UN delegates have been in Cancun, Mexico over the last two weeks obsessing passionately about climate change and preparing for the next Kyoto-style climate treaty at this year's Climate Change Conference -- the COP16. At last year’s conference, they treated the delegates to an irresponsible scare video that depicted a little girl running away from tornadoes and torrential floods.
This year, however, some college students working with CFACT, a free market environmental group, attended the conference and got UN delegates to fall for an old trick: Signing a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide—in other words, a petition to ban water. H2O. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzZ_Zcp4PwY]
On CFACT's blog, they write:
almost every delegate that collegian students approached signed their petition to ban that all too dangerous substance, which contributes to the greenhouse effect, is the major substance in acid rain, and is fatal if inhaled.
This is an old trick devised by several students in the 1990s to demonstrate how easy it is to scare the scientifically illiterate. I've done it myself twice, but I never thought to test the scientific literacy of UN Climate Conference bureaucrats. Well done.