Proof That the United States Intentionally Tanked Climate Change Talks

The United States government has assured us time and time again that the NSA’s surveillance actions are for our own safety, yet the latest Edward Snowden leak paints a different picture. According to documents marked “top secret,” the NSA spied on various countries leading up to — and during — a 2009 Copenhagen climate change summit so that the United States could better manipulate the outcome and walk away without having to make meaningful concessions.

Though other, smaller countries had previously agreed to caps on emissions in 2007, the world’s biggest polluters — and therefore perpetrators of the problem – declined to cosign. The goal of the 2009 summit was to get power players like the United States, India and China onboard in order to commit to real change, but it appears as though the United States took some extreme steps to ensure that it wouldn’t occur.

Throughout the conference, U.S. delegates received secret intelligence from the NSA about other countries’ private perspectives on the policies being discussed. The document said that this information should be shared with Obama and Hillary Clinton so the United States would have an upper hand during negotiations.

Although this particular document does not specify how surveillance of other nations’ officials would occur, other Snowden leaks have revealed that the United States has tapped the phone lines of foreign leaders, both friend and foe, for years.

In particular, the spying allowed the United States to scuttle Denmark’s bargaining power. Privately, well before the event, Denmark had worked out what it hoped to achieve, as well as the minimum standard it was willing to accept. Being privy to Denmark’s lowest mark, the United States was able to sit back, stall and not even attempt to compromise until talks reached that low threshold.

Even at the time, Danish officials alleged that it seemed like the United States must have been aware of their own plan in advance in order to counter it so effectively, though they lacked the proof to back up these assertions.

Instead of setting real environmental standards, Obama ultimately offered up the “Copenhagen Accord” along with other major polluters. The Accord called for each country to take it upon themselves to cut emissions, leaving no concrete regulations to hold countries accountable for making these changes. Though Obama was pleased with the outcome, declaring it “meaningful and unprecedented,” much of the rest of the world was less than impressed with an agreement that was all talk and no required action.

There’s no use in excusing the environmental eavesdropping as an isolated incident, either. A previous, less publicized Snowden leak from last year demonstrated that the United States spied on Indonesia’s 2007 climate change summit, as well.

Unsurprisingly, these new revelations are a disaster from a diplomacy perspective and will most definitely throw a wrench into future negotiations. “For negotiations as complex as these, we need maximum goodwill and trust. It is absolutely critical,” said Martin Khor, an advisor to developing nations during the Copenhagen summit. “If there is anything that prevents a level playing field, that stops negotiations being held on equal grounds. It disrupts the talks.”

It’s time to call bull on the U.S.’s claim that the NSA is specifically for our safety. Forget the concerns of al Qaeda attacks because climate change threatens the entirety of the planet. Using surveillance techniques in order to more efficiently halt international environmental negotiations makes the United States the terrorists in this scenario.


Jim Ven
Jim Ven7 months ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Bill Reese
Bill Reese2 years ago

Climate Change is the second biggest Fraud ever pulled upon the American Public. The biggest of course is our Kenyan President saying he was born in Hawaii when he was born in Mombasa, Kenya.

"The American Association for the Advancement of Science must be getting desperate. More people are growing wise to the lies, doctored data and climate model subterfuge of the anthropogenic global warming crowd. Their lies are disintegrating in harsh winter temperatures and because of the fact that actual temperatures show that the Earth is not getting warmer and that it has not in almost 20 years.

Last week, AAAS issued a new report, stating: “The rate of climate change may now be as fast as any extended warming period over the past 65 million years, and it is projected to accelerate in the coming decades.”

Bill Reese
Bill Reese2 years ago

Climate Change is one of the biggest lies ever cast upon the American Public. It was designed to give millions of dollars to Democratic donors for there donations. Now we have another statement showing how the money was wasted.
"Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday at a hearing on the Defense Department’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget that President Barack Obama has wasted $120 billion on global warming over the past five years – money that would be better spent on the military.

“I’ve been working on this for quite some time … In the last five years, between 2009 and 2014, the president has spent $120 billion on the environmental agenda, mostly global warming, climate and that type of thing,” said Inhofe. “And in that respect, if you’ll just take the amount that was not authorized by Congress — and I’m talking about the environmental agenda, you could actually buy 1,400 F-35s.”
What has been gained by this waste of your money?

Bill Reese
Bill Reese2 years ago

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will determine how far EPA can extend its regulatory overreach, to control “climate changing” carbon dioxide from power plants and other facilities – by ignoring the Constitution’s “separation of powers” provisions, rewriting clear language in the Clean Air Act, and disregarding laws that require the agency to consider both the costs and benefits of its regulations and what it is regulating.

It is funny that the liberal EPA cannot produce a viable scientist to verify the decision to control the carbon dioxide from power plants. As far as that goes it cannot produce proof Climate Change to the Supreme Court. Interesting that they can make laws without congress almost like Obama and his executive orders. Why do we have a Senate and House with Obama and the EPA?

Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

I mwntioned the stock market in conjunction with everything else Bill. Business is doing very well in this country The haves are doing fantiscally well. The little people are the ones not doing well with no releif in sight. I am not done with you Bill. You arent smart enough to debate You are a complete waste of time. All you haveis propaganda. Expect no more posts from me on this thread talk to yourself.

Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

Exactly Michael.

Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

Reagan didnt have a china to deal with either Bill. WE had jobs here. If we had jobs here we wouldnt be in as much trouble. Regan also did NOT inherit and 8 year undunded war that he had to add to his budget. You are simply WRONG Bill on almost everything. You can squirm and parse words and history to your hearts content. Reagan inherited a slump Obama inherited a slump AND an 8 year unfunded war and 8 years of Tax cuts and NO MAUFACTURING left in our country. Dont tell me Reagan inherited what Obama inherited Your credibility is crap here Bill. You gonna call me a stalinist again??? gonna call Obama muslim marxist?? Crawl back under the rock you crawled out from under. Its not ME thats uneducated.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese2 years ago

You people are so uneducated it is becoming pathetic. You talk about the stock market being high, and have you been reading why? It is high due to Obama in cahoots with the Federal Reserve and they thought the Stock market could drag up his failing economic policies. That was all over the market news about a year ago as they could not figure out how to restrict the money being printed that is flowing into the market without hurting every investor in the market.

Reagan had inherited a far worst economy than Obama and he turned it around without making the middle class into the poor class, or doubling the food stamps or expanding the unemployment for months beyond what it was intended. Reagan did not waste a stimulus and then 5 years later ask for another 56 Billion dollars that America must borrow from someone else. Reagan had a wonderful blue print on how to get out of a depression and Obama did just the opposite.
The one thing Obama does best is lie, he has lied about fast and furious, Benghazi, IRS, and spying on new reporters and now he has a challenge with Russia moving into Crimea and he is acting like a little grade school kid caught in the rain. Kerry is no better that Hillary and both are just mouth pieces for the do nothing Obama.

Michael T.
Michael T2 years ago

Every success is always deemed a failure or that it falls short of what the dominant sub-group would have accomplished facing the same obstacles.

The failures are judged even more harshly.

Even if it isn’t true.

No matter what he does, ever, he will never quite measure up to the criteria of the members of the dominant sub-group who are acting this way and which they are applying to him.

Back in 2012 during the weeks and months before the election they behaved differently toward Romney, who flubbed left and right and they kept on making excuses for him.