Oh, The UN Climate Change Summit In NYC

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Sep 22, 2009 3:09 PM
It's a precursor to the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen, which will take place this winter -- where people get together and make themselves feel important by one-upping Kyoto (everyone except the people that matter -- the U.S., China, and India are expected to sit out again).

So I guess this NYC Summit That Won't Accomplish Anything is just a way to start making people feel important ahead of the Copenhagen Conference That Won't Accomplish Anything? It certainly seems that way from the lineup, which includes, in addition to legions of low-level U.N. bureaucrats with no intelligence and even less actual power, celebs like Hugh Jackman, Harrison Ford, and Gisele Bundchen. Bundchen apparently called her home country of Brazil to tell the government that it's very, very important the rainforests don't go away, while the entire world suffers from chronic economic recession.

Aside from supermodels making pointless phone calls, there's also some expensive happy hours at some schwanky museums, and some high-level meetings where people who have nothing to do with the Waxman-Markey bill discuss it's merits. Then there's some pseudo-documentary called The Age of Stupid, which sounds, uh, very important, and a 5-day bike ride, and a website that looks like it took millions of dollars of public money to build. Meantime, the website designed to account for all the federal bailout money is impossible to navigate.

Frankly, if there was ever a chance of proving the greeny movement is really just a big self-love fest with no discernable achievements besides creating a high potential for more environmental harm and certainly creating untold economic destruction, we're probably closing in on it.