Copenhagen Roundup Dec. 15, 2009

Al Gore’s office admitted that the percentage he quoted in his speech was from an old, ballpark figure

GreenTracker| Al Gore Misquotes the Facts

Al Gore may hae been treated like a rock star in Copenhagen, but he included inaccurate information in his presentation, just adding more fuel to the sloppy research and tyranical research accusations from the Climategate folks.

Gore stated that there’s a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.

Mr Gore was relying upon the work of climatologist Dr Wieslav Maslowski who responded immediately, saying: “It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at. I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore. via London Times


America’s Green Tech Support for Developing Countries

US secretary of energy Steven Chu delivers his statement during a press conference at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Photograph: Heribert Proepper/APThe Obama’s administration’s secretary of energy Steven Chu tried to minimize problems between the US and developing countries by announcing a $350 fund for the development of green technologies. The fund will be used for the development of renewable energy projects.

In his comments likened the breaithrough to that of seed technology which launched the “green” revoluton in India and other parts of Asia.

Former American vice-president Al Gore released two new reports on the melting of polar ice in the Arctic. Gore told the packed audience that there was a 75% chance that the entire ice cap could be ice-free in summer in the next 5-7 years. (see above clarification)

We note that many climate sceptics think this is not a problem, that the change will open up an important new shippping channel for commerce. See Steven Chu pledges $350 million clean tech fund to sweeten deal at Copenhagen The Guardian

Timing Concerns Grow

As we head into midnight in America, word is that the posturing is going on behind closed doors. Officially, way too much is being left undone for the leaders to be arriving soon.

US and China

Todd Stern, the chief American negotiator, acknowledged that Monday had been a difficult day but said that progress continued.

“In any big and complicated negotiation, and this may be the biggest and most complicated ever, it never goes smoothly,” he said. “It never goes as planned. There’s always bumps. There’s always zigs and zags, people getting up and down, and that’s to be expected.” via NYTimes

China says no verification of claims and US says “no deal” then.

Britain’s Ed Miliband says China is serious about reducing emissions but verification is necessary. He Yafei, the Chinese vice foreign minister, said China’s laws would guarantee compliance and verification was a deal buster.

The poor states — actually more than the Africans —  returned to the table after stopping traffic at a subway station in Copenhagen. No comment.

Different Views of Emissions by Country

This Wall Street Journal article frames some of the key issues and shows US “culpability” in global warming from several perspectives. See Tensions Inverase as Poor Nations Stage a Protest.