Dunce’s Cap For BBC’s Matt McGrath!
By Paul Homewood
Vacuous statement of the day from the BBC:-
Many other leaders stressed the need for just such a binding agreement – even President Vladimir Putin.
After he explained how Russia had managed to grow their economy and cut emissions (who knew?), he called for a binding target of 2C in the growth of global temperatures.
Who knew? Well, Matt, anybody who knows how to check the data from CDIAC for a start (which I would have expected to be a pretty basic requirement for the BBC’s Environmental Correspondent).
And I am afraid you have fallen for Putin’s three-card trick there!
Now look very carefully, Matt, and you will see that emissions fell very sharply in Russia in the early 1990’s, which even you probably know was when the old and obsolete Soviet heavy industry was shutting down.
And if you look carefully enough, you will also notice that emissions have been rising since the late 1990’s.
Putin’s pledge, to cut emissions by 25% from 1990 levels, has in effect already happened. Indeed, taking into account all GHG and LULUCF (which Russia insists on including in their Plan), latest figures for 2012 show emissions at 50% of 1990 levels.
Russia’s Plan therefore allows them to substantially increase emissions up to 2030.
No wonder Putin wants a binding agreement!