Inhofe: WikiLeaks climate revelations show Obama’s ‘desperation’

The revelation that the Obama administration used a covert CIA program to dig up dirt on countries opposed to the Copenhagen climate treaty shows a White House desperate to enforce its orthodoxy on global warming, Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller.

Earlier this month, The Guardian newspaper reported that State Department administration officials, acting at the request of the CIA, sent a secret cable on July 31, 2009, asking U.S. diplomats to gather intelligence on other countries’ preparations for the then-pending Copenhagen climate conference. The request also asked diplomats to be on the lookout for indications that countries were not fostering environmental cooperation and for evidence of countries circumventing U.N.-sponsored environmental treaties.

The cables do not make clear whether CIA Director Leon Panetta was directly involved in the request. Panetta has a long, documented history of environmental activism, particularly on climate change, going back several decades.

So far, administration allies are not commenting on the revelation. TheDC approached former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last week during an appearance at the liberal Center for American Progress, but she declined to comment.

The leaked cables show the Obama administration has had particular trouble influencing the so-called BASIC-bloc countries of Brazil, South Africa, India, and China. Administration officials have sought to work with the EU to plot strategy to overcome opposition and find ways to neutralize their opposition to the Copenhagen Climate Accord.

So far, 116 countries have associated themselves with the accord and another 26 have indicated their intention to associate. The treaty would continue the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and established a mechanism for developing nations to establish emissions targets, which they have vehemently opposed.

According to a leaked Feb. 17, 2010 cable, Michael Froman, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for international affairs, held a meeting with the EU’s climate commissioner-designate, Conne Hedegaard, looking for ways to work around “unhelpful countries such as Venezuela or Bolivia” and get the treaty into force.

The cable quotes Froman as saying the U.S. and E.U. “need to neutralize, co-opt or marginalize, co-opt or marginalize these and others such as Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.”

Froman also advocated using divide and conquer tactics to confront the BASIC bloc and other Copenhagen treaty opponents, saying the U.S. and E.U. needed “to better handle third country obstructionism and avoid future trainwrecks on climate …”

The Obama administration subsequently cutoff aid to Ecuador and Bolivia last April that would have helped them reach the Copenhagen treaty’s carbon emissions targets, citing their opposition to the agreement.

“I think this goes to show that to the left-wing of the Democratic Party, national security means anything you want it to,” former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said. “I don’t mind using any instruments of persuasion…but I think it is certainly a misallocation of priorities to be using intelligence capabilities on something like climate change.”

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  • aucontraire

    One more *fact* for the global warming sceptics can be found at http://tinyurl.com/269lt4x .

    This page contains illustrations of a dramatic drop in arctic sea ice between March, 1988 and March, 2010:

    “September ice volume was the lowest recorded in 2010 at 78 percent below its 1979 maximum and 70 percent below the mean for the 1979-2009 period.”

    Admiral Titley – Chief Oceanographer, United States Navy

    Source: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/seaice.html

  • pyeatte

    It is very depressing how the left will lie with no sense of shame or guilt. Their wasting and abusing of CIA resources to promote a very evil political agenda of social control in the name of AGW should never be forgotten. Never, ever, give power to the left again. If they had a molecule of integrity, they would go where they would be appreciated – North Korea or some other hell hole would be appropriate. Just stay away from normal humans.

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  • libertyatstake

    iow – Progressives accept no constraints in their genetic urge to exercise power. This is why Progressivism inevitable yields chaos and anarchy.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • sunnyr

    Nothing this corrupt, Marxist Community Organizer does surprises me any more. He will go to any length’s, do anything, say anything to advance his agenda. “The end justifies the means.” We have to throw this lying, manipulative BOZO out in 2012!

  • ladylove

    quick poll

    anyone here, besides gooner, and his croonies, who are surprised by this.

    Obama wants to be King of the World, and will stop at nothing to do so.

  • ladylove

    see I was right, I said Michael Moore had better be careful what he wished for,

    seems Obama is someone who, if he cannot get things done the way he wants, has no trouble circumventing the law to do so.

    but then that is how he “won” his very first election.

    • truebearing

      He and his Leninist criminals are every bit as bad as we thought. Nothing these power obsessed fools do could surprise me. Obama has NASA doing Muslim outreach and the CIA trying to blackmail governments into compliance with Soros’s global government wet dream.

      I can honestly and unabashedly say, I hate these people.

  • Newly Minted

    We’re debating global warming when it’s friggin’ freezing outside, when Florida is having sub-freezing temperatures and when a lot of are facing a drive home to the frozen north for Christmas?

    Global warming is a psychological belief caused by intense feelings of self-hatred by the rich, spoiled left. It’s part of a suicidal pattern that seeks to destroy what makes us prosperous, well fed and content. It started with the blame America first mentality of a generation ago. It’s backed by global communists who want to destroy the west. It’s abetted by third world dictators who want billions of dollars of our money. The Copenhagen conference ended in an orgy of insanity where the foreign dictators screamed for the death of capitalism, the very life force of freedom and prosperity. It was only comparable to the “Do you want total war?” speech by Josef Goebbels made in the wake of the defeat at Stalingrad.

    America stood alone in 1776 when we created an republic in a world of only kingdoms and dictatorships. We need to be as brave as our founders when faced with the near total opposition of the global leftists and their suicide minded allies.

    • aucontraire

      A person is free to think or feel or believe what s/he wishes, but doing so does not affect the facts of the matter. Global warming is a reality, and it can explain periods and regions of intense cold as well as those of extreme heat. What matters is the average global temperature, which is steadily on the rise, not what might happen in one region during some specific time period.

      One is also free to interpret history as one chooses, and assign blame and responsibility to those whom one takes to be ideological adversaries. Just as the Roman emporer Nero was said to have played his fiddle (actually, I heard recently the instrument was something like a bagpipe) while Rome burned. A refusal to face the fact of global warming or to admit the strong likelihood of human-caused CO2 being responsible, preferring instead to invent theories such as those cited here, can be thought to be very similar.

      • truebearing

        Hey, idiot! Wake up! The trend is toward cooling, your interminable plume of C02 notwithstanding.

        Thw Wikileaks are just the latest in a rather thorough exposure of the pseudo science of the Global Warming hucksters. With all due respect, which is damn little, you are full of crap.

        • aucontraire

          I welcome any information you might have to indicate a cooling trend. Please provide a citation, so the information can be looked at as carefully as possible.

          I see no justification for name-calling, though.

          • erick1740

            You are either nuts or an idiot. The whole climate change theory is a hoax or worse a scam. The perps should be tried for crimes against humanity.

          • aucontraire

            To eric1740:

            I’m still waiting for a specific reference to information supporting, let alone proving, your claim that climate change / global warming are not a reality.

          • truebearing

            I welcome any accurate information that the earth is still warming. You have provided nothing but blather and rehashed talking points. You’re the one defending the theory, now prove it with fact.

          • aucontraire

            Regarding claims that recent cold temperatures in any way refute the idea of global warming, please see the charts and interpretations at http://tinyurl.com/2bnj9w7 . As is indicated in the text which accompanies this material from a year ago:

            “Global Temperature Anomalies December 2009

            Global warming is ‘global’ not regional. The recent cold temperatures experienced in North America, Europe and Russia are not being shared all around the world. In fact the Arctic itself is unusually warm along with most of the rest of the world.

            Global Temperature Anomalies December 2009

            Source: NOAA/NCDC

            It is important to note that much of the rest of the world is experiencing warmer than average temperatures in relation to the base period. In the northern hemisphere, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and North Eastern Russia are all unusually warm. In the mid latitudes and southern hemisphere Africa, Australia, Asia, and most of South America are also unusually warm for the time period.”

            And again, the tactic of counterposing “fact” and “theory” is nonsense. The facts of the matter come in the form of observations, such as those that indicate a very alarming global trend toward higher average temperatures worldwide. Theories abound as to what is responsible for this fact. The overwhelming majority explains the facts by showing a correlation between the rise of CO2 levels and temperatures, and a model (generally known as “the greenhouse effect”) to explain the rise. The theories which explain the rise in some other way are adhered to by a tiny fraction of those within the scientific community – often linked with business interests that stand to profit by being able to sow doubt in the public consciousness. Those who maintain such a view have their own theories, and what they claim to be evidence and argumentation to support them.

            There is no evidence constituting contrary fact to dispute the warming trend.

            That’s the most important fact to consider, along with the fact that those who hold the minority view I’ve referred to above have been unable to persuade their scientific colleagues to join them in supporting their contrarian theory.

    • RedneckJim

      Don’t waste your “breath.” In my experience, people who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia are fully capable of putting words together which follow the basic rules of grammar even if the ideas expressed in those words have no basis in logic. I had no reply to the woman who told me about the men in black on the roof watching her as she was trying to brush another one of them off her shoulder.