Former UN climate chief: Only three years left to save the planet

The United Nation’s former global warming czar has published a paper claiming humanity only has three years left to avert dangerous global warming and meet the goals of the Paris climate accord.

To do that, Christiana Figueres says governments and businesses need to pony up $1.3 trillion a year by 2020 earmarked for “climate action” to decarbonize the global economy. That’s on top of boosting green energy and phasing out fossil fuels, mostly coal.

“[S]hould emissions continue to rise beyond 2020, or even remain level, the temperature goals set in Paris become almost unattainable,” Figueres, the former head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, wrote in an article published in Nature. “The UN Sustainable Development Goals that were agreed in 2015 would also be at grave risk.”

“These goals may be idealistic at best, unrealistic at worst. However, we are in the age of exponential transformation and think that such a focus will unleash ingenuity,” Figueres wrote in her article, which was co-authored by a few environmentalists and scientists.

The Paris accord aims to “significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change” by keeping global warming “well below” two degrees Celsius by 2100. Beyond that, many activist scientists say global warming poses a danger to humanity.

World leaders are set to meet at the G20 summit in July, and Figueres wants them to “highlight the importance of the 2020 climate turning point for greenhouse-gas emissions” by imposing more policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and putting up more money for climate programs.

Figueres isn’t the first to propose a costly plan to limit future global warming. A group associated with former Vice President Al Gore issued a report in April calling for $15 trillion to be spent on green energy and other programs to limit global warming.

The Gore-affiliated Energy Transitions Commission’s (ETC) called for “investment in renewables and other low-carbon technologies some $6 trillion higher ($300 billion per year); while the largest required increases – of almost $9 trillion ($450 billion per year) – will be in more efficient energy saving equipment and buildings.”

A recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance report estimated $12.7 trillion was needed to keep projected global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

The report estimated $7.4 trillion will be invested in new green energy capacity by 2040, adding a “further $5.3 trillion investment in 3.9 [terawatts] of zero-carbon capacity would be consistent with keeping the planet on a 2-degrees-C trajectory.”

Figueres calls for about $1.3 trillion a year to fight global warming by 2020. So the actual cost of her plan is likely on par or higher than those suggested outlined by the Gore group and Bloomberg.

“[P]lans to fully decarbonize buildings and infrastructures by 2050, with funding of $300 billion annually,” she wrote, adding the “financial sector has rethought how it deploys capital and is mobilizing at least $1 trillion a year for climate action.”

That includes issuing “green bonds” to finance climate programs.

The world would need to get 30 percent of its electricity from green sources, electric vehicles would need to be 15 percent of the global vehicle fleet and reduce deforestation, wrote Figueres and company.

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  • model94

    I thought Gore said that 10 years ago

    • Stuart Goodman

      he did

    • J T

      No, that was Tipper Gore, down on all fours….

  • Larry

    Is that a photo of Patrick Swayze in drag? Dirty Dancing around the truth.

    • FosterCat

      LOL, that was my first thought too!

    • 84Cheetah

      LOL. That’s exactly what I thought. Only he was better looking!

      • J T

        “Your’e outta here too, Morgan. We’re selling booze here, not drugs. So, consider it severance pay, and take the train………….(there’s always barber college).heh, heh, heh.

    • J T

      Yes. AFTER he died of pancreatic cancer….

    • J T

      The name……………….is DALTON!

  • Immortal600

    I really wonder how many AGW believers actually believe the garbage that woman spouts. The impending catastrophe is always right around the corner. They are the little boy who cried “wolf”. No wonder people no longer believe them.

    • J T

      What woman? Al?

  • Tanya Bower

    Three years is about right….before the climate change to the New Little Ice Age makes the scam too obvious to ignore.

  • Fred Nurk

    The Global Warming scam is being used to further the UN’s agenda “UN Plan for 2030” – Global Socialism (but more like communism). Meanwhile Al Gore leaves all his lights on in his palace and has no solar panels at all. What an Inconvenient Truth. I was looking at a 1970’s video the other day about the impending arrival of the next ice-age. Still waiting.

    • J T

      Oh, Fred, it’s much worse than that, for A.Gore. His own minions are revolting against him, not because they’re angry at being lied to, (they all knew it was bs before me & you), but because the global pay-off hasn’t happened, and nor is it likely to, in the Trumpian Age. I’m so happy at the lib/left/Socialist traitor-to-America failures that I could blow myself! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  • Frank W Brown

    Cracks me up that these IDIOTS are so blind that they don’t see that their predictions all along have been FAILURES, and they STILL think they are right, idiocy run rampant.
    I’m STILL waiting for the ICE AGE they predicted back in the 70s, AND, of course, the ICE FREE poles that are taking a little longer to shed their ice, oops the ice is INCREASING, oh my!!!

    • J T

      It’s not funny though, Frank. It’s a little scary, to me. I’m 54, and I’m guessing you’re around the same age, maybe a little older. But I worry about the young ones who’re being indoctrinated, from K thru ? with all this lib/left Socialist “progressive” rubbish. That’s worrisome, to me….
      also, “A Communist is a Socialist with a gun, and you don’t get one!”

  • Even a trillion dollars will buy a lot of nuclear plants . Are that many really needed ? Surely if they seek to decarbonize energy production ( anti-green as that goal is ) they must agree that nukes are the most affordable and least environmentally destructive path .

    • Tom Ford

      Shhh – that makes TOO much sense, their little minds will explode!

  • jameshrust

    When will this scary stories end? Christiana has teamed up with Michael Bloomberg and the Sierra Club to run down coal with From the Ashes. This is full of gloom.

    • Tom Ford

      Just wait 5 years – then they will want all our money to fight global cooling and save the freezing (not drowning) Polar Bears. The scary fables will be different, but still there.

    • J T

      Take courage, James! All who you named are running scared right now, and worse (for them) DE-FUNDED! NOTHING scares the SPLC (SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER), whatever that is, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) whatever those pig-fckng muslimes are, CLF (Conservation Law Foundation), whatever that means……….do you see the bullsht? The anti-American Socialist lying, phony organizations use such ridiculous, meaningless, blithering titles so that no one, not even their foolish minions, can decipher who the hell they are, or what the fck they’re all about or trying to do.
      Of course, when the money’s traced, it all comes back to George Soros.
      And believe me you, he’s gonna get it, and his SONS FIRST!!!

  • Peter Pihun

    What a bunch of climate BS

  • Concerned

    We have yet to see a single example of a single prediction relative to AGW be true. In fact, all claims by the alarmists regarding AGW and Climate Change have been proven wrong! In science, if a “single data set” does not match the hypothesis, then that hypothesis is WRONG and that scientist needs to start over and develop the hypothesis that matches the data. In this case, ALL data sets prove the hypothesis wrong.
    To date, the only correlation to Global Warming and Climate Change is our sun. The Climate is always changing, with El Nino / La Nina driving short-term changes and the PDO and AMO giving us 40-to-70 year changes and major changes occurring at the 200-year solar cycle.
    Good, solid data shows that nearly all Global Warming is tied to solar effects: higher solar activity with sun spots, El Nino, La Nina, the PDO, the AMO, High-Pressure regions, Low-Pressure regions, and our jet-stream. Even the suns electromagnetic fields protect earth from cosmic radiation and with the current weak, inactive sun, these fields have dropped to levels not seen in over 100 years. The cosmic radiation leads to additional cloud cover at various altitudes and the combined effect is that we may well be into the global cooling cycle that can last for the next 30 years.
    With this back-ground, we have these UN elitists who want the world to spend $1.5T per year on AGW Climate Change, when in fact we may now be cooling???

    • Reason

      These are elitist that N.N. Taleb calls IYI or Intellectuals yet Idiots.

    • J T

      I’ve not read it written better, layman or other….

  • ONTIME

    So how much of her income does this UN Babe plan to hand over to the loonies…if she is so sure of her plan for you then she needs to lead the way or just get out of the way…..

    • Tom Ford

      Let’s see – they predict that doing nothing will kill off half of the population, but following their “plans” will starve half the population – does that sound like a good plan?

  • James Feguer

    Another scare tactic to milk more money from taxpayers for their financial gain!

  • Tuxedo_Plowboy

    Three year to load these whacko environmentalists up and send them to Mars. Problem solved!!!!

  • Tuxedo_Plowboy

    They must fear a cooling spell and a need to rush this scam while there is still time!!!

  • See this paper on the inaccuracy of climate change models: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/06/28/173948/

  • J T

    She looks like the evil old hill-billy lady on that black & white Lost In Space episode. The one when the giant plants tried to eat Judy (which, at 6 yrs old, I was already thinking about…………something, I don’t know what).

  • OH
    HORSESHIT. We heard this crap from Big Al, years ago. NYC was going to
    be underwater, along with most of the east coast by 2015. Try blowing
    that sunshine up someone else’s ass.

  • Ian L Gregory

    Well if we all
    A: stop breathing , which emits CO2 every time we breathe out.
    B: stop breeding which is over populating the planet and exacerbating the problem .
    C: stop making alternative energy systems which consume more resources and create more polution than they save .
    D: plug all the world’s gas spewing volcanoes which spew more Co2 in a year than mankind has ever produced .
    E: stop driving gas guzzling cars .flying in Aeroplanes and walk every where .
    F:stop politician and climate gurus spouting hot air .
    Then we might just save the planet .

  • J. Burns

    I think this sums it up best….
    “Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is
    the rule”. Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Doc Mercury

    For any who would like to watch the ‘Climate Hustle’ documentary that so unnerved the Paris delegates, it’s here:

    http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/30259-Weve-been…-Climate-Hustled.html