The Copenhagen Accord will go down in history like the Münich Agreement of 1938, when political “leaders” did not have the courage to oppose Hitler’s dreams of world domination. Churchill later used the words of the Bible: “Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting” to criticize British Prime Minister Chamberlain. No doubt, those “leaders” who brokered the “shame of Copenhagen” will later be known as the “Guilty Men”.
Here are some of the first reactions to the US-China-led deal:
Polly Toynbee in the Guardian: “This is the way the world ends, in communiques expressing insufficient commitment”. But it is not all politicians fault, says Toynbee. Citizens are just not willing to accept that they have to change their lifestyles and therefore politicians have no guts: “If politicians ask voters, "Do you sincerely want the planet to survive?" the answer is by no means obvious. Eat, drink, fly and be merry, hope for the best, cling to the comforting deniers. Imagining three generations ahead is a stretch. If voters cared about people drowning in Bangladesh, more aid would have been sent decades ago. If 20 million climate refugees arrive in boats, fend them off”.
George Monbiot gets angry in his comment (also from The Guardian): “Goodbye Africa, goodbye south Asia; goodbye glaciers and sea ice, coral reefs and rainforest. It was nice knowing you. Not that we really cared. The governments which moved so swiftly to save the banks have bickered and filibustered while the biosphere burns”.
Climate deniers, on the other hand, are over the moon. In a third Guardian contribution, Benny Peiser calls the Copenhagen fiasco “inevitable” and predicts “an indefinite moratorium on international climate law-making”. He also rejoices at the end of the green movement: “the biggest losers of the Copenhagen fiasco appear to be climate science and the scientific establishment who, with a very few distinguished exceptions, have promoted unmitigated climate alarm and hysteria.It confirms beyond doubt that most governments have lost trust in the advice given by climate alarmists and the IPCC. The Copenhagen accord symbolises the loss of political power by Europe whose climate policies have been rendered obsolete”. Well, I suppose Peiser might have a good point declaring the end of the climate hysteria and he could even be right that climate change will disappear from the political agenda in the next years (I have predicted that myself at several occasions, but for other reasons). That said, the climate and energy collapse and the “long descent” will just continue its course with all of us happily whistling in the dark. Live well and prosper!