RIO DE JANEIRO – Climate Depot’s Executive Editor Marc Morano addressed the UN’s Rio +20 Earth Summit on June 20 and 21. Following a video presentation by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Morano addressed a packed room at a CFACT press conference at the UN complex in Rio, followed by a hostile Q&A session. (Selected video highlights available here.)
Update: Watch Morano’s full opening statement to UN Earth Summit here.
Selected Highlights of Morano’s statement to UN: “What a difference 20 years makes. This is a mockery of where we were 20 years.
I challenge UN activists, environmentalists, Greenpeace, and the media to ask Sec. Hillary Clinton what the objective here in Rio is for the U.S. Her objective is nothing more than to check a box and get the hell out of town. She is going to be conning people if you believe she is here for substantive agreement.
We are witnessing an historic moment in history of UN. UN IPCC chair Pachauri is now saying global warming is but a secondary problem to sustainability. The UN is now saying saving species is a greater urgency than global warming. They have now thrown global warming under the bus in favor of species extinction.
Failure here is good for the world’s poor people. Failure is the only option for this conference if you care about the environment and poor people. Carbon based energy has been one of the greatest liberators of mankind in the history of our planet.
James Lovelock, the father of the modern green movement says “sustainable development” is “meaningless drivel”.
I will go further and say we need to redefine sustainable development as oil, gas, coal — energy that works and energy that lifts people out of poverty.”
[End Morano statement.]
Selected Excerpts of CFACT speakers at UN press conference:
CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker: “While we stand here, 1.4 billion people are suffering in poverty…Any hope they have of rising out of poverty is being threatened by the negotiations here at Rio+20. […] There is no imminent eco-disaster. We must not sell the potential prosperity of the poor for the dirty rags of sustainable development. Human beings must come first. In fact, history has shown that the environment is best protected when humans prosper. It is no coincidence that the regions of the world with the best air and the purest water are the also the ones that have the most advanced economies and used conventional development to get there. On the other hand, the poor cannot afford to care for the environment when every day is a matter of survival. Nature suffers when people suffer.”
CFACT President David Rothbard: “People are not pollution. People are not a disease. People are the greatest natural resource on the Earth…The way to help the environment, is to lift people up out of poverty. Unleash their abilities through political and economic freedom. Not a top down approach, not one environmental crises after another designed to have people give over more of their political rights, more of their economic freedom to unelected bureaucrats or government regulators. But allowing people to flourish so that people and nature can flourish together.”
Lord Christopher Monckton: “And now having failed with global warming. Because it is not happening as they said it would. There is no reason to suppose it will happen as they say it would. They have now come up with sustainable development. This means pretty much whatever you want to mean. You can say it is about gender equality and women’s empowerment – mentioned at least 5 times in pre-session drat negotiating text. It’s about all kinds of fashionable left-wing Marxist and other socialist causes. It is not in fact about the environment and it is not about development.”
Lord Monckton Reports From Rio: A ‘MAD GIG’: ‘The new religion turned normal floodlighting of towering statue of Christ to an unpleasant, lurid green, so that He looks like a giant jelly-bean’ – ‘The UN has had its day. Time to abolish it, in an act symbolic of the freedom and democracy that we, the people, intend to keep for ourselves whether the dictators-in-waiting and their fawning lickspittles in the mainstream news media like it or not’
Maurice Strong invented ‘sustainable development’ — ‘Thrashed out the basis for an accommodation between environmentalism & the Third World’s development ambitions’ — ‘Economic growth is good for the environment of poor countries but bad for the environment of rich ones. Sustainable development had something for both: sustainability for the greens, development for the developing world. That it harbored a fundamental contradiction was not in the interests of either to explore’
Climate Depot’s Morano tells UN Earth Summit in Rio: ‘Failure here is good for the world’s poor people’ — ‘Carbon based energy is one of the greatest liberators of mankind’ — ‘Morano challenged billionaires like Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson in attendance to reduce their own ‘carbon footprint’ before lecturing the planet’s neediest populations about their alleged harmful impact on the environment’
Earth summit dawns with stormier clouds than in 1992 — ‘Rio+20 is full of absences’ — ‘The days of hope and idealism are over. Rich countries have little new to offer, and China, Brazil, India and other rapidly emerging economies are now in the development driving seat’
Watch Now: Sen Inhofe: ‘No one is better than Marc Morano with ClimateDepot.Com, Lord Moncton, David Rothbard, Craig Rucker & the rest of CFACT team at exposing the far left env. agenda’ — Inhofe: ‘Pres. Obama is running for reelection and is too busy trying to tell American voters that he is the new fossil fuels President and that he actually supports the development of oil, gas and coal. I don’t think that message would sell too well with his friends in the UN’
Cheers! UN’s Rio Earth Summit accord is epic failure, says Greenpeace — ‘Rio has turned into an epic failure. It has failed on equity, failed on ecology and failed on economy.’ — World Wildlife Fund: The document was a ‘colossal failure of leadership and vision.’
Christ Turns ‘Green’ at UN Earth Summit — (Literally) — Rio bathes iconic statue of Christ in green light — Green guru James Lovelock was right. He warned last week that ‘the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion.’
Time for Next Eco-Scare?! Obama follows lead of green movement and demotes global warming –UN now says case for saving species ‘more powerful than climate change’ — UN IPCC’s Pachauri throws AGW under the bus as he warns of ‘the larger problem of unsustainable development, of which climate change is at best a symptom’