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‘Breakthrough’ At Midnight: UN Climate Talks Agree To Delay Paris Rules Until 2018 (As Expected)

November 21, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




From GWPF:

Nearly 200 nations agreed around midnight on Friday to work out the rules for a landmark 2015 global deal to tackle climate change within two years in a new sign of international support for a pact opposed by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

At the end of two-week talks on global warming in Marrakesh, which were extended an extra day, many nations appealed to Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, to reconsider his threat to tear up the Paris Agreement for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Showing determination to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the conference agreed to work out a rule book at the latest by December 2018.

A rule book is needed because the Paris Agreement left many details vague, such as how countries will report and monitor their national pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Two years may sounds like a long time, but it took four to work out detailed rules for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Agreement’s predecessor, which obliged only developed countries to cut their emissions. Paris requires commitments by all.

The final text also urged rich nations to keep building towards a goal of providing $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar told a news conference that Marrakesh had been the start of turning promises made in Paris into action.

“We will continue on the path,” he said, urging Trump to join other nations in acting to limit emissions.


In other words, the whole shebang has been an utter waste of time!

  1. 1saveenergy permalink
    November 21, 2016 2:06 pm

    Where & when is the next climate Jamboree ?

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    November 21, 2016 2:10 pm

    I wrote to my MP (the AG) to complain that the PM had signed up to the Paris Agreement – which then became law according to the ecstatic BBC – without it being debated in Parliament; and he palmed me off with some Humphrey-speak about it being a good thing to de-carbonise our country. I really just do not have the heart to get back in touch with him and complain that the PM has signed into law an agreement for which no rules yet exist. I mean, how does that work now? Is this not the very definition of a pig-in-a-poke?

  3. Malcolm Bell permalink
    November 21, 2016 2:10 pm

    So, they only extended their holiday by one day. That seems lacking in creative imagination, couldn’t they drag it out a whole week?

  4. HotScot permalink
    November 21, 2016 2:11 pm

    Aw, come on. Marrakesh gave 25,000 scientists a well earned holiday for 2 weeks….and a day. It only cost about £12.5M, cheap at twice the price.

  5. Gamecock permalink
    November 21, 2016 2:19 pm

    ‘many nations appealed to Trump’

    No, they don’t.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 22, 2016 2:03 pm

      Their governments and associated cronies did. The people aren’t bothered unless they make money from green subsidies.

  6. Broadlands permalink
    November 21, 2016 2:31 pm

    Maybe a peek at reality?

    Kevin Anderson and Glen Peters, SCIENCE (October 14, 2016)… “The trouble with negative emissions”

    “Negative-emission technologies are not an insurance policy, but rather an unjust and high-stakes gamble. There is a real risk they will be unable to deliver on the scale of their promise. If the emphasis on equity and risk aversion embodied in the Paris Agreement are to have traction, negative emission technologies should not form the basis of the mitigation agenda….the mitigation agenda should proceed on the premise that they will not work at scale.”

  7. November 21, 2016 2:42 pm

    Donald Trump…already making America great again!!

  8. November 21, 2016 3:26 pm

    All this without the evidence that warming is related to emissions

  9. Athelstan permalink
    November 21, 2016 4:01 pm

    Honestly speaking, how many would voluntarily roll up, if they had to pay for it all through using their own money?

    In other words, the whole shebang has been an utter waste of time!

    Oh definitely! a total waste of time…………….but also, through deferring a decision thus, it guarantees another two years of taxpayer funded bun fights, gobfests spanning, swanning around world to prepare for – YES two more Marrakesh/Paris, Durban, Cancun, Copenhagen…… et bloody cetera UN COP fest, The gatherings of; the great tea leaf readers and priestesses of green, that group think of the jet set ecowarriors SJWs, NGOs champagne Socialistas and their five star jamboree.

    What elective pres’ Donald Trump needs to do to drain it and banish forever the swamp hounds and greentards who congregate around this UNfccc COP lagoon – is to sever the umbilical, defund it and hit ’em where it really hurts: in the pocket.

  10. November 21, 2016 4:20 pm

    It’s as pointless as talking about where you are going to stop for lunch when you’re stuck in a non-moving queue on the M6. Unless temperatures actually start rising – it’s all just hypothetical claptrap – and I hope they brought along something to pee into.

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