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    OH, THAT ZANY UN

    12/05/2007

    The UN is meeting in Bali this week. Can anyone say pina coladas and sunbathing?!

    Seriously, though, check THIS out:

    The delegates each will produce an average 4.07 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or CO2, to reach the resort island 950 kilometers (600 miles) from Jakarta, according to estimates e- mailed to Bloomberg by the UN agency holding the conference.

    Some of the 187 nations participating in the two-week forum promised to offset their so-called carbon footprint by planting trees or buying emission credits. The symbolic actions won't help stop global warming, some scientists say.

    But, of course, they can explain it away...

    `It's very hard for the public to understand that you come together with so many people to a very distant place and cause a lot of emissions, and at the same time talk about emission reductions,'' Artur Runge-Metzger, head of climate strategy for the European Commission, said yesterday in an interview in Bali, adding that he had offset his own emissions.

    I tried to concoct a funny conclusion, but their action... or rather, inaction... speaks for itself.