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Send Us Free Solar Panels Says Super-rich Qatar

November 20, 2015
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By Paul Homewood 


h/t Joe Public 




Qatar has now submitted its climate plan for Paris!

Climate Home don’t seem too impressed:


Qatar said it is braced for sea-level rise as the planet overheats, but will not accept carbon-cutting policies as they would risk its oil-based wealth.

That was the message of the country with the highest per capita income in the world and host of the 2012 UN climate summit as it submitted a non-committal pledge to a climate rescue pact on Friday.

The leading natural gas exporter said national policies to prune carbon emissions “may negatively impact the strength of Qatar’s economy and potentially the quality of life of its residents.”

The Persian Gulf emirate of 2.3 million people said it was diversifying its economy to protect economic growth.It has made efforts to tap the region’s abundant sunshine, it said, but needed access to better technologies from industrialised nations to move away from fossil fuel-generated power.

Despite plunging oil prices Qatar’s national bank projects it will and expand almost 7% in 2016 and 2017 driven by a construction boom, Reuters reported.

With the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves and big infrastructure, Qatar “has been contributing indirectly to the global efforts to mitigate climate change by exporting Liquefied Natural Gas as a clean energy”, it claimed.

Qatar’s “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) in UN jargon follows pledges in October by Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Bill Hare at Berlin research institute Climate Analytics said there was a “complete disconnect” between the emirate’s vulnerability to climate change and plans to reduce carbon emissions stoking warming. 

“It’s an extremely disappointing INDC. It’s looking backwards and only seeing problems when fossil fuel producers need to be seeing the future, not denying it” he told Climate Home.

Its offer would leave the UN climate change secretariat “exasperated” after concerted efforts to convince oil-exporting states to curb greenhouse gases, he added.

Qatar produced 0.2% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2010, according to EU data. It outlined its aim to create a “world-class education system”, whose graduates could work to find solutions climate change.

Classed as a “developing” country by a 1992 UN definition, Brazil’s environment minister has singled out it and other rich developing nations for not doing enough to tackle climate change.

“We need to convince other countries [tackling climate change] is impossible if countries like Singapore and Qatar, countries around the world, South Korea for example presents a ‘business as usual’ scenario as a developing country,” she said.

  1. markl permalink
    November 21, 2015 3:04 am

    An honest response from a country. They will ignore the inevitable shaming to come their way from the Warmist Cult and probably could care less. I’m guessing their stance is neither scientific nor political but more pragmatic and if anyone wants to give them money to help a cause that they don’t care about then go ahead. They already exist in air conditioned cocoons so a tenth of a degree C is irrelevant to their lifestyle.

  2. John F. Hultquist permalink
    November 21, 2015 4:44 am

    They can’t be looking favorably on this anti-CO2 thing.

    Qatar is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (60 percent of total exports) in the world, and the country’s exports of LNG, crude oil (30 percent of their total exports), and petroleum products provide a significant portion of government revenues. If the world were to go carbon-based fuel free – Qater would be back to the Upper Paleolithic (aka the Late Stone Age).

    Regarding the Country’s own emissions, one can paraphrase and say “What difference does it make?”

  3. Bloke down the pub permalink
    November 21, 2015 11:08 am

    They need all the oil revenues to be able to carry on funding ISIL.

  4. November 21, 2015 5:17 pm

    Qatar’s North Field gas contains a high fraction of CO2 (8% if I remember correctly) which is vented to air at the gas treatment plants rather than (for example) being used for enhanced oil recovery at its largest, declining oil filed Dukhan which would actually be an economic proposition.

    Of course, it is nonsense to pretend that LNG is a “low-carbon” fuel. Beside the field CO2 that is vented at the gas treatment plant, gas is consumed at each stage in the manufacture, transport, transmission and consumption of LNG. It is long over time that the CO2-cost of LNG at the power station gate was taken to assess the “CO2 footprint” of LNG.

    Nobody at DECC was even interested to help me establish this when I asked them back in (about) 2012.

    If any reader of this blog has the necessary information, I would be pleased to collaborate!

  5. Bloke down the pub permalink
    November 21, 2015 6:46 pm

    The world needs the Qataris to continue extracting the gas if only for the Helium it contains.

  6. mwhite permalink
    November 22, 2015 10:37 am

    Seems green energy is going into backup diesel energy farms

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