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.
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
"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
That party is what attracts people to attend the climate change
"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."
In a nation that is often described as "post-Christian," a spark
of revival might be on the horizon.