Zulu Beehives will be a hard sell for Americans; they have no running water or electricity. If Americans don't want the U.N. to cut our energy consumption, it would be a good idea to tell our Congressmen to stop paying dues to organizations that play these silly games.
The Durban delegates did resign themselves to replacing the term global warming with climate change, since there has been no warming since 1997. Three U.N. agencies issued reports claiming a global crisis; one claimed that all weather extremes are the result of climate change.
European Union climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard commended the delegates for "working to the very last minute to secure that we cash in what has been achieved and what should be achieved here." The "cash" she referred to is the $100 billion in annual taxes on international transactions that the U.N. hopes to extract from developed countries and redistribute to underdeveloped countries to help them cope with global warming.
Americans are waking up to the facts that today's temperature changes are no different from historic climate changes, that renewable-energy industries are unaffordable luxuries that can exist only with taxpayer subsidies and that the U.S. has a great abundance of affordable energy resources that Obama has put off-limits.
The U.N. delegates did agree to keep talking in the hope that they can make a trillion dollars a year fall out of the sky (i.e., the U.S.) into their Green Climate Fund. They will meet next year in June for Rio-plus-20, and then have another Climate Change meeting in Qatar in December, with the U.S. paying 22 percent of its $122,504,000 budget.
It's clear that the U.N. is a forum for the rest of the world to sound off about its resentment of America's economic success and high standard of living, and demand that we transfer our wealth to the poor countries so they can live higher on the hog. The rest of the world is unwilling to imitate our model of political freedom, property rights and free markets. Instead it wants to steal our wealth or at least punish us by reducing our energy use.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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