*Breaking News Alert*

So you cool katz and dawgs and I wanted to share some recent stories in the news!

(1) For the past week or so I’ve been working on my term paper for my Political Systems of the Middle East course.  Not surprisingly I chose to do write my paper on United States oil diplomacy and try and make a prediction for the future of U.S. engagement in the Middle East and East Asia based on current global trends in energy production and consumption.   Did you ever think of India as a driving force behind the development of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania?

Well meet Mukesh Ambani , #34 on Forbes list of the Worlds Most Powerful People and #4 on Forbes list of Billionaires.   Mukesh owns Reliance Industries , the largest and most valuable private sector business in India. Through Reliance Industries Mukesh has been buying out huge stakes in natural gas drilling companies in the U.S. and will be a primary funder of drilling activities in the region.   We’re talking payments to the tune of $392 million-$1.7 billion.


(2) The latest round of Wikileaks cables were released!  Among the communications revealing the activity of terrorist camps in Pakistan and insight into the capture of British soldiers by Iran not long ago was THE POPE defending the Copenhagen Accord…

Conversi immediately expressed the Holy See’s genuine desire to see the Copenhagen process move forward. He was aware of the January 31 deadline but did not know which countries had agreed formally to join the process. Conversi agreed to encourage other countries discreetly to associate themselves with the Accord, as opportunities arise. (Note: For practical reasons, the Holy See will not formally associate itself with the Copenhagen Accord: Vatican City State’s carbon footprint negligible. The Vatican decision is consistent with its practice of not becoming a formal party to agreements if they require substantial technical expertise and reporting commitments).

While the Copenhagen Accord was the symbol for failure of the progress of climate change negotiations and most of the nations who supported it have failed to meet it’s very laissez-faire requirements the fact that the Vatican has come out to support it’s efforts, in my opinion, is a symbolic victory to the movement. Typically on these existential issues science and religious bodies tend to clash. (see the story about the Congressman who wants to control the committee on energy and commerce says God will save us from climate change)

(3) As I mentioned in a previous post the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is meeting in Cancun, Mexico for its Conference of the Parties 16 meeting. The latest update I have from the negotiations is that there were diplomats staying up all night last night in order to work out agreements over the creation of a $100 billion fund to support adaptation to the effects of climate change and to support technological development of LCD nations so they could in essence “skip” fossil fuel based industrialization.  There was also refinement done to the language surrounding deforestation.

In my experience from reading the news to meeting them in person there are diplomats and world leaders present at these negotiations…most are from the United States…who are stopping a real solution from being agreed upon.  Fear not, we do have climate champions present!  Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, in a speech to 15,000 delegates at the COP16 negotiations passionately supported the process and urged cooperation when he said,

“If, from here, we send the Kyoto Protocol to the rubbish bin we are responsible for ecocide and genocide, because we will be sending many people to their deaths.”

Check out the whole story here: Huffington Post Update on COP16

Thats all I’ve got for now!