Another hugely expensive, international conference has concluded in Mexico. Better stage managed than Copenhagen, but just as unproductive and pointless!
These talkfests are just an excuse for various politicians to look like they are doing something while actually achieving zero!
Like a scene from a Kafka novel, 'Environment Ministers', attendant public service courtiers, (all looking important and pretending to be very, very serious), revolve around the world on tax-payer funded aircraft to exotic luxury locations. (I would be more impressed if the next conference was held in a polluted, Rustbelt city located in the grim despair of the UK Midlands, US, Russia etc, or even the Gulf, opposite the BP spill! The locals could do with the trade!) ,
The Mexico conference, attracted the usual gaggle of Government funded Climatologists', 'Experts Speakers', 'Delegates' (from increasingly dubious and obscure organisations), demonstrators, crazies, (that category includes the delegates from Bolivia and Venezuela, as well as the less harmful species), and a burgeoning contingent of media, security analysts, etc.. all flown in at taxpayer expense (and harm to the environment),to achieve an inane result, everyone knew before the conference commenced!
One blessing this time was absence of the odious little Australian Ex-PM , thereby removing one grandstanding megalomaniac and giving the Bolivians a chance at crazydom!
Sigh, is this really the best we can do?
Platitudes and inaction give opponents of such conferences, including increasinly vocal sceptics, credibility when they claim the whole thing is beat-up, and such conferences are just gravy trains and photo-opportunities.
The lack of interest by the general public in this latest talk-fest is profound. It's evidence that Joe Public is losing interest in GW/CC. Although curiously, Joe Public still seems to accept the science of GW/CC in a detached manner, but is cynical about any ability to effect change.
In my own small nation of Australia, the Green Party seems to have reached a Zenith of influence with the last election, when due to voter dissatisfaction with major political parties, the Greens were able to secure a deal to support the centre-left Labour party in a minority government.
Since then the Greens have proved to be pests, forcing an increasingly desperate Prime minister to alienate her own supporters in order to pander to the whims of two 'Green' politicians, representing a tiny constituency, simply maintain a slender majority in parliament.
Having learnt a lesson, in the following Victorian State election, the centre-right Liberal Party, refused to seek any support from the Greens, and attacked the Greens head on, highlighting socialist aspects of the 'green' agenda. The centre-left Labour Pparty also abandoned the 'Greens'. As a result, voters rejected the 'Greens' and the Green vote disappeared s a cogent force. If that trend continued in the federal election, the "Greens third force' will become once again a marginalised party of protesters,idealists and cranks.
This trend is occurring all over the Western World.
It is a natural result of a concept/movement becoming trendy and fashionable as a protest vote among youthful voters, but as economic factors regain importance and the hyperbole dies away, the voters move back to support issues self-interest.
The heroic Green rebel, evolves into just another cynical politician.
Good grief, there is more support and interest for the circus of 'Oprah on tour', than for the Mexico talk-fest.
The spectacle of a formerly respected Green political leader, star-struck at being included in a photo-op with the American TV talk show host, Oprah. The fact that this US celebrity arrived with a fleet of aircraft, with a huge contingent of utterly unnecessary people, to participate in an environmentally harmful and extremely wasteful extravaganza,for no valid purpose, shows the level of 'Green ideological bankruptcy!
Cheap popularity, and the trappings of office, are always the baubles that corrupt radical politicians.
Manufacturers and investors in 'green' technology, must begin to consider what sort of of investment environment will exist, if as a result of the publics lessening interest in 'green' politics, governments begin to reduce (or fail to increase) subsidies for green technology.
Competition between PRC and the West, may prove the spur to 'green' investment. The PRC is uncompetitive in many areas, yet has enormous supplies of rare earth and a population willing to buy products considered unsafe or too crappy for West standards. But these products may evolve into the innovations of the future. With a huge and largely closed domestic market to fund the lead time in development, the PRC may force the West to invest in new technology just to remain competitive.
Trade issues, including currency reform, increasing competition between the US/Europe led west, and the PRC, for third world resources, and markets, are far more relevant to the planets health, than talk-fests in Mexico.