Copenhagen




Katherine Goldstein questions the motives of the British Peer who has become the highest profile climate change denier, in the Huffington Post:

While tens of thousands of NGO’s, environmental activists, government officials and journalists have descended on the climate talks in Copenhagen, a small but vocal number of energy industry lobbyists and climate change deniers are staging events to put forward their point of view.

At one such event held by Americans For Prosperity, a right-wing group with funding ties to Exxon-Mobil and oil interests. [disinfo ed.’s note: we know this sentence doesn’t make sense.]

At their event in Copenhagen, a group of clean energy activists disrupted their meeting. In attendance was Lord Christopher Monckton, one of the most visible and outspoken voices against climate change science, who proceeded to call the protesters “Hitler Youth.”


So who is Lord Christopher Mockton? “Mother Jones” describes him as a “self-described former special adviser to Margaret Thatcher on matters ranging from hydrogeology to epidemiology [who] has more recently devoted himself to climatology.”…



COPENHAGEN, Denmark – “Canada is ‘red-faced’!” (Globe and Mail) “Copenhagen spoof shames Canada!” (Guardian) “Hoax slices through Canadian spin on warming!” (The Toronto Star) “A childish prank!” (Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada)

What at first looked like the flip-flop of the century has been revealed as a sophisticated ruse by a coalition of African, North American, and European activists. The purpose: to highlight the most powerful nations’ obstruction of meaningful progress in Copenhagen, to push for just climate debt reparations, and to call out Canada in particular for its terrible climate policy.

The elaborate intercontinental operation was spearheaded by a group of concerned Canadian citizens, the “Climate Debt Agents” from ActionAid, and The Yes Men. It involved the creation of a best-case scenario in which Canadian government representatives unleashed a bold new initiative to curb emissions and spearhead a “Climate Debt Mechanism” for the developing world…


One of the more interesting documentary films released this year was The Age of Stupid. Director Franny Armstrong has put together a large group of climate change activists to promote the film and of course they are currently in Copenhagen. They’ve been broadcasting a daily show called, naturally, The Stupid Show. Tonight’s guest is George Monbiot, who she says is “the world’s cleverest climate chap.”

That’s tonight … here’s the previous show, which Franny describes as:

with In The Diner With Achim Steiner as the big rhyming interview (following hot on the heels of Friday’s On My Head With Ed), Andrew Simms from NEF being really quite convincing that a low-carbon future is going to be happier and top climate scientist Richard Betts from the MET office laughing at my attempt to draw the history of the world in one minute. Shame his homemade joke went down like a lead balloon on the laugh-o-meter…


You can bet that certain politicians will be taking climate change a lot more seriously following this announcement, via Spiegel Online: Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards to city hotels warning summit…