Even if we are to believe our increasingly discredited scientists, the billions mentioned won't even stop the global temperature rising by at least 2 degrees Celsius. Countries won't bankrupt themselves, or restrict their economic growth in a vain attempt to merely slow down global warming just a little. World leaders have been able to grandstand to their heart's content, safe in the knowledge that their headline grabbing promises would evaporate along with their jet contrails leaving Copenfaken. Job done.
Here are just some of the reactions from the non-governmental attendees:
OXFAM: Copenhagen verdict: Historic moment, historic gathering, historic cop out.
We’re at the end of a two year UN process that has culminated in two weeks of wrangling, posturing and displays of political self-interest by rich nations in Copenhagen. World leaders have produced a hollow deal that has let down people around the world.FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL:
Copenhagen has been an abject failure. Justice has not been done. By delaying action, rich countries have condemned millions of the world's poorest people to hunger, suffering and loss of life as climate change accelerates. The blame for this disastrous outcome is squarely on the developed nations.GREENPEACE UK:
The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport. There are no targets for carbon cuts and no agreement on a legally binding treaty. It seems there are too few politicians in this world capable of looking beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest, let alone caring much for the millions of people who are facing down the threat of climate change.After reading that, it's hard to believe that Gordon Brown has been sporting that fake (and cringe worthy) smile of his on TV telling everyone how great this deal is, and how he is going to save the world all over again.