Poland saying “Nie” to Green demands

By |2013-11-15T19:30:14+00:00November 15th, 2013|Climate|5 Comments

You’ve heard us say the UN’s decision to have a climate conference in Poland was a big mistake. Poland is not only a nation highly skeptical of climate alarmism, but also one that is supportive and heavily reliant on coal and fossil fuels. Poland was probably not going to offer them the reception they were looking for.

Now it appears some Greens are coming to a similar conclusion.

At a press briefing this week, Tobiasz Adamczewski, a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, reported that the group “received information from the Chancellor of the Prime Minister today that by 2060 Poland will be based 100% on coal.”

He went on to glumly note, “We received in their report that coal is the cheapest energy source therefore it is the ultimate energy source.”

One could almost feel the air go out of the room. Poland, as the host of the conference, was supposed to jump on board the global warming bandwagon. But it doesn’t appear Poles necessarily feel the same way.

By virtue of an EU mandate to increase their share of renewables to 15.5% by 2020, the country has bumped up its use of “Green energy” from 5% in 2005 to around 10.4% today. But since 45% of this comes from chopping down trees to burn biomass, neither the WWF or UN is particularly impressed by this achievement.

By 2030 the EU mandate will sunset, and while many Green Europeans might like to see it extended, the Poles are almost surely not among them. This means, according to WWF, that the mandate will not create 800,000 Green jobs in Poland as promised, it will not be subsidized, and will slowly die altogether leaving coal to rule the energy roost.

To make matters worse, even in the short run Poland still does not have a renewable energy standard put into law – and the one it is currently working on, says WWF, continues to treat coal as a good source of energy.

They just don’t seem to get it.

Poland isn’t willing to distance itself from this valuable energy source no matter how much it comes under attack. The nation even allowed companies that burn fossil fuels to sponsor their climate conference, a blasphemy that also seemed to get under the skin of the WWF spokesman.

CFACT, of course, salutes the Poles and finds them to be a role model for the rest of the world. If only all countries had the backbone to stand up to the Greens and face down the alarmists in such a resolute manner. Having attended numerous climate conferences over the past 15 years, we cannot remember a time when a host country didn’t placate the climate lobby and stood up to them like Poland is doing at COP 19.  Let’s hope Poland remains steadfast in their principles and good sense.

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  1. jameshrust November 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Great news. Keep up the good work. Maybe I will live to see an end to this nonsense.

  2. Kevin Ronald Lohse November 16, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    The snowflake of Australia’s new government’s repudiation of green fear-mongering seems to be rapidly turning into an avalanche burying the Greens. Unfortunately, the UK’s PM is not one who is prepared to bow to reason and will continue to lead the UK naked into the conference chamber. I almost hope that the lights will go out this Winter.

  3. Leslaw Dietrich November 17, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Banner translation is incorrect. It should be: No to UN climate LIES! http://www.cfacts.org

  4. clive November 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Next year may see a change in the UK.UKIP have been given a cash injection from a well healed business-man.They want to leave the EU and stop the push for renewables.I wish them luck and will help spread the word far and wide.

  5. xBeth November 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Good science is only possible in an adversarial environment. Scientific consensus is nothing more than a way to extend the longevity of a false hypothesis. The theory that withstands withering attacks from all sides is a better bet than the theory that survives because it is never challenged.

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