It looks like WUWT is digging into the details of this now:
In an article authored by Ecotretas. Way to go Ecotretas!
I Try To Pretend It Isn’t So
I try to believe that the Global Warming debate is based in rational argument. That claims of someone being “bought off” or of things being a “political agenda” are just folks having paranoid fantasies.
But it’s very hard to ignore that when we have in their own words that folks were using money, blackmail, spying, and God Only Knows what else to leverage folks into doing what they did not want to do on their own.
While I was thinking Wikileaks had done horrible harm with releasing our “State Secrets”, I’m beginning to think that the very existence of State Secrets is a Very Bad Thing. Why? Because what’s come to the light of day shows that in the darkness of secrets you find cockroaches and corruption.
WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord
Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord
When I find myself in agreement with The Guardian, something serious is going on…
Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.
The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial “Copenhagen accord”, the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.
Negotiating a climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger warming poses to civilisation but also because re-engineering the global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions of dollars redirected.
Seeking negotiating chips, the US state department sent a secret cable on 31 July 2009 seeking human intelligence from UN diplomats across a range of issues, including climate change. The request originated with the CIA. As well as countries’ negotiating positions for Copenhagen, diplomats were asked to provide evidence of UN environmental “treaty circumvention” and deals between nations.
With that kind of browbeating, buying off, blackmailing, etc. it becomes almost laughably silly to worry about such petty things as a coordinated effort by the opposition to influence the media… or even the suborning of Peer Review, that we saw in Climategate, becomes a minor issue in comparison.
There is a whole lot more in the article, and a whole lot more articles will undoubtedly raise their own additional points. All I can say is that this makes a very good case for giving the State Department a budget of zero. Bribery ought not to be a ‘tool of diplomacy’ …
Perhaps the most audacious appeal for funds revealed in the cables is from Saudi Arabia, the world’s second biggest oil producer and one of the 25 richest countries in the world. A secret cable sent on 12 February records a meeting between US embassy officials and lead climate change negotiator Mohammad al-Sabban. “The kingdom will need time to diversify its economy away from petroleum, [Sabban] said, noting a US commitment to help Saudi Arabia with its economic diversification efforts would ‘take the pressure off climate change negotiations’.”
The Saudis did not like the accord, but were worried they had missed a trick. The assistant petroleum minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told US officials that he had told his minister Ali al-Naimi that Saudi Arabia had “missed a real opportunity to submit ‘something clever’, like India or China, that was not legally binding but indicated some goodwill towards the process without compromising key economic interests”.
So these clowns are using our tax dollars to buy favors around the world so that their friends and pals can make a bundle of money off of shady deals. And they say so in their own communications. And I thought I was being paranoid for thinking that the temperature data was being skewed in the computer codes that manipulate it. Little did I know…