Friday, September 11, 2009
Reference: Rich must commit more, Bangkok Post, September 12. 2009
There will be no deal struck in Copenhagen as the pre-meeting bickering makes clear (Rich must commit more, Bangkok Post, September 12. 2009). Citizens of rich nations face an unsavory cost/benefit analysis in which the benefits are global but the costs are local. At the same time the poor nations find that their per capita emission is already well below the most ambitious target of the rich nations. The bottom line is that CO2 emission is a proxy for energy consumption and energy consumption is a proxy for the standard of living and no rich nation is willing to reduce their standard of living. More bad news for Copenhagen lies in the data. The warmists are surely praying for a monster hurricane or some other equally dramatic weather data prior to Copenhagen and they may yet get that wish but so far the data have not cooperated with them. There have been a flurry of press releases by the warmists all of them reruns from 2005 and 2007 and yet all dutifully published by a pliant media but datawise it's been all quiet on the global warming front except for bad news. The US NOAA announced that the continental USA has been cooler than normal in August, 2009 even as the warmists are trying to promote August as an unusually hot month.