Another climate debacle goes on, this time in Cancun. A Mexican resort, the Moon Palace, on a white-sand pristine beach hosts another global warming conference. The meeting hopes to hammer out an international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.
From the looks of it already, attendees may be attending the beach instead “because there is nothing to do in this hotel next week,” said Claudia Salerno, Chief Negotiator for Venezuela. With 15,000 international individuals expected to attend, the beach is going to be the Coney Island of the Caribbean in a few days.
Help from above
The conference got off the ground with an appeal to ancient pagan gods. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the Conference, invoked the powers of Ixchel, the goddess of the moon, of creativity, reason, weaving, and some other things. Hopes were high that the goddess would help the attendees come to agreements about global warming emissions. The goddess did not inquire what globe or what warming they were referring to.
Despite all the hopes, prospects for agreements are low. Last December’s meeting in Copenhagen failed to produce. Cancun suffers the same dismal expectations with developing countries pitted against the ones developed already. A global treaty is sought with all countries playing a part in cutting emissions. I predict better agreement can be expected for sunbathing spots on the crowded sand.
Where’s the money, honey?
There’s also an expectation of a climate change fund. Money would be raised via the popular prospect of a carbon tax, levied on international businesses that use plenty of energy including factories, aviation, and shipping. Yes, the poor countries around the globe love this idea, because they represent the potential recipients of the funds. No one wondered what global warming nor worried their reputations as receivers of the world’s redistribution of wealth.
Giving celebrity appeal to the conference, some big somebodies are expected to attend. Ted Turner and Richard Branson will be jetted in. What? Al Gore not coming? No, not enough room on the beach, or perhaps he is otherwise engaged at a massage parlor. The Mexican Tourist Board offered cut rates in the conference package but apparently not big enough to lure the really big conferees.
Joining the celebrities is a handful of world leaders, mostly from South American countries. They have a stake in the show, claiming their countries’ extinction from the face of the earth if global warming proceeds. Their interests lay less with whether climate change is real than they are in the handout from an international agreement.
Where’s the beach?
But an agreement in Cancun appears unlikely. Just like there’s little agreement on whether there even IS global warming. But nevermind that. It’s a good excuse for a big beach party in Cancun.