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UN Climate Conference Has Biggest Carbon Footprint Yet

Dec. 10, 2014

With all the clamoring about an imminent crisis that ostensibly stems from the world’s fossil-fuel addiction, you’d think the least alarmists would do is set an example. Modern technology like video chat make it not just possible, but easy and far more cost-effective to have face-to-face discussions without the time, energy and money needed for travel. In Peru, the United Nations’ Lima Climate Change Conference is wrapping up, and, suffice to say, the carbon footprint is a doozy. “The Lima conference is expected to have the biggest carbon footprint of any U.N. climate meeting measured to date,” the AP reported. “At more than 50,000 metric tons of carfb/phbon dioxide, the negotiations’ burden on global warming will be about 1 ½ times the norm, said Jorge Alvarez, project coordinator for the U.N. Development Program. The venue is one big reason. It had to be built.” Moreover, variable sunshine made solar power unrealistic, and attempts to connect with Peru’s hydroelectric power proved unsuccessful. Instead, “the talks are relying exclusively on diesel generators,” the AP noted. Wouldn’t want them to meet without air conditioning, now, would we? More…

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