The Copenhagen greenfest is over, happily. Roger Simon sums up what he saw there:
On the last day of COP 15, staring at a Jumbotron where Hugo Chavez was addressing the conference, something was nagging at me besides the obvious (that half the audience was enthusiastically applauding a maniac). I was trying to figure out what it was about the conference that so perplexed and disturbed. And then, before the Caudillo had concluded his tedious remarks and long before the “meaningful deal” between the world leaders was announced, I realized what it was. We had returned to the Middle Ages.
A high tech Middle Ages, of course, but still the Middle Ages. Forget the Renaissance, forget the Enlightenment, forget Spinoza, Locke, Galileo and everybody else, we had returned to our roots as gullible and idiotic human beings, as willing to believe in the primacy of anthropogenic global warming as we would in the sighting of the Madonna at a river crossing twelve kilometers south of Sienna in 1340.
Chavez was indeed a prominent presence at the conference, although what he had to do with global warming was never clear. Here, Chavez and fellow leftist Evo Morales go for a run in the snow. Irony is lost on these folks:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a fixture at international conferences; he, too, didn’t seem to have much interest in the climate:
The demonstrators in the street had no patience with the “world leaders” who failed to bring about a socialist paradise:
Reality never intruded, as Copenhagen endured near-blizzard conditions:
Roger Simon wanted to attend a freakish event featuring a rogues’ gallery of Raul Castro, Chavez and others, but couldn’t make it because of the weather:
Oh, and in case you’re interested, I never did get to that special event with Chavez, Morales, Raul Castro and Zelaya referred to in the post below. Turned out it was an hour out of Copenhagen in blizzard conditions. I don’t know if anybody went… or if Zelaya really was there… but certainly not me.
Roger wasn’t the only one discommoded by the weather: Nancy Pelosi had to cut her trip to Copenhagen short to hurry home on account of the blizzard that is descending on the East coast.