Green Climate Farce

Green Climate Farce, by Tony Thomas.

Can you feel sorry for a climate bureaucrat? Well I do. Look at my fellow Aussie Howard Bamsey. …

18 months ago became executive director of the UN-created Green Climate Fund (GCF), now the financial muscle of the 2015 Paris Accord. …

At the 24-member board meeting last month at the Songdo, South Korea headquarters, the chaos was such that he finished the meeting by tabling a surprise resignation effective immediately (‘pressing personal reasons’). He walked out of the room a free man.

The 24-person board at the four-day meeting spent the first two days quarrelling about the agenda, and the next two days in such acrimony that it never approved the intended $US1b for 11 new grants to help its basket-case client States ‘mitigate and adapt’ to climate change. …

The gravy train:

We Aussie taxpayers have so far contributed $A185m cash to the Green Climate Fund, with another $A15m due before Christmas: total $A200m. This is as pledged by PM Tony Abbott in December 2014 (what was he thinking?). It could be worse: Sweden ($US580m) and Norway ($US270m) have peed more against the GCF wall. Those canny Kiwis across the ditch ‘invested’ only $NZ3m. The Danes stopped at $US72m. Canada put in $US275m, but $US100m of it was a loan. Our $200m is just the tip of an iceberg – Turnbull pledged ‘at least’ $1b in Paris fealty in 2015 just as Donald Trump won office, and the billion’s now more-or-less delivered.

Logjam and stalemate are built into the GCF constitution. Board decisions must be unanimous. Equal power goes to those who provide the cash (ourselves) and those who enjoy it, mainly African shitholes (Trump’s words) and lying low-lying islands like the Maldives, Nauru and Tuvalu which pretend they’re drowning under climatic seas.

Once mendicants get their paws on the funds, no-one else is allowed in to supervise. …

The gap between Copenhagen/Paris money aspirations and reality is the stuff of farce. … So it’s tighten-belts time at GCF. There seems some fat there. Its 250 bureaucrats’ pay is virtually tax-free and in US dollars. Staff get ‘a rewarding benefits package’ to meet the ‘growing global competition for talent’. There’s 26 days annual leave and 10 public holidays, plus 15 sick days, and up to 20 days can be worked at home or remotely. Not to mention special living allowances, dependency and schooling aid for three children, and that delectable quasi-diplomatic passport. Candidates of all ‘gender identity and/or expression’ are welcome.