They claim it is about Global Warming, but if they believe their own press releases, they would be holding a teleconference. Scott Kirwin at the Razor did the math showing just how much CO2 they dumping into the atmosphere by holding a conference on "Global Warming" in the tropical location of Bali.
I will update this post with better numbers as I find them. However my estimate is that the UN conference in Bali will spew over 40,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in air travel alone. This CO2 has the warming effect of just over 122,000 metric tons of CO2.
According to this Wikipedia article, trees planted in the tropics remove 22kg of CO2 from the atmosphere per year. That’s roughly 45 trees needed to remove one metric ton of CO2.
So in order to cover the 40,000 metric tons we would have to plant roughly 2,000,000 trees in the tropics.
Glenn Reynolds has stated, "I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who say it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis." It’s difficult to argue with that sentiment. Imagine a conference to fight illegal drugs being attended by participants who were stoned, or holding a meeting to combat obesity at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Are global warming skeptics the only ones who appreciate the irony here?
Mr. Kirwin's numbers are probably low, since he calculated them based on the UN officials flying business class. Commercial airlines are not good enough for the self-appointed World Elite. As I noted before, the airport at Bali doesn't have enough tarmac to handle the number of private jets chartered to bring the conference attendees.