COP 19: Realism dawns as nations pull back CO2 targets

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As the Obama administration utilizes any excuse available to throttle down American energy production, other countries are headed in the opposite direction.

Belchatow coal plant, Poland

Belchatow coal plant, Poland

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%. COP 19 fossil of the day awardJapan 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

Australian P.M. Tony Abbott

Australian P.M. Tony Abbott

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.

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  • Kevin Ronald Lohse

    WTF is, “short-term climate redistribution”?

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      It means grabbing some climate cash right now. Like the folks who took the federal funds for green businesses and then folded shop.

  • georgieporgy

    These Greenies are increasing pollution in the world when making out that they are trying to save it. Wind-turbines, solar power are being installed in such vast quantities but still require 100% back-up and they increase transmission losses and cause the robust generating plants to operate at 10% less overall efficiency. Where is the common sense in that. Also they are causing vast areas of rain forests to be cut down to burn causing huge distortions in the earths natural atmospheric balances, They DO NOT undertake rigorous analyses of their climate saving claims and the majority of Greens have NO real moral substance.

  • Ernie Clark

    It appears that there are some wise men still left on this planet. Sadly, it appears that none are in leadership positions in the United States. Why do politicians give credence to what “scientists” have to say? Scientists are men just like politicians and no better. They spin stuff to prove their ideologies and to keep the money coming their way. Global warming is a lie. The oceans are not getting any larger. The boundaries were set by our Creator and He says they shall not change. Ask anyone that has lived by the ocean for 40 plus years and you will find out that the ocean levels have not changed one iota!! There is a fixed amount of H2O in this atmosphere and the hydrologic cycle has not changed. The rains move about by the hand of our Creator, When you get record rainfalls in one area you get droughts in another. The same amount of precipitation will fall on this planet in fairly consistent rates every year. Rivers will rise and fall. The oceans will ebb and flow, but the cycle was set in motion thousands of years ago, and not billions. The cycle was changed thereabouts 4 thousand years ago after the flood. I reiterate, the ocean levels have not changed one iota! Scientists have not observed oceans rising. High tide today may be 3″ above yesterday and in 2 weeks it may be 3″ below what it was. There is no consistent rising of the tides. Just ask anyone that has an ocean side home or business. They observe it everyday of their lives. Scientists come and go. I am 50 years old and the levels of the oceans have not changed over my lifetime, nor will they. Read Bones of Contention and you will see what scientists are doing. They are fabricating a scenario that puts more $$ into their pockets and meets their ideology. There is no, notta, ZERO proof of their claims, even for evolution. I am an observation professional. I observe what the weather is doing around me daily. I hear people state that “this year” is the hottest year they can remember, knowing that it was one of the mildest recorded in the southeast of MS in the past decade. I also know that in my hometown we had ZERO days of 100 plus degree weather this year, which is out of the norm. Also, the other day I stepped out of my house and noticed that the thermometer showed 41 degrees, yet I knew that it was below 30 degrees. It was actually 28 degrees and the thermometer showed 41 degrees because the morning sun was shining on it. At least I had sense enough to realize this. I checked 2 other thermometers to get a more accurate reading. It is obvious to me that sometimes readings are taken that are false, yet they are reported as fact. Men marvel at record highs and lows and will even lie to show that it is hotter or colder wherever “I” just happen to be! This is “little boy in the sandbox” thinking.

  • Annette Rose Giesbrecht

    Obama does not want America to produce anything and that includes food. He would be happen if a deep freeze happens all across the United States and there are mass crop failures. That is why he supports fighting global warming.

  • yaki534

    Why don’t those idiots realize that global warming is a total lie?The global ice pack is growing, temperatures are cooling . Wake up. Open your eyes.

  • piperlord

    trust me, he’s awake real good, Mr. Rucker – things are going JUST AS PLANNED for the president’s WAR on America. Defeat is needed, now.

  • BS7SDEN

    Lib-Retards are always the last to understand the ‘real World’! There intellectual incompetents retards their learning capacity and cognitive thought process!