The German left-wing online TAZ here has a report bemoaning how industrial countries are all shirking their responsibilities when it comes to helping the poor countries develop sustainable societies.
Sorry – no money for climate protection.
If there is a sure sign of just how serious countries really are when it comes to the “grave problems of climate change”, then look no further than money. If climate change was an imminent catastrophe, you wouldn’t know it from the money that countries are pledging. In fact, you’d think they’ve stopped taking it seriously.
The TAZ writes:
And today, 20 years later? Never has there been a UN climate conference where so little is being said about money, even though it is so urgently necessary,’ wonders Jens Martens, development expert of the international non-governmental organisation Global Policy Forum. The industrial countries wish to avoid costly promises and the South has given in to resignation.”
There are two reasons for that: 1) Many industrial countries are teetering on the brink of financial disaster, and 2) the same countries (e.g. Japan, China, Russia, Canada, USA) are beginning to wake up to the FACT that man-made climate catastrophe is a hoax.
At the 2010 Cancun Conference, industrial countries pledged $100 billion for so-called green climate funds. However, according to the TAZ, only about 10 billion have been paid.
With the financial markets in Europe and North America in worsening disarray, expect the supply of money for climate projects to get even more scarce. It’s back to 1992: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Climate change is just a hoax.