-Kyoto types clucked and preened Wednesday when Russia's deputy economy minister, Mukhamed Tsikhanov, said Russia might still ratify Kyoto next year, once its Duma and presidential votes were concluded.
This merely prompted Illarionov to clarify Thursday that he was speaking for President Putin when he rejected Kyoto. "The statement was made physically by me, but the words I was using were those of the Russian president."
Then, as if to make it crystal clear that he, not Tsikhanov, was Putin's official voice, Illarionov added, "The deputy economy minister is mistaken ... What he said was the position of the Russian Federation in August."
This news should have chastened the ninth UN Kyoto conference going on right now in Milan. But nothing deters a liberal or socialist armed with a bad idea -- and a lavish expense account.
Kyoto is dead. There is no point to the two-week-long conference in northern Italy. But the suites have been rented, the champagne uncorked, the shrimp chilled, the frequent-flyer miles collected. There's no going back.
Besides, the delegates -- there are 4,000 of them -- mostly live in the same unreal world as Canada's green lobbyists and politicians. They are still confident, despite Illarionov's latest, firm statement, that Russia will put its seal on Kyoto, someday. And that's enough to justify continuing to meet two or three times a year in the world's most beautiful cities and hotels to debate a dead deal, without end.
But Russia's objections to Kyoto are threefold, not merely economic. Russia's economy has recently begun to grow rapidly -- in the range of seven to 10 per cent a year. It could double by 2010, bringing Russian per capita income on a par with that of its eastern and central European neighbours. To bind itself to Kyoto now, Russia would have to forego such growth. That's enough justification for remaining outside Kyoto.
But speaking to another UN world conference on climate change -- this one in Moscow in October -- Putin let it be known that he doubted the entire global warming theory. Then one Russian scientist after another, including the head of the Russian academy of science, explained his doubts about whether man-made emissions were causing the Earth to warm unnaturally or not. One Russian even accused his western colleagues of having become "scientifically correct," an apparent allusion to the political correctness that demands politicians, researchers and reporters ignore social facts which might undermine the prevailing liberal bias.
Then, Putin added that even if Kyoto could be amended to preserve Russia's economy and if it could be proven that human actions were behind global warming, Kyoto would do nothing to solve it. "Even 100 per cent compliance won't reverse climate change," Putin stated.
If only Canada's politicians -- even the opposition Canadian Alliance and Alberta's provincial government -- could be as honest and brave about the Kyoto sham, both economic and scientific.
Columnist, Edmonton Journal
Editorial Board Member, National Post
Index to some of Lorne Gunter's articles
On global warming
On other issues
- Global Warming A collection of information by reputable scientists from around the world who disagree with the David Suzuki crowd and the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], and who provide irrefutable evidence that debunks the global warming hype.
At the United Nations, the
Curious Career of Maurice Strong
Fox News, Thursday, February 08, 2007
by Ezra Levant
Ezra Levant, author of the new book Fight Kyoto, transcript by J. L. Jackson,
broadcast December 9, 2002 on the Cat Country Radio show Agritalk with Jim Fisher.
Make sure you do not miss the excerpt that deals
with Maurice Strong, the real power behind Kyoto: "Maurice Strong: A Dr.
Evil-style strategist. Owner of a 200,000-acre New Age Zen colony [in Colorado]. Designer
of a proposal to "consider" requiring licences to have babies. The architect of
the Kyoto Protocol." It is an eye-opener, especially the strong ties to the powers in
Canadian politics. For example: Maurice Strong gave Paul Martin his first job during
university break "and made him and his family unimaginably rich."
At Ezra Levant's website there are more links to articles that are based on
excerpts from his book.
International Man of
Mystery: Who Is Maurice Strong?
The adventures of Maurice Strong & Co. illustrate the fact that nowadays you don't
have to be a household name to wield global power. ...
Maurice Strong: The new guy in your future! By Henry Lamb January, 1997....
Maurice Strong, "Stockholm to Rio: A Journey Down a Generation."
Maurice Strong, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Earth Council
Earth Council Alliance
Maurice F., 1929- . Papers, 1948-2000: Guide
Harvard University Library
... Policy Research. Maurice Strong. Maurice Strong is a senior advisor to United Nations'
Secretary General Kofi Anan.
Charter's Unholy Ark
With today's emphasis on "honoring the past
and imagining the future," many see nothing wrong with redesigning the
"memories" of the past to reflect their vision of the future. Many environmental
visionaries have called for "new stories" that replace the old truths and
redirect our values. The message in this new ark serves the purpose well. It puts new
meaning into old memories and usurps the honor inherent in the original. But that's part
of the UN plan. There is little appreciation for God's law and His treasured covenant (the
binding agreement He made with His people long ago) in our pluralistic, postmodern age.
To fill the vacuum, even staunch Communists such as Mikhail Gorbachev call
for spiritual revival. They envision a union of religions, all molded and conformed to a
global, earth-centered spirituality. The gods, spirits and pantheistic forces of
indigenous religions fit right in. Long a promoter of the Earth Charter and its socialist
regulations, the former Soviet ruler knows well that strategic visual images inspire the
masses and speed transformation. [See The State of the World
according to Gorbachev]
So does Maurice Strong, the powerful founder and leader of the Earth Council. Though
usually hidden behind the scenes, Strong is no minor player in this global contest for the
minds of the masses. He led the UN Environmental Programme, directed the 1972 and 1992 UN
Conferences on the Environment and Development, founded Planetary Citizens, directed the
World Future Society and founded and co-chaired the World Economic Forum. He is a member
of the Club of Rome, trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and Aspen Institute, a member of
the UN Commission on Global Governance, and Senior Advisor to the World Bank as well as to
UN Secretary General Kofi Anan [See Towards A Rapid Reaction
Capability for the UN].
The Earth Charter and the Ark of the Gaia Covenant. Copyright © Terry Melanson.
"The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like
the Ten Commandments."
Charter displayed at United Nations
In 1987, the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development
issued a call for creation of a new charter that would set forth fundamental principles
for sustainable development. The drafting of an Earth Charter was part of the unfinished
business of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
In 1994 Maurice Strong, the secretary general of the Earth Summit and chair of the Earth
Council, and Mikhail Gorbachev, president of Green Cross International, launched a new
Earth Charter initiative with support from the Dutch government. An Earth Charter
Commission was formed in 1997 to oversee the project and an Earth Charter Secretariat was
established at the Earth Council in Costa Rica.
Update 2005 06 17:
2. Is the right to water a new concept within human
The right to water is explicitly enshrined in two UN human rights
treaties - the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of
Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the
Child, as well in one regional treaty – the African Charter on the
Rights and Welfare of the Child. The Geneva Conventions guarantee the
protection of this right during armed conflict.
In addition, the right to water is an implicit part of the right to an
adequate standard of living and the right to the highest attainable
standard of physical and mental health, both of which are protected by
the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
However, some states continue to deny the legitimacy of this right. In
light of this fact and because of the widespread non-compliance of
States with their obligations regarding the right to water, the UN
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights confirmed and
further defined the right to water in its General Comment No. 15.
Adopted on 26 November 2002, this document provides guidelines for
States Parties on the interpretation of this right under two articles
of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Article 11 (the right to an adequate standard of living) and Article
12 (the right to health). [Source]
It makes one wonder. Do only women and children have
a right to water and to clean water? But then CEDAW is not about
it is about disfranchising men,
and the Conventions on the Rights of the Child are not about the rights
they are about
disfranchising parents, with both of those objectives serving to
international agenda for the planned
destruction of the family, so that out of the resulting rubble of
civilization a global socialist totalitarian state can be constructed.
Canada's Commitment to Earth
Worship at the Roots of Rapid Change to Canadian Law
An exploration of the history of the relationship between
Maurice Strong and Paul Martin.
Maurice Strong gave Paul Martin
his his first job during summer vacation in university, hired him for
Power Corporation Canada Ltd. after Martin finished university, and
offered Martin a sweetheart deal, the purchase of Canada Steamship
Lines, that made the Martin family unbelievably rich.
Importantly, the article identifies Paul Martin's commitment to
support the plan by Maurice Strong, Michael Gorbachev, Kofi Anan and Stephen
Rockefeller to impose a universal religion of Earth worship on the world
population. The new-age religion is to replace all others.
The Canadian government provided millions
of dollars in funding for
the development and goals of Maurice Strong's new-age religion. The Canadian federal
government also provided a
in contracts to Canadian Steamship Lines,
a corporation that has most of its fleet of about 50 ships registered in
Barbados and Liberia and that uses shoddy labour practices.
Maurice Strong was recently appointed as senior advisor to the
Prime Minister's Office. Will he remain in that position during Stephen
*"Last year ,
the federal government insisted it had done only $137,000 in business with
Martin's Canada Steamship Lines in the previous 10 years. This week [end of
Jan. 2004], of course, it was revealed that that $137,000 had actually
been $161 million, including $46 million during Martin's tenure as finance
(Source: "There's rot in the
ship of state", Edmonton Journal, Sunday 1 February 2004, p. A14)
It did work. The Liberal Party of Canada won that federal election.
Canada will be red for a while longer.
Posted 2002 01 05
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