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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Copen ha-ha-ha

So Copenhagen can't agree on 2.5 or 3 degrees warming by 2050? How anyone can predict a climate change of a half-degree difference as far out as 2050 when they cannot predict with any accuracy what the weather will be like next week is just plain silly. As is everything else about this biggest talkfest ever, bigger than the Versailles Conference at the end of World War I or the Bretton-Woods meeting that set up the modern global financial system (mind you, the Danish hoteliers and restaurateurs are not complaining!)

I mean, here is China, the world's biggest emitter, postering that it will cut emissions by 40 to 45% below 2005 levels by 2020 relative to - get this! - economic output! Meaningless even if it were measurable and verifiable! Consider this for a moment: just as the 30,000-plus delegates were quaffing their first glass of chardonay, the Australian Bureau of Statistics published Australia's economic growth figures for the September quarter. It had taken those pointy heads a full 2½ months to work out how much an economy encompassing 22 million people had grown by! Guess how long it took China, an economy of more than 1.3 BILLION people, to announce its economic output relative to which they are going to reduce their emissions? Exactly two weeks! No wonder they don't want to be subject to international scrutiny!

So what about the "Copenhagen Accord"? So the United Nations has managed to get funding for another useless body that will receive billions of dollars, be accountable to no-one, and will be rife with corruption, mismanagement and fraud. The UN oil for food programme was a perfect example of this! Anyway, that $100BILLION slush fund suggested by the U.S.A. ought to be spent on technical solutions to reduce emissions instead of being given to the 'poorer' countries presided over by the likes of Mugabe et al. After all, most “poor” nations are poor because they're plagued by despotism, oppression, and corruption, none of which have anything to do with whether they have abundant resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal. It has everything to do with encouraging class or tribal warfare, religious strife, wholesale plunder by the governing élite, numbered Swiss bank accounts, and all the ills common to humanity.

As for Kevin Rudd and his entourage of some 100-plus, they not only got out of Christmas shopping, but they got out of doing anything for a whole two weeks. And when this travelling circus reconvenes in Mexico in June, they can turn their back on wintry Canberra for their own bit of climate change. Wonderful Copen ho-ho-ho!

Here's a list of the 113 Australians who went to Copenhagen – OUR TAXES have paid for all their travel, accommodation, meals, local taxes, security & TRAVEL ALLOWANCE – and who knows, maybe their 'partners' went along for the ride but haven't made this offical list. And most people thought Kevin Rudd and Penny Wong were genuine about trying to cut greenhouse gases! What a disgrace!


1) H.E. Mr. Kevin Michael Rudd Prime Minister
2) H.E. Ms. Penelope Wong Minister, Climate Change and Water Office of the Minister for Climate Change and Water
3) H.E. Ms. Louise Helen Hand Ambassador for Climate Change Department of Climate Change
4) Mr. David Fredericks Deputy Chief of Staff Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
5) Mr. Philip Green Oam Senior Policy Adviser, Foreign Affairs Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
6) Mr. Andrew Charlton Senior Adviser Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
7) Mr. Lachlan Harris Senior Press Secretary Prime Minister’s Office Office of Prime Minister
8) Mr. Scott Dewar Senior Adviser Office of Prime Minister
9) Ms. Clare Penrose Adviser Office of Prime Minister
10) Ms. Fiona Sugden Media Adviser Office of Prime Minister
11) Ms. Lisa French Office of the Prime Minister Office of Prime Minister
12) Mr. Jeremy Hilman Adviser Office of Prime Minister
13) Ms. Tarah Barzanji Adviser Office of Prime Minister
14) Mr. Kate Shaw Executive Secretary Office of Prime Minister
15) Ms. Gaile Barnes Executive Assistant Office of Prime Minister
16) Ms. Gordon de Brouwer Deputy Secretary Prime Minister and Cabinet
17) Mr. Patrick Suckling First Assistant Secretary, International Division Prime Minister and Cabinet
18) Ms. Rebecca Christie Prime Minister’s Office
19) Mr. Michael Jones Official Photographer Prime Minister and Cabinet
20) Mr. Stephan Rudzki
21) Mr. David Bell Federal Agent Australian Federal Police
22) Ms. Kym Baillie Australian Federal Police
23) Mr. David Champion Australian Federal Police
24) Mr. Matt Jebb Federal Agent Australian Federal Police
25) Mr. Craig Kendall Federal Agent Australian Federal Police
26) Mr. Ian Lane Squadron Leader Staff, Officer VIP Operations
27)Mr. John Olenich Media Adviser / Adviser to Minister Wong Office of the Minister for Climate Change and Water
28)Ms. Kristina Hickey Adviser to Minister Wong Office of the Minister for Climate Change and Water
29) Mr. Martin Parkinson Secretary Department of Climate Change
30) Mr. Howard Bamsey Special Envoy for Climate Change Department of Climate Change
31) Mr. Robert Owen-Jones Assistant Secretary, International Division Department of Climate Change
32) Ms. Clare Walsh Assistant Secretary, International Division Department of Climate Change
33) Ms. Jenny Elizabeth Wilkinson Policy Advisor Department of Climate Change
34) Ms. Elizabeth Mary Peak Principal Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
35) Ms. Kristin Tilley Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
36) Mr. Andrew Ure Acting Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
37) Ms. Annemarie Watt Director, Land Sector Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
38) Ms. Kushla Munro Director, International Forest Carbon Section International Division Department of Climate Change
39) Ms. Kathleen Annette Rowley Director, Strategic and Technical Analysis Department of Climate Change
40) Ms. Anitra Cowan Assistant Director, Multilateral Negotiations Department of Climate Change
41) Ms. Sally Truong Assisting Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
42) Ms. Jane Wilkinson Assistant Director Department of Climate Change
43) Ms. Tracey Mackay Assistant Director International Division Department of Climate Change
44) Ms. Laura Brown Assistant Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
45) Ms. Tracey-Anne Leahey Delegation Manager Department of Climate Change
46) Ms. Nicola Loffler Senior Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
47) Ms. Tamara Curll Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
48) Ms. Jessica Allen Legal Support Officer Department of Climate Change
49) Mr. Sanjiva de Silva Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
50) Ms. Gaia Puleston Political Adviser Department of Climate Change
51) Ms. Penelope Jane Morton Policy Adviser, Multilateral Negotiations (UNFCCC) International Division Department of Climate Change
52) Ms. Claire Elizabeth Watt Policy Advisor Department of Climate Change
53) Ms. Amanda Walker Policy Officer, Multilateral Negotiations Department of Climate Change
54) Mr. Alan David Lee Policy Adviser, Land Sector Negotiations Department of Climate Change
55) Ms. Erika Kate Oord Australian Stakeholder Manager Department of Climate Change
56) Mr. Jahda Kirian Swanborough Communications Manager Ministerial Communication Department of Climate Change
57) H.E. Mr. Sharyn Minahan Ambassador DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
58) Ms. Julia Feeney Director, Climate Change and Environment Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
59) Mr. Chester Geoffrey Cunningham Second Secretary DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Germany
60) Ms. Rachael Virginia Cooper Executive Officer, Climate Change and Environment Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
61) Ms. Rachael Grivas Executive Officer, Environment Branch Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
62) Moya Elyn Collett Desk officer, Climate Change and Environment Section Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
63) Mr. Rob Law Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
64) Mr. Robin Davies Assistant Director General, Sustainable Development Group Australian Agency for International Development
65) Ms. Deborah Fulton Director, Policy and Global Environment Australian Agency for International Development
66) Ms. Katherine Renee Ann Vaughn Policy Advisor, Policy and Global Environment Australian Agency for International Development
67) Mr. Brian Dawson Policy Adviser Australian Agency for International Development
68) Mr. Andrew Leigh Clarke Deputy Secretary Department of Resources Development, Western Australia
69) Mr. Bruce Wilson General Manager, Environment Energy and Environment Division Department of Resources Development, Western Australia
70) Ms. Jill McCarthy Policy Adviser Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
71) Mr. Simon French Policy Adviser Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
72) Mr. Ian Michael Ruscoe Policy Adviser Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
73) Mr. David Walland Acting Superintendent, National Climate Centre Bureau of Meteorology
74) Mr. Damien Dunn Senior Policy Adviser The Australian Treasury
75) Ms. Helen Hawka Fuhrman Policy Officer, Renewable Energy Policy and Partnerships
76) Mr. Scott Vivian Davenport Chief Economics NSW Department of Industry and Investment
77) Mr. Graham Julian Levitt Policy Manager, Climate Change NSW Department of Industry and Investment
78) Ms. Kate Jennifer Jones Minister, Climate Change and Sustainability Queensland Government
79) Mr. Michael William Dart Principal Policy Advisor Office of the Hon. Kate Jones MP Queensland Government
80) Mr. Matthew Anthony Jamie Skoien Senior Director, Office of Climate Change Queensland Government
81) Mr. Michael David Rann Premier, South Australia Department of Premier and Cabinet, Southern Australia
82) Ms. Suzanne Kay Harter Adviser Department of Premier and Cabinet, Southern Australia
83) Mr. Paul David Flanagan Manager, Communications Government of South Australia
84) Mr. Timothy William O’Loughlin Deputy Chief Executive, Sustainability and Workforce Management Department of Premier and Cabinet South Australian Government
85) Ms. Nyla Sarwar M.Sc student Linacre College University of Oxford
86) Mr. Gavin Jennings Minister, Environment and Climate Change and Innovation, Victorian Government
87) Ms. Sarah Broadbent Sustainability Adviser
88) Ms. Rebecca Falkingham Senior Adviser Victoria Government/Office of Climate Change
89) Mr. Simon Camroux Policy Adviser Energy Supply Association of Australia Limited
90) Mr. Geoff Lake Adviser Australian Local Government Association Sridhar Ayyalaraju Post Visit Controller DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
91) Mr. Tegan Brink Deputy Visit Controller and Security Liaison Officer Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
92) Ms. Melissa Eu Suan Goh Transport Liaison Officer and Consul DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
93) Ms. Lauren Henschke Support Staff DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
94) Ms. Maree Fay Accommodation Liaison Officer DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
95) Ms. Patricia McKinnon Communications Officer DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
96) Eugene Olim Passport / Baggage Liaison Officer DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
97) Ms. Belinda Lee Adams
98) Ms. Jacqui Ashworth Media Liaison Officer Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
99) Ms. Patricia Smith Media Liaison Officer DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
100) Mr. Martin Bo Jensen Research and Public Diplomatic Officer DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
101) Mr. Mauro Kolobaric Consular Support DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
102) Ms. Susan Flanagan Consular Support DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
103) Mr. Stephen Kanaridis IT Support Officer DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
104) Mr. George Reid Support Staff DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
105) Ms. Ashley Wright Support Staff DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
106) Ms. Jodie Littlewood Support Staff DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
107) Mr. Thomas Millhouse Support Staff DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
108) Mr. Timothy Whittley Support Staff Driver DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
109) Ms. Julia Thomson Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
110) Mr. Donald Frater Chief of Staff to Minister Wong Office of the Minister for Climate Change and Water
111) Ms. Jacqui Smith Media Liaison DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
112) Mr. Greg French Senior Legal Advisor, Environment Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
113) Mr. Jeremy Hillman Advisor PMO

I notice that participants # 20 and 97, Mr. Stephan Rudzki and Ms. Belinda Lee Adams, had no official titles. Methinks they were the only members of the team who actually did some work! And did you notice something else? There was just ONE scientist amongst this lot, # 85, and he was a STUDENT at Oxford! The rest were apparatchiks, paid yes-sayers and nodding heads! So much for Rudd's science-based and evidence-based discussion on climate change! The world would've been a better place if they had never gone! Next time they should stay home and email each other!