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Friend,

I don't know if this climate conference can get its mojo back (if it ever had any to begin with).

We're at the UN climate summit in Warsaw which just experienced a double whammy.

COP 19 was shocked when China led a block of 132 nations in a walkout over "loss and damage." Loss and damage is the completely bogus concept that developed nations should be legally liable when natural disasters strike developing nations. There is of course no meaningful scientific or historical link that Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda was abnormal and no global warming link.

Australia and others said no to loss and damage, or at least not until a full climate treaty is signed in Paris in 2015. Australia and others appear to be counting on futility -- so out walked the developing nations.

Then came this afternoon's stunner.  Poland fired its environment minister, who is also President of the UN climate summit, just two days before the end of the COP! Why? Because Poland's P.M. Donald Tusk wanted someone with a deeper commitment to fracking!

Poland has been bullied for decades and they are not about to cede their energy independence to Russia, the UN or anyone. Nor, should they.

Bravo, Poland!

Reuters wrote that when a COP President loses the confidence of their government, they lose the confidence of the other nations at the summit. That puts Marcin Korolec in a very awkward position. Poland could have waited until Monday to have changed ministers. The fact that they didn't signals disdain for the UN global warming position from the host nation itself. That's a blow.

Can the UN climate summit stage a comeback in the next two days? 

At this point it seems unlikely, but there's always the traditional marathon overtime session in the waning hours.   That's when the backroom deals get done.

Never underestimate what a gathering of bureaucrats and carbon profiteers might accomplish when after your money.

For nature and people too,

Craig Rucker
Executive Director

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