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You Lead, But I Won’t Follow!

October 29, 2014
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://globelegislators.org/studies/legislation/climate

 

 

There’s a few snippets that are worth highlighting from the GLOBE database on countries that have enacted climate laws.

 

Japan

Below is the summary box provided by GLOBE.

 

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Note that the 2020 Pledge has turned from the original promise to cut emissions by 25% to an increase of 3.1%. This is all, of course related to Japan’s problems with nuclear power.

Nevertheless, it reemphasises the fact that Japan has no intention to make any serious cuts by 2020. It is debatable whether they ever did have any such intention, since emissions have not fallen below 1990 levels at any stage since then.

 

Russia

 

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Two things are worth noting:

1) As GLOBE point out, the legislation is effectively no more than a Presidential Decree, which, in GLOBE’s words,  is not a binding bill.

Put simply, Putin can, at a stroke of a pen, change his mind and cancel the whole thing.

 

2) More significantly, the impressive sounding pledge, to cut emissions by 25% from 1990 levels, is worthless. As with other ex Soviet Bloc countries, the shutting down of whole tranches of old, obsolete heavy industry led to a massive cut in emissions in the early 1990’s.

Consequently, the 25% target had already been achieved by 1994! 

 

Currently, emissions have increased by 6% since 2008, when the UK passed its Climate Change Act, in the hopes everybody else would follow.

 

 

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http://cdiac.ornl.gov/GCP/

 

 

 

The EU

Many EU countries, (and it is noteworthy that most don’t appear on the GLOBE database anyway), have this pretty much identical 2020 Pledge to Sweden’s.

 

 

 

 

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By that, I refer to the conditionality that CO2 reductions are linked to comparable emission reductions from other developed countries, and that developing countries contribute adequately according to their responsibilities and respective capabilities.

 

It is clear that most countries, even in the EU, are not following the UK’s suicidal approach, and Deben is being extremely dishonest in pretending otherwise.   

 

In most matters, people have little or no trust in politicians. I always find it strange that anybody would believe a word that any politician says about climate change, or climate change policy.

3 Comments
  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    October 30, 2014 3:43 am

    Politicians may believe what they say about climate. In Washington State we have a governor and in the other Washington a president – apparently smart, with degrees, wives, and children. Both preach the gospel of cAGW.
    A religion or creation story does not have to be scientifically correct, and because there are many, some must be wrong. That does not matter. Perception matters. In their minds, they are sure they are doing the right thing. If you don’t follow their lead you are wrong.

  2. manicbeancounter permalink
    October 30, 2014 8:47 am

    To example of Russia, and the other former communist countries, shows how wasteful centralized energy policy can be. But in the USSR they at least produced a lot of energy. In the UK we are not producing sufficient energy. In both cases, there is a lack of reliable energy. In both cases there is also environmental damage. In the USSR there was the pollution of Chernobyl and the coal-fired power stations. In the UK is the desecration of our countryside and seascapes with wind turbines.

  3. Brian H permalink
    October 31, 2014 4:20 pm

    All I see here is posturing, with the added bonus of the potential to seriously damage economies. I’m glad our government in Canada has declined to do the latter in order to do the former!

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