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End Of The Line For Paris Climate Talks

December 11, 2015

By Paul Homewood  


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If the Paris talks fail to come up with anything meaningful, which appears likely, we can thank the New York Times for the above cartoon!

Unsurprisingly, the Indians themselves are furious, as the India Times reports:


The New York Times has sparked off a controversy. In a recently published cartoon, the daily has mocked the stand India took at the Paris Climate Conference.

The cartoon depicts India as an elephant which is on a railway track, blocking a train named ‘Paris Climate Summit’.

During the summit India had positioned itself as the champion of developing nations, posing a challenge to policies of the developed countries much to the displeasure of the western block.

This is not the first time that New York Times have triggered controversy over its depiction of India. Last October the newspaper had generated massive outrage in India after a cartoon mocked India’s successful Mars Orbiter Mission. It showed an Indian man towing a cow knocking on the doors of ‘Elite Space Club’.


New York Times Mocks India Yet Again


Following the outrage New York Times had issued an apology and clarified that the cartoon "was in no way trying to impugn India, its government or its citizens”.

Incidentally, the Mars Mission cartoon and the Paris Climate Summit were both drawn by the same cartoonist, Heng Kim Song. 

The assumption that India should forego the right to improve the lot of its people goes to the heart of everything that is immoral about the green agenda.

As for the current state of play, the Hindustan Times tells us all we really need to know: 



India’s crucial role at the climate change talks in Paris has once again been underlined by a high-level outreach by the United States, including a call to Prime Minister Modi from President Barack Obama who hopes to cement his legacy with an ambitious global agreement on curbing global warming.

Obama reached out to Modi on Tuesday in an attempt to break the deadlock at the climate summit, where the responsibility of developing countries such as India in tackling rising global temperatures has been a sticking point.

He spoke to Modi hours before US Secretary for State John Kerry and environment minister Prakash Javadekar held a 45-minute meeting in Paris.

Sources said the meeting between Kerry and Javadekar failed to reach a compromise on a number of issues, including redefining the differentiation between the rich and the developing world in “changed circumstances” and a proposed review and verification of climate action plans.

Obama’s move was apparently aimed at breaking the ice and resolving contentious issues before the first draft of the ministerial consultations was released on Wednesday. Sources said an agreement in Paris will not be possible without India and the US converging on a range of issues.

A lot is at stake for both countries as the Paris climate agreement on limiting carbon emissions and financing cleaner energy will have a far reaching impact on their economies.

Obama, who faces opposition to his clean energy plan in the Republican-controlled US Congress – both chambers – and multiple states, wants to leave the White House next year with a “climate legacy” that protects American interests. This could mean India losing out on cheaper cleaner technologies, having to pay in future to the global climate fund and contending with an intrusive review mechanism for climate action plans.

“Both leaders underscored their strong commitment to address issues related to climate change being discussed in the Paris conference through constructive engagement, without impeding the progress of developing countries,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said on the conversation between Modi and Obama.

The White House, in a statement, said both leaders emphasised their “personal commitment to secure a strong climate change agreement” and their interest in the two countries “working together to achieve a successful outcome”.

The conversations between India and the US are important for forging a deal in Paris that is acceptable to all while maintaining a balance between the interests of the two countries. India and the US have taken divergent stands on key issues.

“There was very little agreement on most issues,” a negotiator from a developing country said.

Among the sticky issues are embedding differentiation between the rich and developing countries in all elements of the Paris agreement, including mitigation, climate finance, review, adaptation and capacity building, the mechanism for reviewing and verifying each country’s climate action plans, the long-term temperature goal of 1.5 or 2 degrees by 2100 and compensation for damage because of disasters induced by climate change.

The fear is that the talks in Paris may be unable to deliver an ambitious agreement by Friday, the last day of the conference, and there could be a minimalistic agreement that may be described as a failure. The first draft released on Wednesday clearly showed the differences between the 196 nations participating in the conference were still huge.

The ministerial facilitators appointed by the conference president, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, reported very little forward movement on climate finance, differentiation and the long-term goal of arresting temperature rise by the turn of the century.

Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore told the conference on Tuesday that the countries are “yet to place their final positions” on differentiation, indicating the issue was the biggest sticking point of the talks.

India and its partners in BASIC (China, Brazil and South Africa) has clearly identified differentiation in all “elements to be the heart” of the Paris agreement.

“Bitter wind blowing and loss of trust between countries as ambition was missing from Paris agreement,” the WWF said in a statement.



Put simply, the West is expecting China, India and other developing economies to now be treated as developed countries, and consequently be obliged to commit to binding emissions targets, as well as contributing to the UN’s $100bn green fund, rather than be recipients of it.

It is not conceivable that they will agree to that.

As I predicted before the outset, no legally binding global agreements will be made concerning emissions, and the debate will revolve around finance, where it appears that very little progress has been made.

All of this is in stark contrast to the BBC’s rosy view that “negotiators at the Paris talks aim to wrap up a global agreement to curb climate change on Saturday – a day later than expected”. It is apparent that their intention is to fool the public into believing that any piece of paper that comes out of Paris will prove that the talks have been a complete success.


But what can we realistically expect?


1) There will be some sort of formal reporting mechanism for GHG emissions. This will in all honesty add very little, as we already have the BP and CDIAC versions.

It still seems extremely unlikely that the Chinese will agree to independent inspection and verification, as they would see it as impugning their national integrity.

2) Vague promises will be made to put more money into the UN Green Fund, but even Obama has made it clear that only a small proportion can come from the public purse.

3) There will be more meetings in future years, mainly to castigate the West and beg for more money.


In the meantime, emissions will steadily grow, unless the global economy crashes, as even John Kerry is forced to admit:




The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what – that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.

If all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions –- remember what I just said, all the industrial emissions went down to zero emissions -– it wouldn’t be enough, not when more than 65% of the world’s carbon pollution comes from the developing world.



The INDC’s only take us through to 2030, and large reductions in GHG will be needed thereafter according to the UNFCCC. Yet it is unlikely that any discussions will start on this until at least 2020.

But doubtlessly, Comrade Harrabin and the rest of usual suspects will declare Paris a stunning success, so as to persuade us to carry on ruining our economies. At least until next year’s jamboree, when Prince Charles, Leonardo di Caprio and co will be wheeled out again to warn us that we only have months to save the planet!

  1. December 11, 2015 12:20 pm

    “Thieves falling out” comes to mind. Of course big thanks go to that alarmist rag the NYT for scoring an own goal and to Kerry for sticking both feet in his gaping mouth.

  2. saveenergy permalink
    December 11, 2015 12:25 pm

    Well Goodness Gracious Me !!
    (showing my age !!!)

    • John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia. permalink
      December 11, 2015 1:14 pm

      Peter Sellers made a great Indian in The Party. I must watch that movie again.

  3. Bloke down the pub permalink
    December 11, 2015 12:32 pm

    Perhaps the cartoon was a deliberate act by the NYT to draw attention to the earlier one. By pointing out that India has a proficient space program, it makes it harder for the Indians to hide behind the ‘developing nation’ label during COP21 negotiations.

    • ek chakkar permalink
      December 12, 2015 2:33 am

      “…harder for the Indians to hide behind the ‘developing nation’ label…”
      – This is confusing. Westerner must decide if Indians are poor, as per annual GDP-per-capita reports from UN and other widely-cited institutions, or not so poor, as people like you seem to imply, or some combination.

      Bigotry of rich people is same everywhere, whether it is some bloke living next to slum in Mumbai or some bloke down the pub.

  4. P. G. Berkin permalink
    December 11, 2015 1:13 pm

    The Paris Summit Special doesn’t seem to have any steam up, anyway, nor even much going on in the firebox.

  5. December 11, 2015 1:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Petrossa's Blog and commented:
    Don’t worry, plenty of nice 5 star resorts to have their get together. Siberia comes to mind

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      December 11, 2015 2:22 pm

      What a good idea, next COP meeting to be in Siberia, in mid winter! I like it….very, very much. And no starred hotels, let them live in a yourt.

  6. sarastro92 permalink
    December 11, 2015 1:32 pm

    The NYTimes has assigned a new activist cheerleader as lead reporter at COP21 — one Coral Davenport. Her reports are sophomoric polemics that oscillate between euphoria and black depression. The headlines are largely dog whistles to the True Believers, while the actual text is dark and vituperative. China and India can expect a lot more scorn when the COP21 ends in meaningless failure — the world will not be saved– and blame will be assigned by the Inquisitors. No one will really care except the usual suspects.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      December 11, 2015 2:26 pm

      Interesting that you should mention “Inquisitors”. The Roman Catholic Church in times gone by used the Inquisition to persecute anyone who did not believe that the sun revolved around the earth. They set back science by hundreds of years, just like the green nuts are trying to do now.

      • December 11, 2015 2:35 pm

        #funfact Torquemada had it in for jewish females being jilted by a jewess for a turk. Many jewish females died for that reason. Religion be damned.

      • M E permalink
        December 11, 2015 6:49 pm

        I prefer evidence of this to constant assertions. This blog is for those who like evidence I hope otherwise it does no good. Falsus in unum , falsus in totum

      • saveenergy permalink
        December 11, 2015 11:49 pm

        @ ME • you could start here –

        Discere ante vos praedicare

  7. markl permalink
    December 11, 2015 4:29 pm

    The only reason China an India are even playing along with the AGW movement is hope that the West is so desperate to gain their following that it will pay for their inclusion. Soon both countries will tire of the international ridicule and shaming attempts to bring them aboard and when it’s obvious there’s no money in it for them they’ll fight back and out the scam for what it is. Hopefully Paris is their turning point.

  8. December 11, 2015 4:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    The New York Times, providing yet another telling contradiction to its moral crusade as champions of tolerance, equality, peace and racial harmony.

  9. nzrobin permalink
    December 11, 2015 4:52 pm

    Can I suggest a modified cartoon? Maybe Josh will be interested. One where the elephant is defiantly facing the train, standing firm, and behind her on the track are her young.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      December 11, 2015 7:42 pm

      Sounds good!

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