sábado, 4 de dezembro de 2010

Wikileaks first climate cables

Reading through the few Wikileaks cables related to climate, the tip of the iceberg becomes visible. The most interesting seems to involve the usual pressures related to top level nominations: in this case, the nomination for the IPCC Group II organization comes to light. The original cable is still not known visible here, but it is said to state that Christopher Field had no opposition; the other proposed position for co-chair, Mostafa Jafari, an Iran scientist, was not acceptable, although a qualified scientist. The cable apparently states that Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC, promised background collaboration, and non-identification of the US pressures. The Austrian delegate, which lead the selection process, also agreed on the veto on Jafari.

In other cables, we can see the unreal demands being made by some countries in the World. The developed countries, pressured by alarmists, are "falling all over itself to browbeat them into taking money to go along with a plan to give them more money". But this is starting to change: "The Danes said they are "fed up"" because the reasons behind the show are no longer climate: "Gisela Ulloa, a member of Bolivian delegations to earlier COP meetings told us the GOB's position is aimed at creating an alternative development model consistent with Morales's anti-capitalist philosophy."

Another profound cable relates to Saudi Arabia. One only has to read the following, to understand what is really happening (bold is my responsibility):

Is Al-Naimi the Problem?
9. (S) Minister Al-Naimi has consistently been rational and practical in talking with western delegations about climate change, noting that Saudi Arabia had to address its development concerns, but conceding that the world needs to work together to address climate change. These reassuring statements stand in sharp contrast to Al-Sabban's public comments, such as questioning the science behind climate change just before Copenhagen, and his often obstructionist behavior, as reported by a number of Embassies in Riyadh, during working-level negotiations. Senior Ministry of Petroleum officials have reassured us after each of Al-Sabban's public outbursts over the last six months that he has been "tamed" and brought back onto the reservation. The frequency and number of times that Al-Sabban steps out of line, and the apparent lack of any sanction, raises questions about the real Saudi position on climate change.

And than we see "that Pope Benedict had firmly established his "green" reputation", which "even if discreetly, is significant because the Vatican is often reluctant to appear to compromise its independence and moral authority by associating itself with particular lobbying efforts". Religion, at it's best.

What really strikes us is the fact that all this Copenhagen/Cancun stuff has nothing to do with the Climate, or saving the World. It's about political positioning, money, and plain old fascism cult promotion. But as referred before, this is only the tip of the iceberg. More is to come, and I wouldn't be surprised if we're going to be answered about who is behind Climategate, or Al Gore's Nobel nomination, or the facts behind all the IPCC mess. Stay tuned...