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Why Qatar? re: Climate talks

Chris Woodward   ( Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Climate talks are expected to wrap up this week, with little news in the way of sweeping changes. One climate change skeptic says it's more about exotic locales than anything else.

Morano, Marc (Climate Depot)The location for the latest round of talks is Qatar -- one of the more oil and gas-rich nations of the Middle East. That is precisely the point, according to Marc Morano, a former Senate staffer who now serves as executive director of Climate Depot.

"I normally attend all of these conferences. I've been to pretty much every single one since the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa," he tells OneNewsNow. "The fact that they go so far away, the fact that they don't use any new technologies [or] just meet in New York or London tells you there is something else at play here. What's at play is the United Nations knows how to throw a party."

That party is what attracts people to attend the climate change talks.

"I've been to Bali, I've been to Cancun, I've been to Kenya, to South America -- exotic locations, very nice places. I've stayed at five-star resorts on the ocean," Morano lists. "The United Nations picks exotic locales in order to attract people to come because not many people would want to go to one in Trenton, New Jersey. That's why they do this."

The skeptic suggests it is probably the biggest waste of money imaginable. He notes that while he worked for the Senate, his round-trip, business-class airline ticket (paid for by U.S. taxpayers) was $16,000.

Meanwhile, there are reports that nothing much is getting done in Qatar. After the first week of talks, the United Nations climate chief said people should consider their own role in solving the global climate change crisis because she did not see "much interest or support for governments to take on more ambitious and more courageous decisions."

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