I was excited to see the Czech Republic President (and current European Union President) Vaclav Klaus in there as a keynote. And I see some other names I recognize, like Richard Lindzen of MIT who also gave a keynote address. I see Tom McClintock gave a keynote. He’s a solid conservative who ran against Arnold in the California gubernatorial race, after Gray Davis was dumped.
The only other people I recognize are Sen. John Sununu, Fred Singer and Roy Spencer. And Iain Murray, whose book I still have to buy.
Here’s something by Iain Murray in the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Open Market blog that’s relevant. The UN wants to impose a tax on wealthy nations to raise 750 billion dollars to stop ManBearPig global warming.
Achim Steiner, head of the UN Environment Program, has said that the global financial crisis provides an opportunity for a global green new deal.
Murray quotes Steiner in this Reuters article, on how he proposes to get the money:
“If, for argument’s sake, you were to put a five-year levy in OECD countries of $5 a barrel, you would generate $100 billion per annum. It translates into roughly 3 cents per liter,” he said.
“It would be almost, if not totally, unnoticed by the consumer”…
Remember a little while back, Sen. James Inhofe tried to stop UN global taxes? I don’t know if this counts as one, but it sounds like one to me!