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This Year’s ‘Last Chance to Save Planet’ Begins in Cancun

By on 11.29.10 | 7:05AM

From today's Telegraph about the Cancun talks to attain Kyoto I, formally kicking off today:

A sense of foreboding is one of the few points of general agreement among the 15,000 participants congregating for the next two weeks on this long thin strip of land, marooned between a wide lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Jairem Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, sees it as the "last chance" for climate change talks to succeed; Connie Hedegaard, the EU's climate chief, believes a disappointing outcome would "put the whole process in danger"...

Huh. Now check out last year's exhortations, on the Copenhagen talks to attain Kyoto II. That was that last chance to save Kyoto II and thereby the planet. That belly flopped, so Cancun is the current last chance.

There is a reason I finally stopped attending these absurdities in December 2005. Several, actually. You've seen one 'last chance', Euro-teary, document-waving session early on the morning after the confab was slated to end declaring an historic agreement to meet again next year, you've seen them all.

And of course this hyperbole is also typical when dealing with a theory that is often described as the 'greatest threat facing mankind' which, upon scrutiny means '...except for all the others' (To wit, try this on an alarmist: 'So, you mean you want more nuclear power?'. 'Oh. Then how about tree farms to absorb CO2?' 'Oh. Then how about dams?' 'Oh. Then how about windmills where the wind blows even if it's where birds fly and Kennedys live?' 'Oh. Then how about solar arrays out in the desert?' 'Oh.'...)

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