Washington Times says; “Scams die hard, but eventually they die…You can get all the hotel rooms you want this week in Cancun.”

I liked this at the end of this excellent article which reports how many warmist Washington politicians have stayed away from Cancun.

“When the thrill is gone, the thrill is gone, as star-crossed lovers have learned through the ages, and when a scam collapses, it stays collapsed. The thought is enough to warm hearts all across the globe.”

Thanks to the Washington Times.

PRUDEN: Turn out the lights, the party’s over
By Wesley Pruden
The Washington Times
4:58 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2010
Scams die hard, but eventually they die, and when they do, nobody wants to get close to the corpse. You can get all the hotel rooms you want this week in Cancun.

The global-warming caravan has moved on, bound for a destination in oblivion. The United Nations is hanging the usual lamb chop in the window this week in Mexico for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, but the Washington guests are staying home. Nobody wants to get the smell of the corpse on their clothes.

Everybody who imagined himself anybody raced to Copenhagen last year for the global-warming summit, renamed “climate change” when the globe began to cool, as it does from time to time. Some 45,000 delegates, “activists,” business representatives and the usual retinue of journalists registered for the party in Copenhagen. This year, only 1,234 journalists registered for the Cancun beach party. The only story there is that there’s no story there. The U.N. organizers glumly concede that Cancun won’t amount to anything, even by U.N. standards.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California, who wrote and sponsored the cap-and-trade legislation last year, says he’ll be too busy with congressional business (buying stamps for the Christmas cards and getting a haircut and a shoeshine) even to think about going to Cancun. Last year, he joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and dozens of other congressmen in taking staffers and spouses to the party in Copenhagen. The junket cost taxpayers $400,000, but Copenhagen is a friendly town and a good time was had by all. This year, they’re all staying home, learning to live like lame ducks.

The Senate’s California ladies, cheerleaders for the global-warming scam only yesterday, can’t get far enough away from Cancun this year. Dianne Feinstein says she’s not even thinking about the weather. “I haven’t really thought about [Cancun], to be honest with you,” she tells Politico, the Capitol Hill daily. She still loves the scam, but “no – no, no, no, it’s just that I’m not on a committee related to it.” She’s grateful for small blessings.

Barbara Boxer, who was proud to make global warming her “signature” issue only last year, obviously regards that signature now to be a forgery. She would like to be in Cancun, but she has to stay home to wash her hair. She’s not even sending anyone from her staff, willing as congressional staffers always are to party on the taxpayer dime. “I’m sending a statement to Cancun.” (Stop the press for that.)

This is another lesson that Washington’s swamp fevers inevitably subside. Who now remembers Smoot-Hawley, Quemoy and Matsu, and the Teapot Dome? But these were once issues on which the survival of the known world rested. The only global-warming news of this week was the announcement that the House Select Committee on Global Warming would die with the 111th Congress. Mrs. Pelosi established the committee three years ago to beat the eardrums of one and all, a platform for endless argle-bargle about the causes and effects of climate change. The result was the proposed job-killing national energy tax, but with the Republican sweep, there’s no longer an appetite for killing jobs.

Rep. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, the chairman of the doomed committee, organized one final event this week, a splashy daylong exercise in gasbaggery starring the usual suspects assigned to drone on for most of the day about the coming global-warming disasters, the melting of the North Pole and the rising of the seas that would make Denver, Omaha and Kansas City seaside resorts. Wesley Clark was the only former presidential candidate to accept an invitation, and he was a no-show. The star witness of the afternoon session was Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an “environmental attorney” who talked about how “clean energy” is nicer than the other kind. Mr. Markey himself, as bored as everyone else, didn’t bother to return after lunch.

The members of the committee can now retire with their scrapbooks of clippings to recall the happy days of hearings about global warming (some of them before “global warming” became “climate change” and “liberals” became “progressives”), about how clean energy could replace smelly oil wells and provide Democrats with the means to enact sweeping climate-change legislation. Who could have foreseen that the only “sweeping” would be the sweeping out of so many Democrats?
When the thrill is gone, the thrill is gone, as star-crossed lovers have learned through the ages, and when a scam collapses, it stays collapsed. The thought is enough to warm hearts all across the globe.

– Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.

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9 thoughts on “Washington Times says; “Scams die hard, but eventually they die…You can get all the hotel rooms you want this week in Cancun.””

  1. and check out what Lord Monckton has to say:
    final para:
    It is always a sad business when a religion passes into the night. A religion it is – or, rather, a superstition of the most childish kind. The president of the conference, a Ms. Figueres from Costa Rica, set the anti-scientific tone of the proceedings by opening them with a prayer to the Mayan Goddess of the Moon. Ms. Figurehead no doubt thought that this would be a nice way for the true-believers to pay a compliment to our Mexican hosts

  2. Hi Warwick,

    The newspaper you quote is the conservative-skeptical Washington Times, not the liberal-warmist Washington Post. Your attribution is correct but your headline needs correction.

    Best wishes,


    Thanks Peter !!

  3. How about this quote from Monckton in the link posted by val majkus above;

    “…blind faith in the febrile fatuities of the forecasters of fashionable fatalism…”.

    Can Monckton turn a phrase or what? I almost spit out my tea!

  4. Just about takes the cake woodNfish – I can try for hours to generate a pathetic headline – which I then proceed to forget if I do not write them down. He must be born with the silver-tongue.

  5. Another big story to emerge today:

    It increasingly appears that the science is just a pretext and the stakes are much larger:
    reported by Lord Monckton:
    The abdication of the West

    December 9th, 2010

    The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

    From the SPPI Blog

    Cancun, Mexico

    I usually add some gentle humor to these reports. Not today. Read this and weep. Notwithstanding the carefully-orchestrated propaganda to the effect that nothing much will be decided at the UN climate conference here in Cancun, the decisions to be made here this week signal nothing less than the abdication of the West. The governing class in what was once proudly known as the Free World is silently, casually letting go of liberty, prosperity, and even democracy itself. No one in the mainstream media will tell you this, not so much because they do not see as because they do not bl**dy care.
    The 33-page Note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/CRP.2) by the Chairman of the “Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Co-operative Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change”, entitled Possible elements of the outcome, reveals all. Or, rather, it reveals nothing, unless one understands what the complex, obscure jargon means. All UNFCCC documents at the Cancun conference, specifically including Possible elements of the outcome, are drafted with what is called “transparent impenetrability”. The intention is that the documents should not be understood, but that later we shall be told they were in the public domain all the time, so what are we complaining about?

    The UN wants nothing less than 1.5% of our GDP.

    That’s $212 billion from the USA every year ($2700 per family of 4).

    That’s $32 billion from the UK every year ($2000 per family of 4).

    That’s $13 billion from Australia every year ($2400 per family of 4).

    Read in full the outcome being sought by the UN at the link above or at Jo Nova’s blog joannenova.com.au/

    World Government!!!!!Communist style

  6. Well, I confess some ignorance to UN proceedings, but it seems to me that they can draft anything they want – that doesn’t mean it will be ratified in the UN Congress, and even if it was it is not binding on sovereign nations unless their governments ratify it. Even the US is not that crazy. Yet. Getting close though – along with the rest of the West.

  7. The New York Times sums up
    the measures adopted here may have scant near-term impact on the warming of the planet
    the emissions reductions .. would allow global temperatures to rise as much as 4 degrees Celsius over the next half century, twice the stated goal of the agreement
    Delegates from island states and the least-developed countries warmly welcomed the pact because it would start the flow of billions of dollars to assist them to adopt cleaner energy systems and adapt to inevitable changes in the climate, like sea rise and drought.
    it left unresolved where the $100 billion in annual climate-related aid that the wealthy nations have promised to provide would come from.

    Another UN slush fund for corrupt offcials!

  8. Well of course they “warmly welcomed” it, Romanoz. You know it has never been about anything other than money and power, in exactly that order.

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