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Biden’s Climate Forum Flop

September 18, 2021

By Paul Homewood


Sleepy Joe’s climate flop:




A number of key world leaders were notably absent from President Joe Biden’s Friday morning climate forum.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, representing the two countries the scientific community believes are the linchpins in effectively combating climate change, did not participate in the reconvening of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. Both leaders took part in the first forum, held by the White House in spring 2021.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other European heads of state also did not participate, though the continent was represented by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The remaining participants, per White House officials, included President Alberto Fernandez of Argentina, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry spoke on behalf of the United States.

White House officials noted to the Washington Examiner that although Xi, Merkel, and Modi did not participate in the president’s session, representatives from China, Germany, India, and Russia joined Kerry for a ministerial-level session following Biden’s departure.

  1. September 18, 2021 6:30 pm

    I cannot understand why Western politcal leaders are evidently uniform in crediting the carbon dioxide myths. Surely dissent and diversity should not be compulsorily. abandoned?
    Maybe the Western Naysayers are the counterpatrs of WSC in the 1930s warning about Nazi a disbelieving majority especially with the wiley Indians, Russian and Orientals see the CO2 as a false threat capable of causing our ruination, without any benefits, except to those in the money from the total shams.
    For all his faults, Donald Trump was right.

    • September 18, 2021 7:27 pm

      It’s obvious that our idiotic trip down the cul-de-sac called Net Zero will benefit the likes of China and India, who will continue to sell us stuff manufactured at lower cost than we can manage ourselves. The expectation ought to be that they will make encouraging noises, issue vague promises, and do absolutely nothing to reduce their competitiveness.

      If we try to employ a carbon border adjustment or whatever it is we’re supposed to call it now, it will have absolutely no value for exporters, and may instigate countermeasures.

  2. GeoffB permalink
    September 18, 2021 6:36 pm

    It is all falling apart for the green loonies, no gas, no wind, lets hope COP26 falls apart, All of us on Paul’s site are going to be vindicated for our beliefs. Not before time! Oh dear I already seen an article that the way to combat lack of gas is more wind!

  3. Colin R Brooks AKA Dung permalink
    September 18, 2021 6:38 pm

    Boris is beginning to look ridiculous over siding with the very few countries who are onboard with this.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    September 18, 2021 6:54 pm

    Maybe some of these countries are finally realizing that a Net-zero goal, even if reached, would have no material or long-term effect on the Earth’s climate. But they see what has happened, socially and economically, as a result of rapid reductions in emissions created by the pandemic travel lockdowns. They cannot continue to advocate and promote more and higher CO2 emission reductions without incurring even greater hardships, food and other shortages with higher prices. That cannot be avoided even by more pledges about carbon footprints.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    September 18, 2021 7:27 pm

    I’ve no time for Biden or his government. He is nothing more than a puppet with the fingers of Obama up his bum or those of Clinton (either of the horrible pair) pulling his strings, Add to that the financing of the unelected (Hollywood and Soros?) and you have a wholly undemocratic mix. Add to that the incompetence and corruption of the man, not to mention his (sad) illness and you have all the makings of a complete hegemony by those who think they have the right (though not the votes).

  6. It doesn't add up... permalink
    September 18, 2021 8:01 pm

    So what did they discuss?

    U.S. President Joe Biden urged world leaders on Friday to join the United States and European Union in a pledge to cut methane emissions

    The United Kingdom heeded the call, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledging to be among the first signatories of the Global Methane Pledge to reduce emissions of the harmful gas.

    So now you understand that the global gas shortage and soaring energy prices is all part of the plan to cut methane emissions.

    Which are going to have very little effect anyway:

    Click to access MethaneClimate_WijnGaardenHapper.pdf

    Perhaps they should have been addressing soaring energy prices, as previous meetings of heads of state would have done.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      September 18, 2021 9:00 pm

      What are the likely consequences in the UK? It looks as though the only way to attain this dotty target will be to kill off the cows and force us to go vegan.

    • MikeHig permalink
      September 18, 2021 10:18 pm

      Idau: I tried to scan-read that paper but it’s way beyond me!
      However I didn’t see something I was expecting to find – the interplay between the absorption spectra of methane and other gases.
      It has long been my understanding that methane’s “potency” as a GHG is based on stand-alone laboratory tests and the sort of molecular dynamics described in the paper. In the real world its absorption bands are heavily overlapped by those of water vapour which is present at 10,000 times the concentration. So whatever radiation methane would have absorbed has already been picked up by water vapour.
      The lack of mention in the paper makes me wonder if I have been mistaken. If anyone could confirm or correct mty view, it would be welcome.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        September 18, 2021 11:05 pm

        Compare Methane

        and water vapour

        The methane bands around 3000cm-1 are almost transparent in water. The overlap is only partial at the bands around 1400cm-1.

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        September 18, 2021 11:14 pm

        What I noted was (assuming the assumption is correct) is that methane would add about 0.016℃ to global warming after 50 years increase at the current average rate, assuming that this continued – although as the paper noted there are periods of several years (2000-2008) without increases.
        I also agree with you that the effect depends on NO interactions and also could be different at various latitudes and altitudes.
        To paraphrase “it’s assumptions all the way down.”

      • September 19, 2021 6:32 am

        You are 100% correct. The impact of methane on the climate is immeasurably small, but many people are making careers and lots of money out of the methane scam. So climate “scientists” won’t admit the truth and say it is all just propaganda – corrupt the lot of them.

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