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AS THEY SAY, YOU CANNOT MAKE IT UP:  The president is in another world. or maybe he's just taking orders from Barack or Hillry.  From the New York Post: 

In a pathetic bid to “show results” from the latest global climate-change confab, the Biden administration followed Western Europe’s hysterical lead by signing on to a lunatic “climate reparations” scheme.

It’s beyond outrageous. It won’t even bring any progress in reducing global carbon emissions, the supposed goal of the COP-27 meetings. If it works as promised, it’s just another wealth transfer from wealthy nations to the (largely corrupt) governing class of poor countries.

The just-ended climate talks in Egypt brought few if any new commitments to reduce emissions; too much of the developed world is racing to find new sources of gas, oil and even coal in the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

So, instead, the “we need some progress” crew opted for vows from wealthier countries, supposedly the biggest climate-change offenders, to fork over funds to poorer ones claiming to have suffered “losses and damage” from climate-triggered natural disasters. (The United States had resisted the deal but caved after the European Union signed on.)

World leaders hope to finalize the fine print (i.e., who pays what to whom, and how) over the next year, but America will surely be squeezed for the biggest sums of all. Meanwhile, China — which spews more CO2 than United States and Europe put together — is exempt because UN climate-change rules consider it a “developing” nation.

No matter that Western nations already ship billions to poorer ones, in the form of general economic aid and to promote climate measures. Nor are most of the Third World “climate-caused disasters” clearly that: It’s just that global media, fully on board with the hysteria, refuse to check the favored narrative.

Nor will average citizens of countries that get funds likely ever see a cent of the new aid themselves: The narrative demands ignoring how their kleptocratic leaders behave. These countries count as “victims,” so no questions can be asked.

COMMENT:  Utterly pathetic, but typical of the kind of scheme that Democratic Party operatives admire.  They will all feel so good about themselves.  They'll tell their college alumni magazines about all their fine climate work.  They'll get to sit with the adults at Washington banquets.  Who could ask for anything more?

If you're getting the sense that the United States is run by adolescents, you may well be right.   Unfortunately, they have large expense accounts.

November 22-23, 2022