As the Obama administration utilizes any excuse available to throttle down American energy production, other countries are headed in the opposite direction.
On Monday, Poland will host an international coal conference which will coincide with the UN global warming summit. This has many global warming pressure groups calling COP 19 “the coal COP.” The coal conference prompted climate campaigners to give Poland their “fossil of the day award.”
Greenpeace projected slogans onto Polish coal plants such as, “storms start here.” Apparently Greenpeace hasn’t checked the scientific records and is unaware that extreme storm activity is occurring at a historically normal rate. See, Climate Depot’s extreme storm report.
In 2012 Poland, which generates nearly 90% of its electricity from coal, blocked an EU global warming agreement which would have called for an 80 percent cut in European emissions by 2050. In September, Prime Minister Donald Tusk declared that, “the future of Polish energy is in brown and black coal, as well as shale gas. Some wanted coal to be dispensed with, but energy independence requires not only the diversification of energy resources, but also the maximum use of one’s own resources.”
Poland is not alone.
As COP 19 week one drew to a close, Japan announced that it will slash its CO2 emissions reduction target from 25% to 3.8%. Japan shut down its nuclear reactors after a tidal wave damaged its Fukushima nuclear plant. Reuters quotes Japanese environment minister Nobuteru Ishihara as saying that “given that none of the nuclear reactors is operating, this is unavoidable.” Apparently Japan has figured out that while wind and solar may be good for public relations, they are no substitute for nuclear power. Japan even tried to make its cut seem less dramatic by switching the base year from which it will calculate reductions from the generally accepted 1990, to 2005, a year in which Japan concedes it emitted 3% more CO2.
Australia decided to demote the level of its delegation and sent a rank and file bureaucrat to the COP in place of a cabinet minister. Australia made a sharp U-turn on climate when Tony Abbot was elected Prime Minister in September. Abbot’s platform prominently featured a pledge to repeal Australia’s carbon tax. The Australian reports that Australia’s cabinet has decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism. Australia has instructed its delegation to COP 19 to “not
sign up to any new agreement that involves spending money or levying taxes,” and “rules out Australia playing any role in a wealth transfer from rich countries to developing nations to pay them to decrease their carbon emissions.”
Canada announced that it will be unable to meet its CO2 emissions reduction goals. In 2011, Canada, along with Russia and Japan announced their withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol.
As week two of COP 19 begins, the increasing willingness of countries to buck the established global warming trend presents strong challenges to those seeking short-term climate redistribution and a full-blown global warming treaty by COP 21 in 2015, in Paris.