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COP26–The Stage Show

November 9, 2021

By Paul Homewood



Maybe it’s just me, but I get the impression that COP26 is little more than a stage managed exercise in virtue signalling, allowing world leaders and the great and the good to pat themselves on the back and pretend they are saving the planet.

Today’s discussions will mainly focus, believe it or not, on gender issues! Yesterday’s big event was a speech by yesterday’s man, Obama, calling on “young people to remain angry”.

If you think back to Paris and earlier COPs, they were acted out as some sort of drama. Arguments between countries, late night sessions, all miraculously resolved at the 11th hour with an “Agreement” to save the planet.

Maybe the scene for COP26 was set months ago, when it became clear that China, India and the rest of the developing world would not commit to any emission reductions by 2030, or for that matter 2035.

And if any doubts about this lingered, the refusal of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin to turn up soon cleared those up.

To recap, the main purpose of COP26 was to get countries to set new emission targets, as mandated every five years under the Paris Agreement. Given that the pledges made at Paris, the NDCs, or Nationally Determined Contributions, only set targets for 2030, the logic was that this year would see pledges for 2035.

But this has not been the case. Instead some countries have made small adjustments to their 2030 targets, which in overall terms won’t make the blindest of difference:


The impression of a stage show was reinforced when Joe Biden flew back home just two days after it had started, having fallen asleep and farted in front of Camilla in the meantime. And he was not the only one to fly back home having made a fleeting appearance.

Since the glitzy first couple of days, the jamboree has been merely a series of boring speeches and discussions.

Some “agreements” were announced last week, but it is clear that these had already been made weeks beforehand. And these supposedly landmark pledges appear to be more hot air than substance.

Take deforestation, for instance, announced on the very first day. We were told that 110 countries  had made the “landmark” commitment to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. The pledge includes £14bn of public and private funds to encourage success. According to the Telegraph:

This all sounded like quite the breakthrough until experts pointed out it was hardly a “landmark” at all. A similar pledge was made in 2014 at the New York Declaration on Forests and five years on was declared a failure.

That declaration, endorsed at the 2014 UN climate summit in New York was endorsed by 150 governments, companies and other organisations. The deal pledged to halve deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030. But an official report in 2019 said the New York declaration had been a failure and that deforestation had “actually accelerated” in the intervening years.



Then there was coal. Again the Telegraph say:

What they say:

The UK made a breakthrough announcement last Thursday that 190 countries and organisations were now committed to phasing out the use of coal. In an official release, Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business and Energy secretary, declared that “spearheaded by the UK’s Cop26 presidency… the end of coal is in sight”.

The reality:

Critics were quick to accuse the Government of overselling the deal. Although the announcement sounded impressive, the number of countries signed up totalled just 45 and did not include the US, China, India or Russia. Wales was cheekily included as an extra nation alongside the United Kingdom. The Government had also added to the pledge 120 entities who had already signed up to a separate Powering Past Coal Alliance agreed as long ago as 2017.

Even of the 190 entities that the Government was including, it emerged that only 23 were countries with new commitments and six of those had not fully committed. Ten of the countries that were signed up to the pledge don’t actually use the fossil fuel in their power stations.

The wording of the pledge also appeared to be watered down with a commitment to end coal power for developed nations by 2030 and by 2040 for developing nations. Crucially, a caveat was added “or as soon as possible thereafter”.

For example, Indonesia, a major coal user, agreed to phase out coal “into the 2040s” but only on condition of receiving financial support. Poland declared itself a developing nation to fit in with its own deadline of 2049.


And then there was the methane pledge, pushed by that corrupt pair, Joe Biden and Ursula von der Leyen. More than 100 nations pledged to reduce global methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

The Global Methane Pledge comes with caveats. Major emitters like Russia, China and India have not signed up and the commitments are all voluntary, as indeed the coal and deforestation pledges are.

The United Nations points out that even with these new pledges and the other national plans in place, all greenhouse gas emissions will rise by 13.7 per cent by 2030. In fact to keep to 1.5C, emissions need to fall in the next ten years by 45 per cent, according to climate scientists.

There will, of course, be some sort of final communique agreed at the end of COP26. World leaders will doubtlessly “agree to save the planet” (again!). And the BBC will proclaim it as a triumph, and insist that we must therefore push on and impoverish ourselves in the quest for Net Zero.

And, as sure as eggs are eggs, Prince Charles will be back on his soap box in a year or two time, warning us that we only have 12 months to save the planet.


In a way, of course, this is good news. We may have already passed beyond Peak Climate Hysteria. Most of the world, outside of the West, has shown it is only interested in the money it can extort. And even in western countries, people are now beginning to wake up to the harsh reality of how much it is going to cost them.

Meanwhile, the public are getting fed up with the arrogant hypocrisy exhibited by the global elite, who shamelessly flew into Glasgow in their private jets.

And as global emissions continue to rise in the next few years, and the climate apocalypse fails to materialise, the public will simply become bored of the whole affair.

As Greta said about COP26 last week. it’s all “Blah, Blah,Blah”!

  1. Harry Passfield permalink
    November 9, 2021 12:18 pm

    I wouldn’t so much call it a side-show: more a distraction, in the same way conjurers use sleight of hand. The key decisions will be made in the early hours of Saturday and we won’t know the nitty-gritty for many months after. The WET and IPCC only want one thing: world control by the elite; breadcrumbs and gin for the proles

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      November 9, 2021 12:19 pm


    • T Walker permalink
      November 9, 2021 12:38 pm

      GIN Harry? At least the wife will be happy!! and I do need to lose weight.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      November 9, 2021 1:01 pm

      Saturday? More like Sunday night or even Monday morning if previous COPs are anything to go by. I’m not sure when was the last one that actually finished on time.

  2. MrGrimNasty permalink
    November 9, 2021 12:25 pm

    Apparently the leader of Brighton’s Green council Phelim Mac Cafferty flew to Glasgow to attend last Friday.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      November 9, 2021 1:51 pm

      Yep. Maybe Lucas too. Claimed train, but…

  3. Ben Vorlich permalink
    November 9, 2021 12:34 pm

    Looks like the French courts might be causing a slight issue for the drive towards renewable.

    “French court recognises ‘turbine syndrome’ after couple claim symptoms caused by wind farm”

  4. November 9, 2021 12:36 pm

    We finally had killing frosts here in northern WV, but today is to be 67F and NO rain. Several dry days.

    I plan to be out dealing w/ a honeysuckle thicket which took over one of my large daylily beds. Thanks to my battery operated chain saw, 26″ hedge trimmer and string trimmer. And I mention my large garden tractor and 17cu ft. cart to convey the mess to the brush pile to be burned.

    BTW today is my 77th birthday, and I am handling the climate just fine. Sorry to disappoint those who want to make me a victim. I just have neither the time nor patience for these clowns.

    • November 9, 2021 5:55 pm

      Happy Birthday, Joan.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      November 9, 2021 6:45 pm

      Happy birthday Joan!

      • November 10, 2021 12:55 pm

        Thank you fellow “ThinkingScientist”. It is not amazing we have to put “thinking” in front of “scientist” these days? The world seems to want to make us one-dimensional. Yesterday, I was out in ratty clothes (one half step ahead of the garbage can) and Wellingtons cutting out the honeysuckle thicket over my daylily beds. That is the persona I am given as a “botany woman” (3 degrees) by some.

        Tomorrow, as Regent of my DAR Woodburn Chapter, I will be laying a wreath on the Monongalia County Courthouse Square along w/ others at 11:00 am for Veterans Day. I will be wearing one of my own tailored designer Chanel-style suits, a hat, white gloves and high (and I do mean high) heels. Now my persona to some will only be that and they will be shocked to learn I actually venture outside.

  5. europeanonion permalink
    November 9, 2021 12:38 pm

    Methane is emitted from paddy fields, I would imagine that rice sustains more people than cows do. Methane is part of the process of fixing CO2 in the soil, as far as I know. But the whole thing about COP26 is the intention to increasingly disenfranchise the whole of the working class world in favour of elites and seems to refer back to feudalism,

    ‘…the inarticulate peasantry, of whom we shall always know relatively little, and of the upper classes whose lives centred on the castles and their dependencies’

    ‘But the climate must now, if we are to believe the chronicles, have been worse than in Roman times. They constantly complain of downpours, sometimes lasting for months’.

    ‘There were running complaints of thunderstorms and steeples struck by lightening’.

    Quotes from John Bowle’s, The English Experience, looking at 12th Century England.

    Some have said that this is the final throw of the dice for the elites to maintain social differentials and, as always, there is no limit to the application of prerogative over sense and fact, that they are bound to deploy. The COP series have all been failed coups. They have already taken-over the means of broadcasting, the prime objective in any coup d’état. One day their insurrection will work and then all resources will be handed to the elites. The enemies of the ‘state’ will be winkled out, especially those stirrers and malcontents that cannot rest, feeling a bounden duty to mine information and draw conclusions contrary to the propaganda, reach conclusions that do not flatter the leadership. This is that moment when a man stood against endowment, indulgencies and corruption, “Here I stand, I can do no other”. That is what we are left with, it is a worthwhile cause, a repeat of Martin Luther’s principled stand against the orthodoxy..

  6. John Cullen permalink
    November 9, 2021 12:40 pm

    Hello Paul,

    I’m not sure I entirely agree with you. While at the global level much of the outcome from COP26 will be “Blah, blah, blah”, this is not true for us in the West (and especially the UK) where Net Zero and other damaging energy-related policies are firmly embedded in legislation. The current bending of the West’s financial sector towards green finance (i.e. subsidy-supported technology) threatens to lead us into another enormous financial meltdown once the subsidies end and the enormous costs of the current generation of renewables technologies are exposed for all to see (as described by prof. Gordon Hughes formerly of Edinburgh University – see the link below); this will be Stage 2 of the financial crisis that began towards the end of the noughties.

    I’m a retired electrical engineer so am somewhat out of my comfort zone. So, with your accountancy hat on, Paul, do you fell able to comment, please?


  7. Broadlands permalink
    November 9, 2021 1:26 pm

    If one looks closely at the BBC’s little chart, it implies we need to capture and safely store about 50 gigatonne…. 50,000 million tons of CO2 A YEAR. So, after 10 years that would be 500 billion, or all the CO2 that has been added since 1987 when CO2 was at 350 ppm. That is so absurd that it is a wonder it was ever put on a chart.

    Going back to what Richard Feynman said…”For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.”

    But fools are in charge.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      November 9, 2021 6:41 pm

      Feynman has an apt quote for almost every aspect of climate science.

      His Cargo Cult Science speech is very prescient and pretty accurately explains the parlous state of CliSci.

      Feynman was the man. He would have had a field day with climate scientists.

  8. November 9, 2021 1:27 pm

    By far the best comment to come out of 2 weeks of blah blah blah is this

    “Solar power is the future,,,,,,,, but it won’t happen overnight” Classic!

  9. mjr permalink
    November 9, 2021 1:50 pm

    Wasnt aware the Biden had farted in front of Camilla.. What is the issue here? Was it her turn? Has he breached protocol in queue jumping in front of a duchess ? How did they know? Did it smell of McDonalds and Bourbon rather than Larks tongues and Dubonnet?
    We should be told. These yanks know nothing of the aristocracy and forelock tugging niceties.
    Glad something important came out of this whole debacle

    • grammarschoolman permalink
      November 9, 2021 3:27 pm

      Too much methane from the old man, probably.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      November 9, 2021 4:50 pm

      Snopes bothered to fact check if Biden soiled himself during his the meeting with the Pope, so that definitely happened.

  10. November 9, 2021 1:53 pm

    “As Greta said about COP26 last week. it’s all “Blah, Blah,Blah””
    …including everything that Greta herself said.

    John Cullen rightly points above out that the actual policies the UK plans to implement for “Net Zero” are highly damaging – indeed, they are little short of insane. “Green poverty” beckons.

    Even the target of “Net Zero” makes no sense at all – there is nothing particularly appealing about the climate in the century or so prior to 1850, why would we want to return there? The reality is that we a walking a path that teeters on the edge of a cliff – the cliff leading to the next glacial period. Instead of walking towards that, we should be heading in completely the opposite direction. Remove CO2 from the atmosphere – are you out of your mind??

    I call this “Climate Delusion”.

  11. November 9, 2021 1:56 pm

    As with Covid 19 its all about the Finance system and continuing the Dominance of Debt based mass control.

    “Hard numbers in service of all people and our planet — that’s the real bottom line.

    Are you part of the $100 trillion solution?” Mark Carney

  12. Sam Duncan permalink
    November 9, 2021 2:23 pm

    “Maybe it’s just me, but I get the impression that COP26 is little more than a stage managed exercise in virtue signalling”

    Gosh, whatever tipped you off?

    “Yesterday’s big event was a speech by yesterday’s man, Obama, calling on “young people to remain angry”.”

    Thus betraying the agenda: young people with little experience of the world exhorted to anger rather than thought. Next stop (if we haven’t already passed it), the Two Minute Hate.

    “Instead some countries have made small adjustments to their 2030 targets, which in overall terms won’t make the blindest of difference”

    As far as anyone knows (as opposed to believes), nothing will make a blind bit of difference.

  13. Coeur de Lion permalink
    November 9, 2021 6:05 pm

    Carbon dioxide (not carbon) will continue to rise at 2ppm a year for the foreseeable future so we had better get used to it. It will have no effect on the weather.

  14. November 10, 2021 10:23 am

    What it screams from the rafters is that they have nothing concrete to talk about. The whole charade is propped up by a myriad of left wing factional grievance mongers.

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