By Judi McLeod
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Canada Free Press (CFP) has been flagged by the friend of a neighbour of Hanne and Maurice Strong in Crestone, Colorado that the Canadian catalyst of the Kyoto Protocol has been ill for some time, and has taken a serious turn for the worse.
The 78-year-old Strong, who seemed to disappear from the international radar screen when his name became linked to the United Nations Oil for Food scandal in 2005, went to live quietly in China, a country he has long touted as the superpower poised to replace the United States of America.
During this period, Strong teamed up with currency speculator George Soros as an investor in the Chinese manufactured Chery car, which was to flood the American market by 2007.
Strong is reported to be in a hospital in the US and his wife, Hanne is said to have been closing her husband's business affairs in China.
"His family isn't very hopeful of a recovery," the tipster wrote to CFP.
Strong was recently spotted in Ottawa, Canada with son Kenneth Martin Strong, where he was reported to be looking very much like someone in declining health. A colleague said he had gone off his medication.
Although the high profile former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is leading the charge on global warming, it is Strong who was Kyoto's main architect.
The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement negotiated as an amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC, which was adopted at the Maurice Strong-initiated Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted at the third session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCC (COP3) in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto came into effect worldwide on February 16, 2005.
The United States has yet to sign or ratify the Protocol.
The rumours of Strong's failing health seem to fit the script in the push over recent months to make global warming or climate change the number one topic of the day.
As of this morning, outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair was at the White House purportedly to convince President George W. Bush to sign Kyoto.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]