Donnerstag, Dezember 17, 2009

Copenhagen, Farce and Queanbeyan...

This is funny. If it weren't so absurd...

Check update 3 here.

Ian Fry, the lead negotiator for the island nation of Tuvalu, gave an emotional speech in Copenhagen, saying:

I woke up this morning crying, and that's not easy for a grown man to admit, the fate of my country rests in your hands.

As the papers said, tears welled from his eyes as he said this, and the crowd erupted with wild applause. It was the perfect moment to show how a citizen of one small island nation cares so much about the saving the planet.

The only problem?

He's not from Tuvalu. He's Australian. It's not his country.

Further, he doesn't even live in Tuvalu. He lives in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, and that's ... 144 km from the coast. A two-hour drive. And yes, there's a car in his driveway. And he lives in an air-conditioned house. He's been living there for the last 10 years, as well. He's a career environmentalist, was a political liaison officer for Greenpeace, and has found his niche in the Warming Industry, representing small island nations.

There are those who fear that Copenhagen will end in farce as procedural problems derail the talks.

Got news for y'all: it already is a farce.

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