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BBC Still Don’t Understand Paris Agreement

October 24, 2020

By Paul Homewood



h/t Robin Guenier



The BBC are much like the old Soviets – they lie so much about climate change that they end up believing their own lies:


In this latest piece on Trump, they include the inevitable section on climate:



Stepping back on climate change

It’s hard to pin down what President Trump believes about climate change, as he’s called it everything from "an expensive hoax", to a "serious subject" that is "very important to me". What is clear is that six months into the job, he dismayed scientists by announcing America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, which committed nearly 200 countries to keeping global temperature rises well under 2C.

The US is the second-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China, and researchers have warned that if Mr Trump is re-elected, it may become impossible to keep global warming in check.

Rejecting the Paris agreement, the president claimed it "would have been shutting down American producers with excessive regulatory restrictions". This has been a theme for Mr Trump, who has removed a raft of pollution regulations to cut the cost of producing coal, oil and gas.

Several US coal mines have still closed, however, driven by competition from cheaper natural gas and state efforts to support renewable energy. Government figures show renewable sources generated more energy than coal in the US in 2019, for the first time in more than 130 years.

America’s exit from the Paris climate deal formally takes effect on 4 November, the day after the presidential election. Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the pact if he wins.

Fears that the US pull-out would prompt a domino effect have not been realised, although some observers believe it smoothed the path for Brazil and Saudi Arabia to block progress on cutting carbon emissions. 


Evidently the girl who wrote this piece has not read the Paris Agreement, because nowhere does it commit nearly 200 countries to keep global temperature rise under 2C.

The Agreement specifically tells us this is not the case:



And even the blinkered BBC finally realised this two years later:



Chart showing predicted global emissions and gap between pledges made to reduce emissions and target


The national plans offered up at Paris will actually lead to 3.3C of warming, according to the alarmist Climate Interactive site:



And, of course, developing countries have no obligation whatsoever to cut emissions at all, as we shall now see:

The clips below are from an excellent video interview by Canada’s Rebel News with Tom Harris, that I suggest you watch here:

The Introduction to the Paris Agreement makes clear that it is following the principles of the UNFCCC, including the “differentiated responsibilities” of different nations:


And the Convention is very explicit about what these differences are:



So, for developing countries, a category which still includes China, India and many other relatively wealthy states, the “first and overriding priority” is “economic and social development and poverty eradication”

 That is why Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement. It is quite disgraceful for the BBC not to make mention of this fact.

  1. October 24, 2020 2:55 pm

    Where is the acceleration in temperature increase that they keep ‘projecting’ supposed to come from? Very little has happened in reality since the late 1990s, apart from a couple of strong El Ninos.

    With a fairly powerful La Nina looking likely soon, the alarm-o-meter may well take a downturn.

    • October 24, 2020 7:10 pm

      Moddews my dear fellow, moddews. To say this whole concept is broken is to suggest it was once viable but through a serious of mistakes became not so. I am boring even myself when I say there is no statistically significant empirical data set in existence which supports the “claim” that CO2 released back into the Carbon Cycle by man is a contributor let alone a driver of the current and welcome warming which began 350 years. Geology and physics both support with empirical data that a CO2 driven warming of the planet is not happening and has never happened throughout geological history. If any of those wilfully promoting this political contrivance bothered to pay attention in physics classes as school they would know about the relative electromagnetic signatures of Water Vapour and CO2 and how what is claimed of CO2 is not supported by the physics, confirmed by geological history.

      As a final point it appears that all of Grete Thunbergs weirdness could be due to her being an alien because she let slip that she is able to see CO2. Given that CO2 in gaseous form registers only at the ultra low end of the infra red end of the electromagnetic spectrum far far away from the register of the human eye then any being visually approximating a human which have the capacity to “see” in the infra red register must have developed in a distant galaxy………

  2. cajwbroomhill permalink
    October 24, 2020 2:56 pm

    Yes, CC is important because, after Communism and Nazism, it represents the biggest SCAM of all time and the most waste of resources, all based on completely unproven, tendentious suspicions. Also the the most effective, fooling the great and the good.

    Just as well “You cannotfool all of thepeople all of the time”.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 24, 2020 7:55 pm

      Now you’ve done it, cajw: I will forever see CC (climate change) and think ‘Communist China’. They have – and will have, I hope – a lot to answer for. Not least, I really, really hope that those in the West who have taken the China Dollar will be brought to book: I hope my grandson will see the families who sold us out to the Chinese scam lose their wealth and inherited fortunes. when it comes to reparations they are top of my list.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      October 25, 2020 11:56 am

      It us business as usual for climate alarmists. Maximum alarm us quite normal for them.

  3. CheshireRed permalink
    October 24, 2020 3:05 pm

    Look at that ‘projection’ in orange! Absolutely absurd. Nowhere does real, observed data support the theory of ‘runaway’ warming.

    No positive feedbacks at the levels required and no high ECS. Fake alarmism all the way.

    • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
      October 24, 2020 6:24 pm

      This looks like RCP 8.5 – – a WAG regarding a worst case, but called “business as usual”.
      RCP 8.5

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        October 25, 2020 11:58 am

        It is business as usual for alarmists. Exaggerate and repeat.

  4. Don B permalink
    October 24, 2020 3:21 pm

    Even if carbon dioxide were the climate control knob, which it isn’t, whatever the U.S. does or doesn’t do makes no difference.

    The New York Times, July 1, 2017:

    “Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent.”

    All of the 62 coal burning countries had signed the Paris Accord.

    • October 24, 2020 7:14 pm

      yeth but yeth but no but, the lefties still have not got over Trump daring to interrupt their global plan and they hate him because…well they just hate him. How else can anyone in their right mind can seriously ignore the situation in China and India while denouncing Trump. There is a sizeable number of children who have thrown their toys out of the pram and continue to do so because …they have been permitted to think and act as children. Logic and empiricism have no place in the mind or the actions of a child.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        October 25, 2020 8:30 am

        Exactly. It doesn’t matter that Paris was worthless, lots of Progeessives had worked hard on it and it signalled how wonderful you were if you supported it. Saying it didn’t do what was claimed, as Trump said, makes you simply evil, because if you don’t agree with the way Progessives want to solve a problem you don’t care about the problem.

    • October 25, 2020 1:40 am

      “As Beijing Joins Climate Fight, Chinese Companies Build Coal Plants”

      Beijing joins climate fight?????

      There is a cultural chasm here. It must be hard for Western cultures burdened down with the value of truth to understand the language of Confucianism.

      • Tim C permalink
        October 25, 2020 3:01 am

        Absolutely they have according to Greenpeace, of course you must accept that Chinese nuclear plants are counted as renewables

  5. Robin Guenier permalink
    October 24, 2020 3:25 pm

    The references to 2ºC and 1.5ºC are found in Article 2.1(a) of the Paris Agreement. It states that the Agreement ‘aims‘ to hold the global average temperature to well below … (etc). An aim is not a commitment and it’s a disgrace that the BBC should assert otherwise.

    Not only is it evident that the girl who wrote this piece has not read the Paris Agreement, but it’s also evident that she has not read Trump’s Rose Garden statement about US withdrawal from the Agreement: Here’s what he said:

    China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it: India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours. … In short, the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries.

    He was right. And it isn’t just China and India. Far from it: countries throughout the world are currently building coal-fired power plants – many funded by China.

    Therefore his announcement that the US would withdraw from the Agreement, coupling that with an offer ‘to immediately work with Democratic leaders to either negotiate our way back into Paris, under the terms that are fair to the United States and its workers, or to negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers‘, was eminently sensible.

    • cajwbroomhill permalink
      October 24, 2020 4:03 pm

      Our UK, including Scottish, politicos and great and good, have been fooled, but many or most of them are fools.
      All they should know is the negligible proportion of world greenhouse gases the UK releases,

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        October 24, 2020 7:11 pm

        Fooled or bought. IMO.

  6. Barbara permalink
    October 24, 2020 3:45 pm

    This seems to be part of the BBCs efforts to ‘get Trump’ at this crucial time. This is what was said in the Daily Telegraph under ‘what to watch’ about the last in the series of programmes running this week which I can only assume was lifted from the Radio Times:

    Events during the Trump administration have moved so fast that much of this absorbing series has felt like ancient history. Tonight’s edition recalls the investigations into Russian electoral interference and the sexual scandals that engulfed both Donald Trump’s campaign and his presidency, first with the notorious “grab ’em by the…” recordings and then with the pay-off to porn star Stormy Daniels over their alleged affair.

    The downside of all this looking back is that we have to once again hear from members of Trump’s circle whom it would be a relief never to hear from again (Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Rudy Giuliani), frequently defending the frankly indefensible. Following one clip, when a White House aide pleads for sympathy for the Commander in Chief, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh. But even if this series fails to provide new revelations, it is still a valuable reminder of the dysfunction that has surrounds the President. “His entire life is about one thing,” argues his biographer Michael Woolf, “which is getting away with it.” With a fortnight to go till the election, whether The Trump Show is a grim warning from history or a harbinger of a dark future remains to be seen.

    • October 24, 2020 7:18 pm

      The BBC is actively interferring in an election in a foreign soveriegn nation. From a news blackout on Hunter Bidens emails to headlining and promoting the NYTimes gutter piece on Trump having a bank account in China. Where is the new DG I wonder….their bias should be a summary dismissal offence.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        October 24, 2020 8:03 pm

        What he said!

    • A C Osborn permalink
      October 25, 2020 8:42 am

      The TDS is strong in this one skywalker.

  7. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 24, 2020 4:02 pm

    I treasure the piece on TV by BBC’s Shukman for its many-layered lying when Trump pulled the American taxpayer out of the Green Climate Fund. Miami streets, Pacific islands, failing to mention that Trump’s USA wad the only country to hsve made substantial CO2 reductions! Little Maldivian wanting dollars for their new airports!
    There was a letter in The Times yesterday from Ban Ki Moon and others calling for U.K. to take a Dramatic and powerful lead in their hosting of COP26. Bring it on! Even the BBC will not be able to hide the mass of 20,000 eccentric freeloaders, the mad arguments, the general chaos and the final failure of the conference. Like Kyoto, Copenhagen, 23, 24, 25, ad lib.

  8. Nick permalink
    October 24, 2020 4:12 pm

    And why the hell shouldn’t India and China put all their energy into developing? More fool the whacky West, giving them a free run. We would do the same if the situation were reversed

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 24, 2020 7:22 pm

      Nick, it’s the UN, and them alone, who decide who has ruled that China and India are developing nations: only they, the UN, can alter that state. What is their obligation to change their mind? Clue: none.

      • Tim C permalink
        October 25, 2020 3:34 am

        If Trump had half a brain he would demand that China lose its developing nation status. That would bring this whole global change emergency warming climate stuff to a head.

      • Robin Guenier permalink
        October 25, 2020 6:42 am

        Harry: even if the UN supported a change, it wouldn’t happen unless China and India agreed. And there’s no chance of that.

        Tim: a US demand isn’t going to make it happen. In any case (see my post yesterday), when Trump proposed a renegotiation of the Paris Agreement, no other Western leader was interested.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    October 24, 2020 4:19 pm

    I can’t remember where I read it, it was recently, but it was an article to the effect that China is gaming the climate scare to achieve world economic (and hence inevitably political/military) dominance, and that the Paris Agreement is the main mechanism that is allowing them to achieve that.

    I’m not sure it’s fair to say that the Chinese are ‘gaming’ anything, it’s more like western politicians have decided for some unfathomable reason to destroy our economy, society, culture, freedom etc.

    • richardw permalink
      October 24, 2020 4:38 pm

      It’s not unfathomable. The political elite (not necessarily the elected one) has decided that democracy is dangerous in that it threatens their dream of a system of global governance. This is much like the argument for the EU but on a larger scale. Not having any political platform from which to launch this, global warming (then climate change) was identified as the threat from which only global governance could rescue us. I’m sure China has been playing its hand cannily throughout; after all once power has been concentrated at a global level it’s not a big step for China (by then the world’s largest economy) to assume effective control.

      • Broadlands permalink
        October 24, 2020 4:53 pm

        ” it’s not a big step for China (by then the world’s largest economy) to assume effective control.” They took a big head-start step when they released the coronavirus on all other global economies.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        October 24, 2020 7:30 pm

        Richard?: +111 Tòo many of our politicians have been bought. I am amazed at the likeness of Biden with Deben. Fortunately, they, like me, haven’t so long to go. But I insist they go first.

    • Robin Guenier permalink
      October 24, 2020 5:06 pm

      MRGN: possibly it was this (although it’s about the US election rather than
      World domination): China hits out at US climate record, in pointed message ahead of election

      It’s interesting that the picture of Xi shows him at a BRICS event. When UN Secretary General António Guterres convened a climate ‘action summit’ for September 2019, calling for national plans to go carbon neutral by 2050 and new coal plants to be banned from 2020, the environment ministers of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) reaffirmed their commitment to ‘the full implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted under the principles of the UNFCCC, including the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities’ principle. In other words, these five countries (the source of 44 percent of emissions) insist that they should continue to be exempt from any reduction obligation

      • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
        October 24, 2020 6:34 pm

        Those countries are stating their intention to continue building facilities for using Carbon based fuel. For the foreseeable future they are under no obligation to reduce such use.
        That’s what these words mean:
        the full implementation of

  10. Broadlands permalink
    October 24, 2020 4:48 pm

    Note 17. Projected level of 55 gigatons of CO2 by 2030? that’s 5.5 gigatons per year? Should be simple enough if they can find a safe geological place to put it and they have the CCS technology to do it. Both are currently impossible. We added about 40 gigatons in 2019.

    • Tim C permalink
      October 25, 2020 3:30 am

      I could make a comment about shoving it up a place where the sun doesn’t shine, but I wont

  11. October 24, 2020 5:23 pm

    Excellent research Mr Homewood, they BBC are not only completely distorting the facts but also lobbying for Biden. Outrageous.

  12. cajwbroomhill permalink
    October 24, 2020 5:28 pm

    Could this Covid virus release be a weapon of (industrial) war?
    Even if not, aggressors would take up the idea.

    • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
      October 24, 2020 6:37 pm

      No need to assign a sinister motive when incompetence will do.

      • cajwbroomhill permalink
        October 24, 2020 7:11 pm

        What’s the difference nbetween accidental and deliberate release of the virus if both causes lack hallmarks?

  13. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    October 24, 2020 6:16 pm

    Just being honest, Ms. Rebecca Seales of the BBC is part of the majority of “influencers” without a clue regarding the Paris Agreement.

    Suggest to her the topic of the UN’s Green Climate Fund, to which Obama infamously shipped $1,000,000,000. Some other nations also contributed.
    Where was this money sent? {New York, Brussels, Seoul, ?}
    What people control these billions?
    Is there an “oversight” committee, who, how many, from where?
    What is the total donated?
    How has it been used?
    Has any amount been used “to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change?”
    What is the overhead cost of running this money through the UN? {salaries, buildings, travel, and whatever}

  14. Gary Lloyd-Coxhead permalink
    October 24, 2020 6:57 pm

    I’ve made a formal complaint to the BBC about the ‘factual inaccuracy’ of this article which is ‘fake news’. I probably won’t get an answer or it will make no difference, but it made me feel better to complain. I’ve had enough of the BBC’s bias!

  15. AndyG55 permalink
    October 24, 2020 10:11 pm

    “Government figures show renewable sources generated more energy than coal in the US in 2019”

    Let’s have a look at that claim..

    CO2 producing energy.. around 84%

    Wind 2.6%

    Solar 1%

    OOPS !!! Mis-information from the BBC.. unheard of 😉

  16. Is it just me? permalink
    October 24, 2020 10:22 pm

    The BBC is just no longer trustworthy and I’m seriously considering terminating any further payments for a licence fee. The rumour they are even considering hiring George ‘prince of darkness’ Osborne as the next D.G will definitely mean not paying it!

  17. bobn permalink
    October 25, 2020 12:39 am

    Ive stopped paying the bbc tax. They sent several repeated computer generated reminders and extortion notices that i ignored and burnt. Now they seem to have given up threatening. Never had any notice, letter or contact from an actual human being. Life’s much calmer since we stopped watching TV propaganda.

  18. Vanessa Smith permalink
    October 25, 2020 10:38 am

    The BBC write the scripts for David Attenborough (he is not a scientist but an employee of the BBC) so we know what they think and where they want us all to go !! Over a cliff !!

  19. Vernon E permalink
    October 25, 2020 4:28 pm

    Yesterday’s BBC “London Calling” devoted the whole half hour to climate change (derived from Trump’s denial of course) with the three guests all committed believers. The Beeb itself was represented by Justin Rowlatt Chief Environmental Correspondent talking utter drivel but the real question is how many of these plonkers do the Beeb have in these roles? With Harrabin one was one too many!

  20. europeanonion permalink
    October 25, 2020 5:03 pm

    No matter what our faith we are all in endless wonder at the creation of the Earth and natural richness. As some have come to believe, this marvel was the work of God. Children, from an early age were told of the wonders of the world and instructed/asked to prey to this Deity in thanks for being here to witness it all. In times of stress, even the atheist the agnostic, in the light of situations where there seemed no salvation in man’s doings, have looked to this Deity for encouragement and victory, hope, safety. Today there are so many mystical people about who, by one means or another, claim the world is, without intervention from other humans, coming to an end.

    People such as David Attenborough turn out to me minor deities; never doubted or his pronouncements taken as anything other than truth. He is, of course, casting doubt on all religions in as much as he seems to believe that the world that may have been created by that Deity is now being wantonly destroyed by the same entity. Something that we have relied on for millennia laid aside, doubted, to be replaced by soothsayers and necromancers? All that comfort that for billions of human beings was the only hope, questioned? Not only do these people inflict there suppositions on us they take away our hope. The world becomes a different place. Our faith/wonder is placed in the hands of people as faulted as ourselves, as ignorant as ourselves.

    The proposition is even more pernicious when you regard the damage being done right now to our environment, permanently, not on some phenomenon that those of the Philosopher’s Stone persuasion feed us, but in the name of HS2. Is there any measure for quantities of damage done to us that can add apples and oranges in one column or subtract monstrous engineering projects from AGW, or our understanding of it? How is that those that inflict permanent damage to our neighbourhoods are the same people who pontificate so ignorantly and with such certainty, about the weather?

  21. October 26, 2020 10:42 am

    “What is clear is that six months into the job, he dismayed scientists by announcing America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, which committed nearly 200 countries to keeping global temperature rises well under 2C.”

    Promises made, promises kept. I, for one, as a scientist who understands the change of climate over millions of years and that cycles of weather occur, concurred with President Trump’s decision. In fact, I literally stood up and cheered when he made the announcement in the White House Rose Garden.

    • cajwbroomhill permalink
      October 26, 2020 11:20 am

      A very good reason to re elect, fingers Xd


      • October 27, 2020 10:58 am

        After my 2 mile morning walk on Tuesday, November 3, about 6:50 am, I will pick up my ID and some $$ and walk to cast my vote for Donald J. Trump and a whole lot of down ballot at precinct 26 which is my former junior high school. On my way home, I will get one of the big, fluffy breakfast biscuits and hash brows potatoes at Tudor’s Biscuit World and make a great cup of coffee.

  22. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 26, 2020 12:15 pm

    Trump is responsible for numerous foreign policy successes. (Spectator article; how did the BBC Gail to cover this aspect of his tenure, I wonder? Oh, it’s Trump Derangement Syndrome again)

  23. Russ Wood permalink
    October 26, 2020 2:10 pm

    In the 1960’s, Wally Whyton sang:
    “Leave them some flowers, some grass and a hedgerow, a hill and a forest, a view to the sea.
    These things are not yours to destroy as you want to – a gift given once, for eternity”.

    In the 1960’s, this was an appeal against the over-industrialisation of Nature. But look now just WHO is destroying the hills, forests and sea views!

  24. October 26, 2020 4:32 pm

    You can also tell the little girl that Trump remains in power and will exit Paris because the inauguration does not happen until 20th January 2021.

  25. Wobbledog permalink
    October 26, 2020 5:46 pm

    Q: Why doesn’t Greta ever visit China?
    A: They’re already communist.
    ~The People’s Cube

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