cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Copenhagen can relax a bit following the two-week fiasco that was to produce the actual substance that the UN has pursued for years. And, Copenhagen can begin to count up the costs in terms of 'carbon footprint'.
The results are in and President Obama, in conjunction with the UN, has again delivered vapor over substance. He intervened when he'd have been politically-wiser to avoid the conference. His grandiloquence produced little but a place for the supporters of world climate control to hide while they try to fix their problems, which are multitude.
China has agreed to this flimsy excuse for a "break-through" since it requires only lip service and nothing else. Were it not for this, China had already indicated its intent to leave the conference. Obama comes home playing the role to which he is becoming accustomed, that of the King with no clothes.
The conference produces the promise of further talk but fell short of defining exactly what the talk will accomplish. It leaves the major economic players feeling a bit more comfortable given that they can now claim to be moving ahead with climate control initiatives while doing little or nothing about it in reality. They can make promises of funding to the third-world nations (and posers) which the United States can ill-afford given the rest of its over-spending initiatives already undertaken.
The Climategate players can relax and hope the ill effects of their leaked e-mails, and subsequent revelations of manipulation of data to fit preconceptions, blow over by the next such meeting in a couple of years. The Al Gore acolytes can make believe that they are the saviors of the planet for a few more years.
The reality ought to be plain for our good Governor Doyle and the reigning Democrats in Wisconsin so as to help them understand that the farce of our state restricting its future by independent actions to limit our growth and punish ourselves, absent total buy-in from the other 49 states and the world, is just that, a farce.
Propitious delay is good in this case; the rush to a flawed judgment is well-served by delay. We are all well-served by delay contrary to the views of some who have drunk, and continue to drink, the global warming/climate change Kool-aid. If the movement cannot afford delay for fear it will be further exposed, so be it. If those of us who remain skeptics are proved wrong, so be it. But let us slow this seemingly inexorable march of the lemmings to the sea.
I continue to doubt the accuracy of Mr. Gore's apocalyptic pronouncements and fully expect to continue to see the polar ice cap in place for so long as I live. The idea that it will "completely disappear in five to seven years", in and of itself, should be sufficient for all to see the folly of this man's audacious predictions. It is mindful of the children's story about Chicken Little and the falling sky.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Foregone Conclusion".