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Macron Saves The World!

December 15, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Patsy Lacey

 

 

The puffed up popinjay, who just happens to be President of France, has decided to save the world!

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France has backed up statements that it’s willing to reward America’s climate researchers now that the US has backed out of the Paris global warming accord. President Emmanuel Macron handed out 13 of 18 "Make our Planet Great Again" grants worth millions of euros to US-based scientists. "You will now settle in, develop projects, enrich French, European research, because we’ve decided to give even bigger resources and to fully recognize what you are doing," Macron said in a speech at Paris startup hub Station F.

The grants bear a name that’s an obvious joke on Trump’s "make America great again" jingoism, and Macron hasn’t been shy about saying that they’re a direct response to the Paris pullout. "The U.S. did sign the Paris Agreement," he told CBS. "It’s extremely aggressive to decide on [your] own just to leave."

Research from the first group of winning researchers will focus on clouds, hurricanes and pollution. France and German will jointly launch a new competition next year and fund around 50 projects to the tune of about €60 million (around $70 million).

Originally limited to US scientists, the competition was opened up to non-French researchers around the world, to the dismay of some French scientists. Macron has also been criticized by researchers who say the money could be better used for France’s state-funded higher education system.

Despite that, the recipients were elated. France’s grants "gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support, to have the head of state saying I value what you do," US winner Camille Parmesan told the AP. She’ll work in the Pyrenees mountains, studying how human-caused climate change influences wild animals.

Macron said that the Trump’s move at first caused consternation, but ended up energizing the movement. "It’s a deep wakeup call for the private sectors and some of us to say, ‘Wow, so we have to react,’ " he said. "If we decide not to move and not change our way to produce, to invest, to behave, we will be responsible for billions of victims."

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/france-gives-apos-planet-great-135000486.html

 

Understandably French scientists are dismayed that this money could have been used within their own universities, rather than make an empty gesture.

Given the billions spent on climate research in the US each year, I cannot see how $70 million will make the slightest difference either way.

One might have thought that with all of the problems facing France, Macron might have more important things to concern himself with.

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33 Comments
  1. Broadlands permalink
    December 15, 2017 2:10 pm

    If the “science is settled” why keep funding more research on it?

    • December 15, 2017 2:20 pm

      and if catastrophe is certain why waste money on anything other than preparing for it?

  2. Nigel S permalink
    December 15, 2017 2:31 pm

    Camille Parmesan, the cheese eating surrender monkey joke pretty much writes itself.

    • Ian Magness permalink
      December 15, 2017 4:21 pm

      You beat me to it!!!

    • December 15, 2017 5:25 pm

      Parmesan is an interesting choice of grant recipient. She has form for getting it wrong regarding the flagship butterfly study that made her a climate superstar. See Jim Steele’s essay here for a summary.

      She wants to transplant elephants from Africa to North America.

      Not someone I would enlist to my team if I was interested in credibility.

  3. Coeur de Lion permalink
    December 15, 2017 2:39 pm

    In five years time when the grant runs out and nothing has happened to the ‘climate”, will anyone take them back?

  4. Coeur de Lion permalink
    December 15, 2017 2:39 pm

    In five years time when the grant runs out and nothing has happened to the ‘climate”, will anyone take them back?

    • kshadeslady permalink
      December 15, 2017 2:46 pm

      As a American, I’m hoping France will kindly keep them…at least until they get tired of sponging off that country.

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        December 15, 2017 10:01 pm

        Climatologists never get tired of sponging.

      • Nigel S permalink
        December 15, 2017 11:01 pm

        Perhaps a madeleine to remember the good times.

  5. Dung permalink
    December 15, 2017 2:41 pm

    Trump is the only leader taking a logical approach; he is funding two teams of scientists to research and report on climate change, Macron is an arrogant imbecile.

    • Dung permalink
      December 15, 2017 2:42 pm

      Covering both sides of the debate

  6. HotScot permalink
    December 15, 2017 2:58 pm

    I smell a rat.

    What will Macron do with all these highly paid academics after the three year term, cut them all loose?

    It seems almost like a job creation scheme to keep the bandwagon rolling until Trump faces election for his second term. And if he’s re-elected, there will be nowhere for them to return to.

    Macron left with a raft of highly educated, unemployed immigrants.

  7. E. Martin permalink
    December 15, 2017 3:11 pm

    Thank you M. Macron — that’s a good start!

    • December 15, 2017 3:49 pm

      Saving the world by showboating. Is that the French way?

  8. Green Sand permalink
    December 15, 2017 3:53 pm

    Where will they pay their taxes?

  9. Curious George permalink
    December 15, 2017 3:53 pm

    “The U.S. did sign the Paris Agreement,” Mr. Macron told CBS. Doublespeak. Mr. Barack Hussein Obama signed it personally. It has never been ratified. It is not a treaty. It has been crafted for Barack Hussein Obama to bypass all constitutional partners.

    • December 16, 2017 2:16 pm

      Well, actually it was a treaty no matter what the Boy King said. As such, it required a ratification by the US Senate which the Boy King knew would not happen. Therefore he declared it a “non-treaty” and signed it. President Trump changed his diaper and undid the illegal signing.

  10. Chris Lynch permalink
    December 15, 2017 3:54 pm

    You clearly can’t put a price on virtue signalling. Judging by the comments in WUWT on the same story the reaction stateside is ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’. Shame Michael Mann isn’t invited – apparently even the French have some basic standards!

  11. Athelstan permalink
    December 15, 2017 4:19 pm

    micron, self anointed speechifier for the evil Empire – or, maybe just doing the work of mutti and the globalist blob therein. He is, after all a banker.

  12. Rowland H permalink
    December 15, 2017 5:00 pm

    Claire Perry was on the Daily politics show gushing with praise in support of Macron who apparently believes that Fiji will disappear under the sea in 50 years time. Er what? Fiji isn’t exactly flat so Perry is showing her ignorance too. The whole global political establishment is living in cloud cuckoo land. There aren’ enough white coats around to collect them up and put them in the loony bin!

  13. Stonyground permalink
    December 15, 2017 5:19 pm

    What does the Paris agreement amount to anyway? Lots of empty promises about pretending to solve a non problem.

  14. Sheri permalink
    December 15, 2017 5:47 pm

    I’m fine with the activists leaving the USA and going to France. It’s a utopia in their mind—socialist, “green” and France does not question the stupidity of “experts” and “leaders”. Everyone will be much happier if these activists leave.

    (No scientists will leave. Only activists. This is politics, pure and simple. The US benefits all the way around.)

  15. December 15, 2017 7:18 pm

    Now we have an excuse to cut back even more on the incredibly wasteful Climate change research. They can go to France and waste the French Taxpayers money. Meanwhile we can grow our economy in the USA watch our paychecks increase and be able to visit France and drink their wine cheap as the Euro will keep going down.

  16. A C Osborn permalink
    December 15, 2017 7:27 pm

    Note the major disconnect here
    “Research from the first group of winning researchers will focus on clouds, hurricanes and pollution. ”
    US winner Camille Parmesan told the AP. She’ll work in the Pyrenees mountains, studying how human-caused climate change influences wild animals.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      December 15, 2017 10:13 pm

      Will she have to change her name to Camembert or Roquefort? I suppose Camille Bortuko ardi gasna is too long and Camille Etorki wouldn’t get much recognition.
      How about Camille Shetorki?

  17. December 16, 2017 2:23 am

    Giving these US ‘scientists’ is somewhat akin to the way the geese if France are fed for foi gras.

  18. gallopingcamel permalink
    December 16, 2017 3:19 am

    I love Macron.

    He is providing a home for these parasites and he won’t be sending us a bill for ridding us of these fleas and cockroaches.

  19. Phoenix44 permalink
    December 16, 2017 10:33 am

    Got to love “research” that already knows the answer – the changes are there and they are due to climate change apparently.

    How can anyone think this is science?

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      December 16, 2017 11:16 am

      The people behind the “proven science” mantra are brilliant PR men, they were challenge-free, apart from on the internet, until Trump came along. As you say Camembert has started with the cause and will now write papers highlighting it to be regurgitated in the mainstream meja: (just like IPCC).

  20. mikewaite permalink
    December 16, 2017 1:58 pm

    The French educational system is commonly considered (correctly or not) exemplary . If so then Macron must have nodded off during the ancient history sessions and missed hearing about the Trojan Horse.
    The activists that he is inviting into his domain are supporters of Oreskes, Klein and Figueres who have made no secret of the fact that they are using climate change to change western capitalism.
    Trump did not force these activists on the French , like Priam at Troy , Macron saw them or their cvs and invited them in.
    Given the hostility of France to the USA for many years , the spectacle of these activists working to destroy France’s economy , and international credibility , from within must be the reason he is usually photographed with a smile on his face.

  21. December 16, 2017 2:20 pm

    Between Macron in France and Trudeau in Canada, you don’t know where to look for the next stupidity. I just thank the Lord for President Donald Trump. The White House has an adult and a darned savvy one with guts at that.

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