If we assume a passenger car produces about one ton of carbon for every 5,000 miles driven, then this conference was the equivalent of 255 million car miles.
What came out of the Cancun conference? Who knows? Here's what the UN (which sponsored the event) had to say about it on its website (I did not make this up):
The United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. It encompassed the sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) and the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), as well as the thirty-third sessions of both the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the fifteenth session of the AWG-KP and thirteenth session of the AWG-LCA.
And you thought the UN was just a big a waste of money.
The net result of the conference was that the wealthy countries said that it would be a swell idea to transfer trillions of dollars to poorer countries to, as the Wall Street Journal put it, "help poor countries develop on a greener path."
But, aside from the lofty thoughts,
"The diplomats postponed hashing out which rich countries would pay how much, and exactly what the poor countries would have to do to get the checks."
I got 37 miles per gallon in my Cash-for-Clunkers MullFord on Friday driving from Alexandria, VA to my mom's house in New Jersey and back. I suspect I did more for the cause of global warming than the 15,000 people who spent two weeks in Mexico.