Monday, December 07, 2009

Copenhagen, by the Numbers

It's all in the numbers, right?  With that in mind, here are assorted facts & figures from this week's Global Warming Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark:

  • 100,000,000,000 - Amount of money in transfer payments the delegates are expecting America to spend annually "to fight climate change" - *
  • 10,000,000,000 - Amount of money in transfer payments the delegates are expecting Canada to spend annually "to fight climate change" - *
  • 7,100,000,000 - Amount of money in transfer payments the delegates are expecting Australia to spend annually "to fight climate change" - *
  • 200,000 - Meals that'll be served to the attendees during the conference
  • 45,000 - Green "activists" attending
  • 40,584 - Amount of CO2 equivalent tons that will be generated by the conference
  • 16,000 - Delegates & officials attending
  • 5,000 - Journalists attending
  • 2010 - When the next climate change conference is planned, in Mexico City, should Copenhagen fail
  • 1,761 - The estimated increase in taxes the delegates are expecting each American family to pay each year
  • 1,400 - Danish prostitutes offering free sex to climate change attendees
  • 1,242 - Limousines being used
  • 960  - Per night cost in US$ of top hotel rooms being used
  • 360 - Cages installed in a former brewery to house 4,000 possible detainees
  • 192 - Countries attending
  • 140 - Private planes flying VIP delegates to Copenhagen
  • 100 - Number of developed countries whose commitments at the conference will be legally binding
  • 98 - World leaders attending
  • 83 - Percentage reduction in U.S. CO2 emissions that Obama has promised by 2050
  • 80 - Percentage reduction in CO2 emissions the delegates are seeking by 2050
  • 60 - Number of developing countries' annual CO2 emissions that are equivalent to those generated by this 12-day Copenhagen conference alone
  • 56 - Number of newspapers that published a common editorial regarding climate change - **
  • 41 - Number of scientists who have signed an Open Letter to the UN Secretary-General to say that the science is NOT settled.
  • 40 - Percentage reduction in CO2 emissions the delegates are seeking from China by 2020
  • 21 - Lines of verse of Al Gore's Climate Change poem that is circulating the conference
  • 20 - Percentage reduction in CO2 emissions the delegates are seeking from India by 2020
  • 17 - Percentage reduction in CO2 emissions the delegates are seeking from America by 2020
  • 12 - Days the conference will run
  • 2 - Degrees Celsius rise in global temperature by 2100 all of the above is supposed to prevent
  • 0 - Number of developing countries whose commitments at the conference will be legally binding 
* -  There are no details yet about how this money will be spent or to whom it will be given.
** - When asked why they didn't just stop publishing for the day, to send a true message about reducing energy, there was no comment.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So far 1 fossil award for Canada. With any luck we will get a clean sweep and bring them all home.

Rob C

Anonymous said...

Pelalusa; you sure that line #1 is correct? I was under the impression that Canada alone was on the hook for $9.1B (in year one)?

Pelalusa said...

As I said to Lorrie Goldstein, some numbers were in conflict from different reports. My understanding is that Developed Nations collectively will be on the hook for $10 Billion each year. Though Gordon Brown estimates it will be $100 Billion.

I'm fully willing to make corrections. Just post references here.

Anonymous said...

Canada's annual commitment that will emerge from Dopenhagen is $200 million CAD per year to some form of 'climate fund'.

You can add another number to your list, and thank your Conservative government for giving your money away to China. Or Russia. Or the Ukraine. Or maybe India. Or Brazil...

Anonymous said...

I'll try and find it, but I'm sure that I also read that Australia was on the hook for $7.1B in year one.
Also, I'm not clear on whether the first year's penalty translates into similar amounts in succeeding years; I was under the impression the first hit was a sort of mea culpa(?)...

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=514118

"Clause 33 on page 39 says that by 2020 the scale of financial flows to support adaptation in developing countries must be at least $US67 billion ($73bn), or in the range of $US70bn to $US140bn a year."
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/beware-the-uns-copenhagen-plot/story-e6frg6qx-1225791869745


-DaninVan

Anonymous said...

"Cap-and-trade, a scheme initially promoted by Enron to allow traders to profit at the expense of taxpayers, is currently before the U.S. Senate. According to the U.S. Treasury, this proposal includes between $100 billion and $200 billion in additional taxes a year, costing an additional $1,761 per family — equivalent to a 15% hike in the personal income tax."
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=514118

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/beware-the-uns-copenhagen-plot/story-e6frg6qx-1225791869745

"industrialized countries are to commit “at least 0.7%” of their annual GDP, above and beyond existing foreign aid commitments, to compensate the developing world for lost dignity and other distress (in Canada’s case, roughly $10-billion a year, based on current GDP levels, on top of the $4-billion already spent on foreign aid); and that the money will be deliverable to the United Nations, which will be in charge of handing it all out."

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/10/09/kevin-libin-copenhagen-plan-could-wreck-global-economy.aspx

That's that's 2 1/2 X what we already pay out in Foreign Aid, in addition to it!!!! Bend over, here comes the UN gravy train...

-DaninVan

Anonymous said...

Media bias:
did I ever get around to ranting about The Vancouver Sun's (Fri. Dec. 4th pg B1) inclusion of a disingenous photo and notation, alongside the top half article?
The pic is of Belchatow Power station, in Poland. a couple of towers are emitting clouds of STEAM...the notation reads "Smoke billows from the chimneys..."
A couple of seconds Googling reveals that Belchatow has been completely renovated and now meets or exceeds all of Europe's environmental standards and regulations. It was just completed last year.
No f***'n way the author and editor could not have known how journalistically unethical that juxtaposition and notation are.

-Daninvan

Ww said...

Another number - 141 . The number of scientists who have signed an Open Letter to Secretary-General of United Nations His Excellency Ban Ki Moon to say "Truly, the science is NOT settled."
http://www.copenhagenclimatechallenge.org/