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Copenhagen, week 2: Theater of the absurd

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Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

Thus far the commotion in Copenhagen over Earth's climate has led to predictable discords, from asinine assumptions based on "science" that's rapidly unwinding to outlandish wealth-transferring schemes.

The United Nations' big climate conference continues this week amid "a multitude of impasses, conflicts and dramas," notes The Boston Globe. Make that high dramas:

• Wide disagreements between wealthy and poor nations over emission-cutting goals without any meaningful regard for how the ultimate objective -- a reduction by 50 percent or more by 2050 -- will affect temperatures.

• A festering feud between the U.S. and China over what the former should pay Beijing in climate aid cash. And by the way, China doesn't want to be bound by law to do anything.

• The willingness by some European countries to pay billions to other nations in climate remediation without a hint of how such funding will be policed against fraud.

Never mind all those damaging e-mails from scientists from England's Climatic Research Unit, which earlier this year destroyed its original climate data set used by the U.N. as a primary reference.

What's rotten in Denmark, and so typical of the United Nations, is that the full burden of this swill will fall on the U.S., Europe and Japan while China, India and other nations will get a ticket to ride. We trust President Obama will not bow to such demands on his mission to the conference this week.

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