CFACT: Mission Qatar

Chants, secret backroom negotiations and the CFACT "Truth Warrior"


Unlike previous UN climate gatherings, COP 18 in Doha is attempting to make a “serious” statement about lowering its carbon footprint. No, it’s not requiring delegates to forgo their jet travel, five-star hotels and restaurants, air conditioning, limousine rides, or anything that exacting.

But the COP chieftains have instituted a “paperless” policy, depriving delegates of daily programs and copies of negotiating documents that keep them relatively informed. And while this policy has allegedly “saved” 217 trees as of yesterday (I know this because the U.N. keeps a running tally prominently displayed on electronic billboards throughout the conference site), it has angered many who find this policy a means to keep the public in the dark about the current status of demands and negotiations.

Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum, made this point at a CFACT press briefing in Doha yesterday. She noted that in all her 17 years of attending U.N. climate gatherings there has never been this much difficulty getting up-to-date information or reluctance to accommodate informed public input into the process. A harsh indictment, indeed.

The UN sought to compensate for this inconvenience by creating an app that delegates could place on their smart phones, which featured links to various documents as they are updated. However, the app has been extremely slow in posting any changes online, rendering it essentially useless.

Ms. Adams believes, as do many other delegates (even those on the fringe left), that this is being done deliberately, to squelch public input into a process that could affect energy and economic systems; lives and livelihoods; and jobs, hopes, and dreams for billions of people. That is very probably the case.

Whether or not it was the COP chiefs’ intent, the absence of information has made for a lot of frustration, as well as downtime lounging in coffee shops for most in attendance here.

Without much inside knowledge as to the current status of negotiations, many attendees looked to side events to pass their time or learn something. Some of these events, like those dealing with financing and mitigation, would test the endurance of a seasoned Buddhist monk. But others were more amusing, like an initiative known as “Chant,” which seems to be urging humanity to sing its way into environmental bliss. I had an opportunity to participate in this workshop and lend my own “voice” to this effort.

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CFACT is the only voice of reason and truth here in Doha, inspiring the sailing of the CFACT "Truth Warrior" pictured above. We searched for Greenpeace's "Rainbow Warrior" but they have made themselves scarce at these conferences ever since we boarded and rechristened two of their vessels in Copenhagen during COP 15.

CFACT, on the other hand, has consistently communicated the truth that global warming is a non-issue to delegates and media at the UN climate conferences, including here in Qatar.

We are only able to do so through the generosity of truth-loving individuals such as yourself. Please join us and become a CFACT Truth Warrior!

For nature and people too,

Craig Rucker
Executive Director

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