This post was originally published at RepublicReport.org
Lima, Peru—Climate-science deniers have routinely appeared at international summits to address global warming, hoping to bog down the process with a litany of arguments and colorful publicity stunts. They’ve charged, for instance, that there is a global conspiracy of UN scientists working to “manufacture a global-warming crisis.” At recent events, echoing the coal giant Peabody’s new campaign, the same cadre of deniers have claimed that any reductions in CO2 emissions will limit the development of African nations.
Now here’s a relatively new line of criticism: delegates from poor nations are showing up to the international climate accords just so they collect a pier diem and take a vacation with their families.
Myron Ebell, a leading spokesperson for climate-change deniers, made such an argument this week in Lima, where the United Nations is meeting for interim climate negotiations. Speaking to Republic Report, Ebell argued that he believes delegates from Third World countries appear at events such as these largely to collect a cash payment and to give their wives an opportunity to shop in glamorous cities. Previous conferences have taken place in Copenhagen, Cancún and other desirable locations, Ebell noted.
In a follow-up interview, Ebell, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank funded by fossil-fuel companies (Republic Report exclusively reported on some of CEI’s undisclosed corporate donors using a list we obtained), expanded on his argument.
“It’s very desirable for them to go to international conferences in nice locales, and bring their wives and, you know, have extra payments,” Ebell said. “The United Nations pays these delegates from poor countries to attend and so it’s very attractive to keep it going.”