“They used large DIESEL GENERATORS to power the conference because hydro-electricity in the area was inadequate and could not cope with the huge demand,” says reader Cardigan Island.
How much CO2 did they emit in massive jet aircraft by flying to such an out-of-the-way location?
“Was it to give them all a Macchu Pichu “holiday”??
Highlights from the conference:
- More than 10,000 delegates attended (i.e. freeloaders who are screwing the future).
- Including observers, around 11,000 people flew in from abroad.
- It created the ‘biggest carbon footprint of 20 meetings to date’, with more than 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide
7,000kW of electricity was supplied to the conference via diesel generators and 630Kw from the grid.
- Look at this photo of a 500kVA generator. It’s three times as big as the SUV! Now imagine trucking in (or maybe even flying in) enough of those things to generate 7000kW of electricity.
- They built eleven-football-fields worth of temporary structures for the 13-day negotiations on what three months earlier was an empty field.
- They laid concrete, installed plumbing, and flew in components from as far as France and Brazil.
- No hybrid or electric vehicles were seen at the event, even though Japan donated 121 electric and hybrid vehicles, chiefly for dignitaries. “Unfortunately, most didn’t arrive.”
- Delegates were ‘carried from hotels in more than 300 aging diesels as there was no train station’ nor any other public transit.
- Peru offered delegates free bicycles but ‘only 40 people used them in Lima as the roads are so dangerous’.
- Many delegates were hoping for the agreement before Sunday ‘when many were planning to FLY to the city of Cusco to visit the Machu Picchu site.’
Machu Picchu – I guess that answers any question as to why the conference was held in Peru. Next meeting is in December in the cheapo capital of France… nothing much to do there, either.
The talks were meant to conclude on Friday, but continued to run on Saturday even as the pavilions were being dismantled around the delegates.
In private many of the delegates grumbled that they were missing their planned trips to Machu Picchu.
Why have such a conference at all?
The United Nations says that to avoid “dangerous” climate change, the global temperature must not rise more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.
Note that they’re not saying above today’s levels, they’re saying pre-industrial levels.
They want to take us back to horse-and-buggy days!
To attain this destructive goal would require an end to the use of coal, oil and gas before the end of this century, unless new technologies can be developed to capture their emissions.
“We have built our world on fossil fuels and we are trying to get rid of the fossil fuels. It’s massive,” said Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary.
Thanks to Terry Breverton, Cardigan Island and Lyn Jenkins for these links