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Saturday, 26 December 2009

CARBON REDUCTION FAIL, BUDGETING FAIL, TRANSPARENCY FAIL

WWF says the Greek delegation in Copenhagen was more than 70-strong, counting scientists and NGOs

In its early formative days, however, the delegation was sized at ca. 30 by our own officials, again counting various hangers-on:

Even one of our naysaying politicians on the Right only had the figure at 69.

Now I would not be willing to bet that anybody flying to Copenhagen paid their own way, so we must at least have the receipts. Apparently some stayed for more than two weeks.

All of this makes the Greek delegation bigger than that of the UK (but not as big as that of newly enviro-sceptic Australia). For a country with few domestic carbon reductions and no development money to offer, not to mention GINORMOUS AMOUNTS OF DEBT, one cannot help but wonder what we were thinking.

But of course, one thing did come out of it. The holy grail of political PR in 2009: the Obama photo-op.


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