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Paris Round Up – Day 1

December 1, 2015

By Paul Homewood  


Round up Day 1 in Paris from the GWPF. Much grandstanding and pontificating, but little else!





COP21: Daily GWPF Briefing – Day 1 In The Big Brothers House

  • The first day of the UN climate conference in Paris saw a change to the tradition of world leaders attending on final day, instead turning up today to sermonise about the dangers of climate change, in a move the organisers hoped would garner momentum for the conference.
  • While the day was full of alarmist grand-standing, one of the few policy developments came from the Australian delegation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opting out of a key pledge to phase out fuel subsidies, amid concerns about Australia’s diesel fuel rebates.
  • The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told developed countries which powered their way to prosperity on fossil fuels that it would be "morally wrong" if they shift the burden of reducing emissions on developing countries like India. "The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities should be the bedrock of our collective enterprise. Anything else would be morally wrong," he wrote in today’s ‘Financial Times’.
  • The language of President Xi Jinping emphasised ‘fairness and justice, a clear signal that China wants Western countries to do the heavy lifting when it comes to climate change.
  • Xi Jinping has also demanded that the green gravy-train keeps rolling, asking for Western nations to deliver on their commitment in 2009 to provide $100 billion in climate finance to developing nations by 2020, and even more after that.
  • According to Professor Stuart Haszeldine of Edinburgh University, Britain will enter the Paris climate change talks this week “with its credentials as a responsible, low-emission power generator in tatters.” Haszeldine believes George Osborne’s last-minute decision to axe the government’s £1bn support for a scheme to capture and bury carbon dioxide emissions from power stations was a final act that utterly undermined British negotiators’ status in Paris. The fact that Britain has some of the strongest commitments to eradicating coal and has some of the most expensive energy prices for energy intensive users in Europe does not seem to cut it with Professor Haszeldine.
  • In some of the stranger developments of the day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel linked the conference to standing up to terrorism – “Through our presence here today we show we are stronger than the terrorists”, in comments that were symptomatic of the fervour with which alarmists believe the battle against CO2 must be fought.
  • David Cameron continued to pedal the ‘97% myth’ – that 97% of scientists believe climate change would have catastrophic impacts on humanity. In his brief speech, he used a discredited statistic to urge action to prevent what he believes will be the disastrous effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions.
  • The fervour with which red-green campaigners want to cut emissions can be seen clearly in the words of Bolivian President Evo Morales, who said “Mother Earth is getting close to the end and the capitalist system is partly responsible for that. Capitalism has fostered and introduced and driven forward over the past 200 years the most savage and destructive formula against our species.”
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has called for a legaling binding commitment to tackling man-made climate change. A big stumbling block to such a deal could be the US Senate; while Obama hopes the conference will be a “turning point”, any legally binding deal would require the Senate’s approval.
  1. December 1, 2015 8:17 pm

    And there was I thinking the communists (USSR and China) were responsible for the worst environmental destruction the world has ever seen. I’m glad a corrupt dictator has put me right.

  2. December 1, 2015 8:22 pm

    What strikes me is that after 25 years of meetings they’ve still not achieved the simple ability to know who is emitting what.

  3. bruceofnewcastleBruce of Newcastle permalink
    December 1, 2015 9:00 pm

    The diesel rebates thing is a common distortion by our local Greens. A lie basically.

    The current tax on diesel is explicitly legislated to pay for the damage to roads caused by trucks and other large vehicles. The rebate to farmers and miners is for heavy vehicles which don’t go onto roads. The farmers’ and miners’ vehicles which do go on roads do pay the tax, and must account tot he tax office for the fuel used in the different applications.

    So its not a fuel subsidy at all. But the Greens are never satisfied with mere truth.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle permalink
    December 1, 2015 9:01 pm

    Oops sorry. WordPress decided to play games with my user name without telling me.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    December 1, 2015 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the updates.

    Updates; that’s to not say news.

  6. December 1, 2015 10:40 pm

    It really is so scary when you hear so called world leaders spouting absolute nonsense.But all is not lost as it seems that comrade Cameron has guaranteed with his speech,aplace for himself in the UN World Govt.

  7. manicbeancounter permalink
    December 1, 2015 10:41 pm

    David Cameron continued to pedal the ‘97% myth’ – that 97% of scientists believe climate change would have catastrophic impacts on humanity.

    The 97% of scientists believing in catastrophic global warming is a myth. Last year I heard a lecture at John Cook at Bristol University on the the subject. In the Q&A he admitted what everybody knew – the belief is in the trivial connection between human activity and rising temperatures.

  8. roger permalink
    December 1, 2015 11:12 pm

    Meanwhile in the real world November UAH V6 is in lower than October at 0.33deg C.

  9. John Kelly permalink
    December 1, 2015 11:34 pm

    A couple of comments for what they are worth.

    Australia’s diesel fuel rebate isn’t a subsidy, but the greenies call it that. Diesel has a tax on it of which 100% goes to fund Federal Government road projects. As mining companies and commercial fishermen for example do not use Government roads for their businesses then these industries get the tax refunded to them.

    Dear old Evo from Bolivia is good on rhetoric but poor on the details. Bolivia’s “Mother Earth” or “Pachamama” is a great concept that I agree with as someone who spends a lot of time in this country. But when it comes to actually doing something positive for the Pachamama we find that the Bolivian Government’s state-owned mining company COMIBOL, DOES NOT use a tailings dam for its large Huanuni tin mine. Instead the tailings go directly in the local river and end up being washed into Lago Popoo, one of the most polluted lakes in the world. But that’s just a detail.

  10. December 2, 2015 4:46 am

    Perhaps Turnbull would have faced a strong legal challenge , if he went ahead with refusing mining trucks their diesel rebate.
    It’s happened before that politicians have made strong promises without checking their legal position, so they have had to backtrack.

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