Rich Galen
Before we get too far into a discussion about the climate conference which just ended in Cancun, Mexico, let me restate my firm opinion on global warming:

I am not a scientist, nor a statistician and have no idea what is what with regard to the data. Here's what I do know: It is better to put less junk into the atmosphere than to put more junk into the atmosphere.

The two-week conference was a follow-on to the failed climate change conference which was held in Copenhagen last December. That was the one at which, according to Arthur Max writing in the Huffington Post:

"brought 120 world leaders to the Danish capital in an abortive attempt to adopt an overarching accord governing emissions of made-made greenhouse gases blamed for global warming."

In spite of the presence of the new Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning President Barack Obama, the Copenhagen conference ended in failure. A big part of the problem was China's refusal to, according to the U.K. Telegram, "allow its progress on emissions targets to be verified by other countries," by refusing to "sign up to the 'transparency' required by America."

But, what's this? It seems that while President Obama and other western leaders were publicly wagging their collective fingers under China's nose, the U.S. had been trying to make a secret deal with China on climate change.

According to an article on the Fast Company website, cables leaked by show that none other than Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) went China to tell the Chinese government with a wink and a nod that "Washington understood China's 'resistance to accepting mandatory targets at the United Nations Climate Conference' coming up in Copenhagen.

Writer David Zax reports that,

"A cable sent from the U.S. embassy in Beijing reported that Kerry outlined 'a new basis for major cooperation between the United States and China on climate change.'

"A secret alliance between the two countries had been suspected by many; the cables appear to verify it."

Ok. Foreign policy isn't pretty. Someone might want to ask Sen. Kerry about his role in all that, though.

Moving forward one year, this conference in Cancun attracted about 15,000 people. The U.K. Telegraph's environmental writer, Louise Gray, reported that "The carbon footprint of the conference was about 25,000 tons, the equivalent to 4,500 UK households for a year."

But, in an earlier dispatch, Ms. Gray calculated that her flight from the U.K. cost two tons and a two-week stay in a Cancun hotel another ton.

You know that I am missing the Arithmetic Gene, but even I know that if each of the 15,000 attendees produced three tons of carbon-stuff, then the total is not 25,000 tons, but 45,000 tons.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at