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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Dec. 23, 2009 / 6 Teves 5770

Clueless in Copenhagen

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "He came, he saw, he disappointed," wrote Mark Hertsgaard of Vanity Fair of President Obama's visit to the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen last weekend.

Mr. Obama had to leave the summit early because what turned out to be the biggest blizzard since 1932 was bearing down on Washington. Before boarding Air Force One, the president hailed an "accord" worked out among the U.S., China, India, Brazil and South Africa as an "unprecedented breakthrough."

Both global warmists and skeptics knew it was neither.

The nonbinding agreement set a goal of holding global temperature increases to no more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, but didn't say how. It sorta kinda pledged a $100 billion a year (by 2020) fund to help poor nations adapt to climate change — but didn't actually set it up, or say who would pay how much, or who would get the money, under what condidtions.

The German magazine "Der Spiegel" described the deal as "limpid," and declared that "Copenhagen was an all out failure."

"This toothless declaration, being spun by the U.S. as an historic success, reflects contempt for the multilateral process and we expect more from our Nobel Prize winning president," said Kate Horner of Friends of Earth.

"This deal…is nothing short of climate change skepticism in action," said Lumumba Di-Aping, chief negotiator for the Group of 77 Third World nations.

Those skeptical of the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) happily agreed.

"The whole exercise looks more and more like the Woody Allen joke about trying to find a framework to turn a concept into an idea," said Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute.

That Copenhagen would fail was a foregone conclusion, because neither China, the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide, nor India would agree to restrictions on CO2 emissions which would cripple their economies.

But apparently nobody told that to President Obama, who violated once again the first rule of summits: Heads of state don't show up unless a deal is already in place.

You'd think Mr. Obama would have learned that from his last visit to Copenhagen. He went there in October to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago, and came home with empty hands and egg on his face.

In Copenhagen this time, the president undermined both his own reputation and the slim prospects a meaningful agreement could be reached.

Mr. Hertsgaard described the president's speech to the delegates from 192 nations as "surprisingly lackluster."

"Obama's speech disappoints and fuels frustration in Copenhagen," said the Guardian, a left wing British newspaper.

"His eight minutes of remarks signaled a global train wreck," said David Corn of Mother Jones magazine.

Mr. Obama was a loser in Copenhagen. So were the greenies who wanted a binding agreement.

"I expect 20 or 30 years from now, environmentalists will look back on global warming as the issue that ate their movement alive, and Copenhagen as the turning point," Mr. Hayward said.

But the biggest loser was the UN.

"Copenhagen was the last chance saloon not for the planet, which does not need saving, but for the UN's world government wannabes," said Lord Christopher Monckton. "The eco-Nazis' attempt at a global coup de etat has failed, and no such attempt is likely to succeed again."

Viscount Monckton is a prominent AGW skeptic. But his conclusion was shared by many ardent true believers.

"The best chances of reining in emissions of greenhouse gases and avoiding dangerous climate change is to stamp a big green R.I.P. over the sprawling United Nations process that the Copenhagen talks were part of," wrote Sharon Begley, science reporter for Newsweek.

"The chaotic Copenhagen summit showed up the UN's shortcomings more clearly than ever," agreed Der Spiegel.

" The UN process can no longer be the central focus of global efforts to confront climate change," wrote Michael Levi in the liberal Webzine Slate.

Both Ms. Begley and Der Spiegel recommended following an approach of voluntary regional accords first proposed by George W. Bush, an approach also favored by Harvard economist Robert Stavins.

For President Obama, that had to be the unkindest cut of all.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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