Marita Noon

COP 18 started this week in Doha, Qatar, where climate campaigners will, again, try to get governments to commit to a $100-billion-per-year “Climate Fund” to redistribute wealth from the West to the rest—though $100 billion is already being considered “inadequate.” The Climate Fund “is designed to transfer wealth from the developed world to the developing world to fund mitigation and adaptation to climate change.” 

COP 18 is the latest in high-level, international meetings designed to continue progress on a comprehensive agreement to address global climate change. (COP stands for Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.)

Considering that alarmists believe that carbon emissions from coal and oil-based energy is the primary driver of climate change—rather than natural causes, it is ironic that COP 18 is being held in Doha, in the heart of the OPEC region. Reports claim that Qatar has some of the “highest emissions per capita” and has barely been involved in climate negotiations. Some have even said: “having one of the OPEC leaders in charge of climate talks is like asking Dracula to look after a blood bank.”

Even most of the 17,000 people who’ve converged in Qatar, according to the Los Angeles Times, “maintain low expectations for the massive confab.” Heading into COP 18, an AP report states: “Judging by previous conferences, the negotiations in Doha will ebb and flow, with progress one day being replaced by bitter discord the next.” Apparently, the predictions were correct. After two days in Doha, according to the AP, “the talks fell back to the bickering between rich and poor countries that has marked the negotiations since they started two decades ago.” Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said “the slow pace of the talks was ‘frustrating’ and that negotiators seem more concerned with protecting national interests than studying the science that prompted the negotiations.”


Marita Noon

Marita Noon is Executive Director of Energy Makes America Great.