Terry McCrann on COP17 in Durban


The Herald Sun’s economics guru has a few words to say about all our superiors trying to save the planet last week.

There they were facing the end of their world, their cosy world of riding the climate gravy train from one annual two-week conference in a resort city, to the next, and all the points through the year in-between.

Always, always, being prepared to make the tough choices: which resort city, and indeed, north or south?

Faced with going down in history as the free-lunchers that betrayed not just this generation of climate change main-chancers, but the next free-lunching generation and indeed the generation after that, they resolutely put their snouts – sorry, their shoulders – to the wheel and ground out a deal.

Read on. Terry’s just getting warmed up.

Via BIR who notes the pathetic spin our climate change minister Greg Combet put on the meeting to agree on having another meeting to make an agreement (presumably about another meeting).

And over in England, James Delingpole decides to play tiddlywinks with a British Combet-bot.

The Durban climate conference has been an abject failure. But that hasn’t stopped those who were there desperately trying – with all the plausibility of Monty Python’s Black Knight – to spin their disaster as though it represents some kind of massive triumph. Among them is a man named Michael Jacobs, formerly climate adviser to Gordon Brown.

In his Guardian column today, Jacobs argues that “the conference that has ended in Durban, South Africa, amid considerable drama, should be regarded as very much a success.”

I disagree. And today we met on Sky News to discuss it.

By the time Jacobs left he was not a happy bunny.

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