I am here in Cancun, Mexico investigating the U.N. Climate Change Conference to see what sort of wonderful solutions to save our very planet are being planned for all of us here in sunny Mexico. It’s always nice that we can come to save the planet… at a nice resort hotel complex… on a beach… in a moderate clime… isn’t it?
For those of you that are unaware of what this conference is about, this conference is being called COP16/CMP6. That stands for — prepare to doze off here — the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). Just like the UN to puff itself up with grand sounding titles, isn’t it?
And it’s a good thing we are here in time to save the earth, too. I mean what with thousands of delegates having winged their way here on private jets and as they drive themselves about in fleets of armored SUVs, as well as the hundreds if not a thousand or more Agentes Policiacos Federales and military personnel driving about in trucks toting machine guns and armored vests to keep us all safe from drug cartels, why it’s about the nick of time that we are here to save the planet.
After a thankfully uneventful flight from Chicago to Cancun, Mexico I settled in at the beautiful CasaMagna Marriott in a nice room with a view of the ocean. It was overcast and drab on Wednesday, but Thursday came bright and sunny with a cooling wind.
Wednesday night we had a little gathering where Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity (my host for the trip) addressed us about the coming days. AFP had come to COP16/CMP6 to let these UN types know that despite Hilary Clinton’s promise of one billion of our tax dollars to help the UN “fight global warming” we the people intended to cancel that check. (See the check below)
That night I had a scrumptious dinner with scintillating conversation about all things political with Tim Phillips, AFP New Media Director Erik Telford, and renowned bloggers Maggie Thurber of Thurber’s Thoughts, Elizabeth Crum, Tweeter extraordinaire Melissa Clouthier, comedian and writer Stephen Kruiser, and Caleb Howe of Redstate.com. Naturally, Caleb was late, missed dinner because he went to McDonald’s instead. But he WAS in time for drinks. If you know Caleb you won’t be surprised by that at all.
Later tonight we will have a live broadcast from Cancun that AFP is calling The Hot Air Tour.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference is meeting in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 — December 10 2010 where bureaucrats will work to transfer wealth and technology from developed to developing nations by raising the cost of traditional energy. But before these international bureaucrats get to “work”, they decided to throw a lavish party for themselves.
See the broadcast at AFP’s Hot Air Tour, Bureaucrats Gone Wild website.
I took some video of an eco house that will be up over the weekend once I get home. (Can’t process it here in Mexico).
More on this trip coming but in the meantime here are a few photos of the day so far…
View from the hotel room.
The AFP gang waiting for the bus to take them to the NGO area.
AFP Pres. Tim Phillips and two lovely ladies from Cincinnati, Ohio with the giant check.
Mr. Phillips and me at the eco village exhibit.