CPh v.11.2 : a little shop of horrors : Pre-COP15 retroscope (part1): The Inspirations for Cap+Trade

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{ “Let’s Make a Deal” : Tony + Arnold in L.A. in Oct. at GGCS 2 }

Look at the movie Saturday Night Fever. That movie came out and no matter what government agencies you would have had in the world, and what kind of coordination from the U.N. you would not have gotten that many discothèques built in one year … [ laughter + cheers ] … and it was one movie! - Arnold Schwarzenegger at GGCS2 Climate Summit in L.A. 10/09

CPh is Not so much About climate change, as it is about the Operating System, on a machine that don’t float, for a user that forgot how to swim, and a culture that forgot how to think…Podopolog

Two months prior to COP15, leaders met in Beverly Hills for GGCS2 under the guidance of Mr. Hummer – Free – Market – Solutions himself… Schwarzenegger w/ guests like Tom Friedman ( yes, he really said That! and oh so much more ), Tony Blair Witch, Rob f*cking Lowe?? ( hahaha) … and … “an alliance of states, provinces and regional governments” to influence upcoming negotiations on a new global climate treaty in Copenhagen.

GGCS2 appears pathetically under-reported online. According to the archival clips on Youtube from this summit, Schwarzenegger signed the AB32 deal, 3 years ago immediately after another one of Blair’s “inspiring” visits to California. Long story, we won’t have time to retrace all that here, but suffice to say it was the beginning of the “Governator’s” big move to wearing Big Green Ties, and it certainly won him the title of regional man on the move for environmental action, which might be like saying he’s now the World Wrestling Foundation’s spokesman/character for saving the planet. Some might say that this popular sort of appeal is the only way to get these kinds of policies moving, but to many on the left Arnold is the Neo-Con in funny green tights in the All New/Same Old episode of a 3-ring tv/hollywood circus .

California pushes a lot of progressive trends across the rest of the country ( and beyond), so what gets achieved there is no laughing matter, the problem is that this all clearly has its roots in neo-liberal free market ideology, now migrating into betting on solutions for climate change, and if you don’t know the Cap+Trade story, Watch This! ( XLt repost). It’s becoming about as debunked as climate change skeptics/deniers. And any business strategists who had a hand in Enron might be better trusted with a plunger to solve backed up toilets in a maximum security prison, but ONLY IN AMERICA ( and the UK) would they then rise again to further power as Climate Policy advocates. OH, maybe they should call in Katrina Brownie ( Michael D. Brown of FEMA fame ) to be on their team too.

The CCSG2 youtube clips are an AMAZING RESOURCE for journalists and culture jammers alike. Don’t miss Rob Lowe’s intro where he says the ” the Man who made Cap + Trade almost as famous as “I’ll be Back ” … and we are currently searching thru them for more gems. Here’s a general post about CCSG2 at Huffington Post and AB32 critique at Indybay

Note: While there may be positive things (like interesting regional initiatives concepts that bypass national structures) in AB32, a scheme by this crew surely needs some Large + Fine print analysis. And it’s being pushed at Cop15. Arnold said back in Oct. he’s attending CPH. And yes he is now there. Reports were just coming in late last nite on his impact. See more below…

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{ Awww, it’s a love fest ! Cap + Trade brought to you by the Blood Bros. of Iraq, Tom + Tony, along with the Governator who brought you the Hummer and is now all Green + Fuzzy for some new Free Market Enterprising. }

Part 2?: The Debates Surrounding Green Capitalism,

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While we assemble more on Part 2, here’s Rob Eshelman’s interview with Oscar Reyes of Carbon Trade Watch for The Nation and why it won’t work.

And here’s Tina Gerhardt’s latest fantastic report from Day 9 at CPH. Note : Schwarzenegger mentioned here with interesting juxtaposition to the views of Lester Brown, but more on that later, and sorry, no time to format for the web, we’ll try to come back and fix:

Here’s a wrap up of Tuesday’s summit and actions.
1. Summit
Amidst continued discussions about the length of lines to get into the COP 15
as snow and temperatures fell, the sound of the ticking clock weighed more heavily on the summit.
- Leaders talk ahead of climate summit climax (if it is to be one!)
Four heads of state conducted a 50 min. videoconference today to coordinate positions:
U.S. President Obama; UK Prime Minister Brown; French President Sarkozy; and German
Chancellor Merkel. Yet according to another outlet, Merkel expressed skepticism that this
week’s talks will result in an agreement. (Suppress cynical comment.)
- One country added to negotiations: Somalia – bringing headcount to 193

- Schwarzenegger at COP 15
Tuesday afternoon, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addressed the COP 15; he encouraged international agreements but said they won’t be enough to combat global warming.
(NY mayor Michael Bloomberg argued the same point this afternoon.)
“The world’s governments alone cannot make the progress that is needed on global climate change,” Schwarzenegger says in remarks prepared for delivery at the 192-nation conference. “They need the cities, the states, the provinces, the regions.”
It’s an argument that Lester Brown has put forth in interviews and in his book Plan B 4.0:
Mobilizing to Save Civilization (2009). (The previous edition of the book can be read free on-line at http://www.earth-policy.org/index.php?/books/pb3/pb3_table_of_content s.)
In an interview the BBC conducted with Brown in late October, he sd. intl agreements will not solve climate change. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004t1t6
He said: “I think, and this might surprise some, that International climate agreements might be obsolete.
It takes years to get them in an agreed upon form for presentation and then ratified.
I don’t think we should count on Copenhagen to save civilization.

What I see when I look around the world are movements that are promoting change
without waiting for international agreements.

For example, I look at the extraordinary powerful movement in the United States to ban coal power.
They did not say we have to wait until Europe agrees or Russia agrees. They did what they thought needed to be done.
We’re in a race between natural tipping points and political tipping points.”
International agreements take, as we are seeing here at COP 15, too long to agree on and, another issue present at Copenhagen, are difficult to enforce. At the COP 15, discussions about monitoring -
or in COP 15 speak, about whether or not carbon emissions reductions are MRV (measurable, reportable, verifiable) – have been front and center.
I recommended Brown’s book to Rob, who was at the time working on an article for a special climate change issue of The Nation, edited by Christian Parenti. (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091207)
Rob had noticed a similar argument emerging as he was researching what was holding up clean energy development in the U.S. See “Where’s the Clean Energy?”      http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091207/eshelman
Three years ago, Schwarzenegger committed California to cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs)
to 1990 levels by 2020, about a 30 percent cut from projected emissions. The statewide mandate was the first in the United States.
- Angry Mermaid Award
Naomi Klein announced the winner of the Angry Mermaid Award, which goes to the worst corporate climate lobby group. (The award was open to the public and to on-line voting.) Third Place goes to the American Petroleum Institute; second place goes to Royal Dutch Shell; and first place goes to Monsanto. While oil is more commonly discussed as polluting, Klein said, the disastrous consequences
of genetically modified foods are less often considered.
2. Klimaforum 09 – the Alternative Summit
At the alternative summit, a panel featuring George Monbiot (author of bestseller Heat), Lutz Meyer and Niels Meyer discussed the current nuclear renaissance in various countries.
Christian Parenti addresses this issue vis-a-vis the U.S. in “Zombie Nuke Plants”: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091207/parenti
The climate legislation recently proposed by Senators Kerry, Lieberman and Graham will increase of the nuclear, coal and oil industries, proving billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize what Parenti outlines are dangerous nuclear plants. On the proposed legislation, see also
http://motherjones.com/environment/2010/01/bailout-nuclear
http://motherjones.com/mojo/2009/12/kerry-lieberman-graham-climate-b ill-will-include-nuclear-incentives
3. Tuesday’s Demos and Actions

- Resistance is Ripe: Agricultural Action Day
Today’s RESISTANCE IS RIPE! demo was for Agricultural Action Day.
The demo started at 12:00 noon at the Islands Brygge near the Langebro bridge.
http://www.climate-justice-action.org/news/2009/11/01/resistance-is- ripe-agriculture-action-day/
About two hundred persons gathered, distributing and eating food, and carrying banners that read
“Food System Change not Climate Change.” The demo moved across town to Norreport metro station,
the official end of the demonstration. Activists continued on, despite the thick snow that started to fall.
The police at some point intervened in the demo and confiscated the vegetable oil that the truck
accompanying the demo used. The demo disbanded around 3:00 or 4:00 pm.
- More arrests

At 3:00 pm, as the demo was ending, a CJA press conference at the alternative summit / Klima Forum was ending. Tadzio (Mueller) was arrested by plain clothes police officers.

- Tomorrow’s Reclaim the Power action

Tomorrow’s “Reclaim the Power” has been organized by the Climate Justice Action (CJA) network.
Affinity groups will make their way to the border of the Bella Center’s conference area from various directions, meeting at the fence at 10:00 a.m. There are various blocks and strategies: the blue block will move along the police-approved route; the green block will quickly and nimbly work its way to another point in the fence and seek to break through; and a bike block will swarm.
The mass action will seek to enter the COP 15 at Bella Center to hold a Peoples’ Assembly for climate justice. Some of the major organizations involved include Via Campesina, the largest farmers’ movement in the world, calling for land sovereignty and relocalization of food production; the Climate Caravan, which has travelled from the WTO talks in Geneva to the UN climate talks in Copenhagen to draw links between trade and climate change; and See You In Copenhagen,
a network of Italian social centers, student networks and groups such as Ya Basta!
Meanwhile, groups inside the Summit will start to disrupt the sessions and mobilize people to leave the negotiations and participate in the People’s Assembly.
At 12:00 pm  the People’s Assembly will start at the main entrance to the Bella Center.
Our goal is to disrupt the sessions and open a space inside the UN area to hold the People’s Assembly. The assembly will give a voice to those who are not being heard, it will be an opportunity to change the agenda, to discuss the real solutions, to send a clear message to the world calling for climate justice.
http://www.climate-justice-action.org/news/2009/08/14/december-16th- 18th/
The call ends with the following paragraph:
“Reclaim Power! is a confrontational mass action of non-violent civil disobedience. We will overcome any physical barriers that stand in our way, including police lines and fences, – but we will not respond with violence if the police try to escalate the situation, nor create unsafe situations; we will be there to make our voices heard!”
Which brings us back to my previous post about last night. The debate is on.
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/we-dont-want -violence-we-want-to-get-our-voices-heard-says-protesters-1840942.ht ml
This meeting at the gate is what Rob has referred to as the “inside-outside strategy.”
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/copenhagen/505282/coming_soon_to_cop1 5_protests
That is, are the ongoing demonstrations outside the summit putting pressure on the negotiations?
And what effect will the demonstrations have on the summit when the two meet at the gate?

tbc…

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