Weatherford Democrat

January 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 17, 2013

Weatherford Democrat

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.

In Doha, the United Nations finally admitted their goal as I sat in a press briefing by Christiana Figueres, executive secretary to the UNFCCC. While addressing a question about the impatience of youth who are worried about their future, in the context of the slow speed of the climate change negotiations, Figueres told the press that “it must be understood ... that what is occurring here, not just in Doha, but in – in the whole climate change process, is a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world. That does not happen overnight.” Your readers can watch Ms. Figueres make this statement 12 minutes into the press briefing here.

The UN denigrates those who dare challenge their agenda. S. Fred Singer, an atmospheric physicist, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and former founding director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service, is one of those challengers who posts another point of view at Americans should also be grateful to U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) for informing Americans about this radical ruse being imposed upon us by the UN. Marc Morano, former staff member of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, is another patriot who shines light on the dark side of the UN at

Many Americans are waking up to the fact that we have been sold a bill of goods about alleged man-caused global warming. Freedom lovers should investigate the radical UN that is trying to figure out how to impose a global tax on us in order to fill their Green Climate Fund, as well as charge wealthy nations for “loss and damage” we have allegedly caused to poor nations.

We should all be crying our eyes out over the fact that the likes of Steve and Cokie Roberts aren’t reporting about Christiana Figueres’ announcement in Doha, that what is occurring is a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world.

MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, vice president and education liaison for Texas Eagle Forum


Did you know? ...

Dear Editor,

There is some things the people of Weatherford and others living in this area need to know …

If you are receiving food stamps or the State Nutrition Snap program, your food benefit amounts have been cut, depending on if you got a so called “cost of living” increase on your Social Security 2013 check. How egregious is this move by the Texas Legislature, when food prices continue to rise every time you go to the supermarket? One thing you can count on though, legislators in the majority will keep all of their benefits. Vote their greedy ideology out!

Did you know that Ford Motor Company did not depend on a bailout from the government in 2009? However, they are not in consideration of standing behind their automobiles they produced in past years. They say that parts cannot be provided after 10 to 12 years. If you purchased a vehicle before that time, you are on your own. Even if needed repairs are life-threatening. Your $12,000 to $25,000 you paid for the automobile then is not their problem. Here again, it’s not about the people, it’s about their profits. Corporate greed is still shameful in America.

Did you know that the main telephone provider in Weatherford has removed practically all pay phones here? I guess they presume everyone should pay for a cell phone. But what if a homeless person or individual wants to report a crime ring, or illegal activity here? A truck stop here has one pay phone that still exists.

However, if you do not have quarters to deposit in the pay phone, your call will not be completed. Also, the 911 operators will not take or listen or report that kind of criminal information call. Some people who call 911 do not want retaliation against themselves.

By the way, your cell phone can track your every location and that truck stop pay phone is monitored by cameras and alarms. Could facial recognition surveillance be more important to authorities than existing crime? Is Big Brother already here? What a scary prospect for our future! Unless the people begin speak out loudly, leadership here will not even listen.

Darwin Yeary, Weatherford