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All Aboard The Marrakesh Express

November 13, 2016

By Paul Homewood   


h/t Joe Public   




The two week beano known as COP22 is now underway in Marrakesh.

Altogether, 25903 participants are having the time of their lives (well, at least until they heard Trump had got elected, and might pull the plug on their jollies earnest endeavours.)




According to the registrations, an average of 92 participants per country have attended, which seems an incredible number.

The UK has been quite conservative and only sent 47 ministers and civil servants, although our lords and masters in Brussels have also sent another 94.

Needless to say, hundreds of NGOs have sent thousands of attendees as well. After all, anything is better than getting a proper job.

For some reason, even two-jags himself, John Prescott, has wangled a place on the trip, as a representative of the Council of Europe.


We already know that little will be achieved. Developing countries will be asking where the money they were promised has gone, the US and EU will imperiously demand that everybody else takes the subject seriously, and the Chinese and Indians will just carry on regardless.

At the end, there will be much backslapping and some meaningless form of words will be found to prove that it was all worth it in the end.

Finally, they will decide on a suitably agreeable location for COP23.

In the meantime the whiney NGOs will bore everybody to tears with their holier than thou platitudes, gender equality and yooff.

But did any of this really need 25000 people? 


In the words of Crosby, Stills and Nash:


Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh Express
Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh Express
They’re taking me to Marrakesh
All on board the train, all on board the train
All on board


  1. Joe Public permalink
    November 13, 2016 11:15 pm

    WWF flew in 32 delegates, inc a Director of Marketing.

    GreenPeace flew in 48* delegates (*One was hiding in the European Federation for Transport and Environment congregation)

    Climategate’s UEA flew in 6 delegates

    The Uni of Sheffield sent a Grantham Scholar regarding “Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria”

    However, the “Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria” sent its own delegation of 5. Confusingly, 3 of the latter appear to be Kiwis.

    There is a misleadingly named “United Nations Entity for Gender Equality”, but confusingly, its full title is “United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women”

    A lone male seems to have infiltrated the “Women’s Environment and Development Organization”

    The gender of the Executive Director of the “Women Environmental Programme” is …… guess

    The founder & spouse (i.e.chief beneficiaries) of the “William J. Clinton Foundation” were otherwise engaged, so unable to fly in. [Unsure if AirForce One had been booked for the closing ceremony.]

    Vanity seems to have been quite high. Six delegations needed their own photographer.

    Youth was well represented. Usually by those old & experienced enough to take full advantage of the freebies on offer at the beano.

    There was a “Federation of Young European Greens”; but no “Federation of Old European Greens”. Presumably with age comes wisdom.

    There was a delegation from the “Greenhouse Gas Management Institute”. Which is surprising, ‘cos their track record is abysmal, the atmospheric concentration keeps rising.

    The “Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee” didn’t have a counterpart “Indigenous People of Europe Coordinating Committee” (Discrimination?)

    There doesn’t appear to be any truth in the rumour Mr. Michael Gill, Director of Aviation Environment Aviation Environment of “International Air Transport Association” arrived by rail.

    If the massive delegation from the “International Emissions Trading Association” vanity signalled by buying carbon offsets, they didn’t publicise it.

    The “International Solid Waste Association” attended – presumably hoping to pick up a pile of crap going cheap.

    Those donating to OXFAM helped finance 16 delegates.

    “Sex & Samfund – The Danish Family Planning Association” sent a trio. One has to wonder if it was to help save the world, or assist the other 25,900 visitors to have a more-enjoyable conference.

    On the other hand, the delegation from “STOP” may have had the opposite objective.

    If the above two delegations failed, then “TEARFUND” was on hand to assuage consciences.

    Cynics will wonder if “Transparency International” will publish their full costs

    Only 3 could be bothered to join the “Union of Concerned Scientists”

    The Pope was unable to attend.

  2. 1saveenergy permalink
    November 13, 2016 11:16 pm

    How many went to COP21 in Paris last year ??

  3. November 13, 2016 11:33 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    The freeloaders have overstayed their welcome

  4. November 13, 2016 11:36 pm

    Time to pull the plug on this childish annual circus.

  5. dearieme permalink
    November 14, 2016 12:02 am

    Like Webster’s Dictionary
    They’re Morocco bound.

    • Nigel S permalink
      November 14, 2016 7:43 pm

      We may run into villains but we’re not afraid to roam
      Because we read the story and we end up safe at home (yeah)
      Certainly do get around
      Like Webster’s Dictionary we’re Morocco bound

  6. tom0mason permalink
    November 14, 2016 12:09 am

    Interesting that all those partying in Morocco for the 22nd session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 22) have failed to notice there was rain, sleet, and snow in Algeria
    The pictures are impressive! Translated and edited gives –

    Fatal accidents, floods, roads cut by snow

    8 Nov 2016 (Excerpts) – “It is cold, rain and snow have fallen in abundance on several regions of the country. These incidents caused several fatal accidents on the roads …. at least 8 people were killed and 48 others injured in road accidents in several parts of the country.

    “Road traffic in the capital has been severely disrupted by inclement weather and interminable traffic jams have formed around the main roads in Algiers.

    They definitely not notice —

    Unprecedented wave of frost and some snow in Yemen

    13 Nov 2016 – An unprecedented wave of frost has swept a number of provinces north of the country .

    As a result of the frost, snow covered the mountains of the Directorate of Bani Matar west of the capital Sanaa. The snow was most intense in the provinces of Dhamar and Sana’a.

    From –

    • November 14, 2016 1:02 pm

      Al Gore must have shown up. Where he goes, snow is sure to follow.

  7. Gerry, England permalink
    November 14, 2016 12:14 am

    If it is choose an appropriate song time to serenade the roar of the jets leaving to take to the parasites home, then how about Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train.

    • Athelstan permalink
      November 14, 2016 12:31 am

      ♪ I’ll be loaded like a freight train
      Flyin’ like an aeroplane
      Feelin’ like a space brain
      One more time tonight” ♫

      Guns ‘n’ Roses.

      “space brain”

      Alors! the space cadets of the green academe getting “loaded” down in Marrakesh.

      Q. how many green space cadets does it need to change a useless CFL light bulb?

      A. one to hold it and 25, 000 social engineers to screw the world around.

      • Nigel S permalink
        November 14, 2016 7:47 pm

        Coming in from London from over the pond
        Flyin’ in a big airliner
        Chickens flyin’ everywhere around the plane
        Could we ever feel much finer?

        Comin’ into Los Angeles
        Bringin’ in a couple of keys
        Don’t touch my bags if you please mister customs man

        Arlo Guthrie was at Woodstock too of course.

  8. November 14, 2016 3:22 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    I’ve repeated it for all of the past UN COP climate gabfests, but I’ll say it one more time…Skype?

  9. John F. Hultquist permalink
    November 14, 2016 5:32 am

    I often work with other volunteers with a total party size of less than 20.
    We will be working near each other with shovels and the like to fix hiking trails. Often, before we start, we introduce our self; name, where from, affiliation, and a small item of interest that encourages camaraderie while we work.
    If 25903 folks tried to do this meet-and-greet thing they could not finish in 2 weeks going 24-7.
    Our ~20 will get more work done in one day — and of better quality and importance – than this UN bunch will ever accomplish. They do expect to learn where they get to go next year – someplace in Asia to be determined.

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