Yvo de Boer
On CNBC World (the “global” version of the Commercial NBC network – a Finance and Trade channel) the European crew were interviewing a few folks all Gung Ho on Cap and Trade.
It’s an interesting window into another world… The Europeans seem hell bent on self destruction via Cap and Trade and excessive taxes and have an attitude that everyone else better damn well join them in the handbasket they are weaving for their trip on the road to hell. First was an interview with a Danish madam (who’s name has fled my brain) who is some sort of apparatchik pushing for cap and trade. Then came an interview with one Yvo de Boer.
Yvo had several chilling things to pontificate about, but before I “go there”, a bit of background. A few seconds with Google yielded that he is the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary. OK, that explains his rabid attitude about the need to control the world, suck up buckets of money, and mandate energy policies…
But a bit more yielded this bit: He’s tendered his resignation so he can go work for KPMG.
Oddly, while the article has KPMG in the title, is says nothing about KMPG in the body.
What we do have:
AMSTERDAM — The sharp-tongued U.N. official who shepherded troubled climate talks for nearly four years announced his resignation Thursday, leaving an uncertain path to a new treaty on global warming.
Exhausted and frustrated by unrelenting bickering between rich and poor countries, Yvo de Boer said he will step down July 1 to work in business and academia.
With no obvious successor in sight, fears were voiced that whoever follows will be far less forceful than the skilled former civil servant from the Netherlands.
So we have a PITA with a mouth on him who’s a bit frustrated. Well, at least there’s some good in the news.
His departure takes effect five months before 193 nations reconvene in Cancun, Mexico, for another attempt to reach a worldwide legal agreement on controlling greenhouse gas emissions, blamed for the gradual heating of the Earth that scientists predict will worsen weather-related disasters.
The resignation “comes at the worst time in the climate change negotiations,” said Agus Purnomo, Indonesia’s special presidential assistant on climate change. “His decision will ultimately add to the difficulties we already have in reaching a successful outcome in Mexico.”
And there is even a bit of positive news from it in that it’s a bit more sand in the apparatchik gears. Fine with me.
That article DOES have a link to:
That does say he’s likely off to KPMG:
De Boer became known as “the crying Dutchman” after he broke down in tears at the end of the Bali UN climate conference in 2006. But is the world’s most experienced climate change negotiator and the UN faces a difficult task finding a replacement at this late stage in what have been called the most complex negotiations that have been attempted under the UN system.
The job had become increasingly difficult following mounting distrust between rich and poor countries and their refusal by both rich and poor countries to compromise on fundamental issues.
He said that he had begun looking for a new job last year before the summit. He is expected to become a consultant on climate and sustainability issues for global accountancy firm KPMG.
His emotional instabilities are clear (Crying? Really?)… but it’s that KPMG hook that’s of note. He’s off to join the rest of the politically connected at the consultancy trough… (Remind me to doubt the veracity of any financial reports from companies with KMPG as their auditor. When folks are playing those kinds of games, the are not just being auditors. Reminds me of the Arthur Anderson behaviours.)
I guess we know what is motivating all that push for “climate change” legislation. The money trough at the end of the apparatchik rainbow.
FWIW, Mr. Boer was strongly advocating the need for BOTH “Cap and Trade” AND energy taxes. In his opinion there was just no possible way the world could survive without both being implemented globally and on all countries. He lamented woefully how horrid it would be if the USA wanted to join the third world countries at the free ride line…
And the news anchor was just lapping it up.
I’m left to wonder if most Europeans are that brainwashed, or if it’s a politically party line at NBC ( owned by GE last I looked – poised to make millions off of selling wind turbines…)
In either case, I think I’ll swap over to Bloomberg… ( Fox Business runs paid infomercials rather than actual business news as the Asian markets close and the European markets open. Go figure. Heck, I’d even watch the twelfth rerun of their daily news shows before I’d watch an infomercial… though some actual news can’t be that hard. An Asian and European stock ticker and a couple of talking heads? Beats another vacuum cleaner add from someone with a grating voice…)
OK, enough of a rant. It just really caught me off guard how condescending and entitled the EU / UN Mandarins could act. I’d complain more about the European penchant to put the yoke of bad government around their necks, but we in the USA seem to be headed that way at high speed too these days. (California has it’s own version of Cap and Tax, and so is in an economic tailspin with no end in sight.) Is there nowhere left in the world with a sane government and a dedication to individual freedoms?