The Copenhagen climate conference is nearing its end -- so far without reaching a deal involving the many nations gathered in Denmark. And even if they get a deal, it might not come close to their own expectations.
The BBC reported on Dec. 17 that a deal "looks more likely following a frantic day of behind the scenes diplomacy," but made a startling admission about the actual impact on temperatures.
BBC's Richard Black wrote that "a leaked document from the UN climate convention indicates the best deal likely here will not keep the temperature raise below 2C (3.6F)."
So if the climate deal won't actually stop climate change what's the point again? A very different kind of green altogether.
"In the context of a strong accord in which all major economies pledge meaningful mitigation actions and provide full transparency as to those actions, the U.S. is prepared to work with other countries towards a goal of mobilising $100bn a year to address the needs of developing countries," Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said, according to BBC.
Sound like climate reparations? That's exactly what they are. Rolling Stone magazine made the case for $6 trillion in reparations on Nov. 11. Writer Naomi Klein said that renewable energy would cost least-developed countries up to $600 billion per year for the next 10 years.
Klein wrote, "the U.S. negotiating position appears to be to pretend that 200 years of over-emissions never happened."
But there are nations willing to demand billions of dollars in such reparations. The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 16, that Bolivian President Evo Morales called for billions of dollars in climate change "reparations."
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