With the spate of bogus horror “climate papers” coming out recently, e.g. rapid sea level rise, oceans dying and spreading drought, one has to wonder if they weren’t timed to scare politicians into taking rash action at climate-rescue conferences. If they were, they have failed miserably so far.
EU Environment Council in Luxembourg on Tuesday. (Photo: President of the Council)
Firstly, the international climate talks in Bonn, which were aimed at forging a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires next year, broke down, failed and ended with no result. There won’t be a Kyoto-2 anytime in the foreseeable future. See Kyoto obituaries everywhere and Yvo de Boer: Kyoto is dead.
Yet, Europe still insists on being gung-ho about going it alone in rescuing the climate with its roughly 10% modest share of global emissions – to show the world the way. But perhaps reality is finally beginning to sink in in Europe too. The leftist and warmist Klimaretter here reports that talks yesterday in Luxembourg between the EU’s 27 environment ministers also collapsed and ended in failure. Klimaretter writes:
Uproar among the EU Minister Council in Luxemburg: The 27 ministers have postponed negotiations.
Without energetic efforts, the EU will fall way short of its long-term climate targets. Artur Runge-Metzger, responsible director at the General Climate direction of the EU-Commission, drew up a handout for the environment ministers that hardly could have better illustrated political failure: instead of an 80% reduction, the production of climate gases will be reduced by only 40%.”
Not that this difference would make any climatic difference globally to begin with. To put it in perspective, the EU is responsible for just over 10% of the world’s CO2 emissions. That means the difference between 40% and 80% reduction in Europe would make little climatic difference globally, yet would entail huge costs and sacrifice for European citizens.
Initially a press conference had been scheduled for the early afternoon to present details on the new plan. But by 6 pm there was still no press conference. It was becoming clear that no agreement could be reached. Klimaretter writes:
So there was little wonder that by 6 pm there still had not been a press conference: Hopelessly without agreement, the ministers psotponed the matter. ‘A black day for the leadership of the EU,’ said the British Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, who put the blame on Poland: Poland refused to grant its approval for a step-by-step plan, and thus caused Runge-Metzger’s preparations to wind up in the dustbin.”
Also read here, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/eu-climate-britain-idUSB5E7HK01M20110621 – hat-tip GWPF.
So how does one say “Thank You!” in Polish?