IPCC Official: Spread the Wealth Around

The Scientific Alliance (UK) newsletter is out, and it contains a remarkable follow-on to last week’s admission by German IPCC official/economist Otto Edendorfer that “one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy,” and that climate change policy is about how “we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth,”

As summarized in pertinent part by the SA:

Although I am loathe to characterise all true believers in man-made climate change as primarily left-ish politically…the narrative which comes from that part of the political spectrum [is] driven by a certainty that something has to be done and that people cannot be allowed to decide for themselves.

George Dvorsky, a director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, summarizes his preferred way forward as follows

Given the failure of Copenhagen, I’m inclined to believe that semi-annual conferences are not the way to go. Instead, I’d like to see the United Nations assemble an international and permanent emergency session that is parliamentary in nature (i.e. representative and accountable) and dedicated to debating and acting on the problem of anthropogenic climate change (a sub-parliament, if you will). The decisions of this governing board would be binding and impact on all the nations of the world.

With Son-of-Copenhagen kicking off Monday in Cancun, the coming two weeks should be rife with such outbursts as the Kyoto enterprise grinds ever closer to its inevitable, de facto collapse.