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January 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 17, 2013

Climate change all about redistributing wealth

Dear Editor,

As an individual who recently traveled to Doha, Qatar, to observe the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), I can’t help but respond to Steve and Cokie Roberts’ Jan. 15 Viewpoints piece, “Children need mother nature; so should we.”

The Roberts painted a gloomy picture of fearful Vietnamese children suffering the so-called catastrophic consequences of global warming, purportedly created by selfish and greedy wealthy capitalist nations that emit too many greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The Roberts again appealed to our emotions as they referenced a scene in Doha of how “the sight of the chief negotiator for the Philippines breaking into tears to plead for his typhoon-ravaged country failed to move many of the major countries, including the United States, to action.”

After I tell you what I witnessed in Doha, perhaps you and your readers will be the ones who are breaking into tears.

For background, I have been an official observer at 18 United Nations conferences since 1996. They include the Habitat II (housing) Summits in New York City and Istanbul; 10 climate change conferences in Bonn (two), Buenos Aires (two), Copenhagen, Doha, Durban, Kyoto, Poznan and The Hague; the International Criminal Court in Rome; the World Food Summit in Rome; the Conference for Financing for Economic Development in Monterrey, Mexico; the Millennium Summit in New York City; the Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg; and the Sixth World Trade Ministerial [WTO] meeting in Hong Kong.

Since attending my first climate change meeting in Kyoto, I have been among the so-called climate deniers who have said that the Kyoto Protocol on global warming is all about the economy and not about the climate. It is all about the redistribution of wealth. The UN’s goal is to force the wealthy nations to lower our standard of living and give our money to the poor nations so that they can raise their standard of living; but not to the high level Americans enjoy. In the name of sustainable development, it is all about equity.

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