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Hey Senate: Fund International Adaptation October 15, 2009

Posted by Morgan in climate bill.

Hey Senate! Yeah, you, the guys behind the big desk! Look at our big signs that say “Global Treaty Now” and “Fund International Adaptation” And whatever you do, don’t listen to the hack from the American Enterprise Institute!

Today Senator Menendez (D-NJ) hosted a Foreign Relations sub-committee hearing specifically on international adaptation. Four of the 5 panelists spoke very highly of the need for the US to get on board with the rest of world and fund adaptation, listing reasons like the moral humanitarian obligation, the security obligation, and mostly the political necessity of having bargaining power in Copenhagen. See my post yesterday on why this is a huge part of a global deal.

Mr. Kenneth Green of the American Enterprise Institute, everyone’s favorite partner in making the world a better place, was there, touting his worn out and contradictory market approaches to solving climate change. And we were right there behind him, wearing snorkels. When we asked him afterward if he wanted one of the snorkels, as a free-market, personal approach to climate resilience, he considered taking one, then replied that he already had a personal flotation device built-in and patted his stomach. I’m glad he’s thinking ahead.

Some highlights:

Green: I don’t like these adaptation projects. I’m more of the opinion that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
Oxfam and ActionAID: Most of the programs we’re talking about – drip irrigation, floating gardens, etc. are about teaching people how to be more resilient.

Green: I don’t think migration is a bad thing. We want people to move out of risky areas with less chance of drought or flooding.
Crowd, in their heads: Where are they going to move to?

Green: We should giving poor countries our expertise and advice, not building things for them or giving them supplies.
Menendez: So even if we’re going to give them ‘advice’ we need a way to do that, and that costs money. Lets agree, as a foundational question, that we’re going to have to spend some money here.

Luckily, Senator Menendez wasn’t having any of the shenanigans. Senators Cardin and Shaheen both had a great grasp of the realities about getting a climate treaty in Copenhagen. Too bad they had to drag out the side-show of AEI. But when there’s the need to call attention to something stupid going on, Ac Fac is there!

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