Mountain of Waste at Copenhagen

Mountain of Waste at Copenhagen December 16, 2009 – 7:21 PM | by: William La Jeunesse Use less water. Drive smaller cars. Turn down the heat. Save the planet. Those are the messages coming from the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen, but the environmental elite here may have a problem with saying one thing while doing another — at least when it comes to paper.The green-conscious conference is utterly buried in it. Not just 8×11 white sheets, but the heavy cream-colored paper used in brochures and glossy red-and-yellow papers the United Nations uses to urge attendees to live a low-carbon lifestyle.

(emphasis added) via Mountain of Waste at Copenhagen « Liveshots.  Source: http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/12/16/mountain-of-waste-at-copenhagen/ (accessed 12/17/2009)

And more:

Handouts from the Colombian rainforest exhibit, which appeared to be underwritten by the country’s Ministry of the Environment, were printed on paper that did not indicate that it was recycled. That exhibit also provided documents promoting palm oil, which environmentalists say is being produced plantation-style in former rainforests, creating massive amounts of carbon dioxide from deforestation.

An NGO called Tearfund, which sells carbon credits and works to reduce poverty, offers up a 32-page brochure called “The first cut is the deepest; reducing global emmissions.” Its handout comes printed on thick, high-quality paper that is not recycled.

It seems as if the rest of the world wants to tell us “do as I say, not as I do” and to criticize the American lifestyle, thus

One reporter asked Inhofe “What do you tell the children who have to live in a nightmare world. What should we tell them about your country being a heroin addict on fossil fuel?

Source: December 17, 2009 – 7:19 AM | by: William La Jeunesse http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/12/17/sen-inhofe-r-in-lions-den-in-copenhagen/ (accessed 12/17/2009)

Yet the same critics will, I’m sure, gladly continue to take U.S. dollars from hard-working taxpayers via Secretary Clinton’s recent offer of $10 billion. See,

Clinton: U.S. Ready to Join $100B Climate Aid Fund

FOXNews.com

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in Copenhagen Thursday the United States is willing to commit up to $10 billion a year by 2012, and would support a global fund of $100 billion a year to help developing nations deal with climate change, provided nations like China are willing live up to the ‘transparency’ demanded by the U.S.

via FOXNews.com – Clinton: U.S. Ready to Join $100B Climate Aid Fund. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/17/clinton-ready-join-b-climate-aid-fund/ (accessed 12/17/2009)

There can be no doubt that human-caused emissions, waste, and more have caused damage to the ecology and you don’t have to believe in global warming to know that. But the damage does not emanate solely from the U.S. and nations across the globe must all make commitments, not just scream at the paper tiger that, sadly, America has become.

As those who know me are aware, I love the Earth and the outdoors as much as anyone and am frequently sickened by spoilage I see in rivers and creeks, or even high atop a mountain in Big Bend. We need to be better stewards but the political rhetoric gets in the way.

So the real question is this:  why must we couch our $10 billion commitment or the Copenhagen “summit” as dealing with “climate change” or “global warming” or any other of the perceived symptoms that may or may not come from human endeavors? Why not simply look at the things we could do better, as the U.S. has steadily done over the years (e.g. scrubbers on smokestacks, cleaner-burning fuels, etc.), to better treat good Mother Earth?

Oh, and chill with the hypocritical rhetoric!