Spiegel Describes Circus of “Trickery” In Run-Up To Paris. Russia Wants To Curb CO2 Emissions By Increasing Them!

Spiegel journalist Axel Bojanowski has an analysis on the Berlin climate negotiations now taking place among the leaders of 36 nations who have the aim of laying the groundwork for a binding climate treaty in Paris later this year.

The title: “They’re tricking; they’re getting creative.”

Bojanowski calls it the “big climate show”. Although big delcarations are being made, behind the scenes “creative steps” and “tricks” are the real order of the day.

Grandstanding

For example rich nations like France and Germany are climate grandstanding and promising to provide even more money to poor countries to help them fight climate change and switch over to renewable energy sources. But Bojanowski describes how no one appears to be really willing to make the hard compromises that alarmists are demanding. As a result countries are resorting to creative trickery to shirk real climate responsibility. For example climate insurances are to be set up in order to cover weather damages in poor countries, but not much else.

Ducking the real questions

Bojanowski writes, however, that the all-important and really decisive questions are being pushed to the sidelines, foremost:

How does the global community intend to curb the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, which climate science says will result in considerable warming?”

Here the Spiegel journalist writes that it is still unclear for many EU countries how they will reach their stated targets. He also points out that it is unlikely the US Congress will vote for the government’s plan to curb emissions by 16% compared to 1990 levels. Especially unclear are also the plans for reductions from China, India and other developing countries.

One example of trickery comes from Russia, Bojanowski writes:

Although Russia has announced it wants to reduce emissions 25% by 2030 compared to 1990 – this is in fact trickery. Because of the collapse of its industry during the 1990s, the country is emitting only half as much CO2 as it did in 1990. That means with respect to climate targets, Russia intends to emit more CO2 in the future.”

And not less!

In Paris do expect the signing of a “binding international treaty”, but one that will be chock-full of non-binding requirements. The circus (which no one takes seriously anymore) thus will continue.

17 responses to “Spiegel Describes Circus of “Trickery” In Run-Up To Paris. Russia Wants To Curb CO2 Emissions By Increasing Them!”

  1. Ed Caryl

    A three-ring circus, with a flashy act in the center ring to distract everyone from what happens in the rings to the right and left.

  2. DirkH

    “One example of trickery comes from Russia, Bojanowski writes”

    Well that’s exactly the trick that Germany pulled when the German Bundestag wrote the Kyoto treaty(*). Now Bojanovski / Der Spiegel blames Russia for doing the same. Maybe even Bojanovski has to demonize Russia wherever possible – Der Spiegel was the top warmonger against Russia in 2014 (CIA has compromising info about the old leftist editors – the Stasi “Rosenholz” file).

    (*) http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/secret-history-climate-alarmism?page=1

  3. Ric Werme

    Yeah, well China says “In just four months, it reduced levels to the amount the UK emits in the same period.” What do you think of that? 🙂

    http://rt.com/news/259425-china-carbon-emissions-cuts/

    Against all odds, China has made tremendous strides in the fight against CO2 emissions. In just four months, it reduced levels to the amount the UK emits in the same period. Experts have been warning China for years of an impending eco catastrophe.

    The progress comes on the heels of Chinese promises to shut down the last remaining coal plant in Beijing in 2016 and cut reliance by 160 million tons in a matter of just five years. Very worrying statistics have been coming out of the country, with stark health warnings to people living in or near the industrial regions of the country.

    To achieve these reductions, China has had to close more than 1,000 coal plants (it leads the world in coal consumption and greenhouse gas emissions). It managed to get levels down to the same amount the UK has emitted in the last four months.

    Circus, indeed.

    1. AndyG55

      I do have to wonder why they didn’t move all the old coal fired power stations well out of Beijing, ages ago.

      How old are these particular stations they are shutting down?

      Bet they are not shutting down any of the newer ones, and I can only imagine what some of their older ones must have been like !!!

      Replacing old coal tech with new cleaner coal tech is always a good idea.

      1. sod

        The term you missed is “ALL”. They are closing ALL major coal plants.

        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-24/beijing-to-close-all-major-coal-power-plants-to-curb-pollution

        1. DirkH

          You haven’t noticed, but China recently agreed a giant gas deal with Russia. A step towards forming the Eurasian Trade Union. Nothing at all to do with your childhood dreams of a Global Warming Armageddon.

        2. The Indomitable Snowman, Ph.D.

          Um, s, did you read anything beyond the headline there?

          “ALL” actually amounts to “FOUR.” In this case “Beijing” means “Beijing” literally and geographically – not as the oft-used metaphor for the national government, which in this case is not issuing any sort of national-level order.

          The four coal-fired plants are being replaced by four nat-gas plants (probably Russian nat-gas, one would guess) that will generate 2.6x the electricity of the coal plants they’re replacing.

          BTW, “pollution” in the article refers to the original meaning of the word – not the latter-day nonsense about “carbon [sic – dioxide] pollution” [sic]. Nat gas burns much more cleanly on the particulate-matter front – particularly as compared to the older coal-fired plants. Back in the good old days, nat-gas was used for meeting sudden high demand periods – because the turbines basically are instant-on; they were just much more expensive than coal-fired power, which suffers from a slow turn-on period. But with the fracking revolution, nat-gas is now at least as inexpensive as coal if not cheaper; as the article says, in the U.S. electricity production is now 42% from nat-gas and 30% from coal.

          1. DirkH

            Ah. So the city Beijing closes its coal power plants. I mistook the headline as well and thought, well, Bloomberg. Now that’s a GREAT victory for the warmunists! An entire municipality switches from coal to gas! Celebrate and dance in the streets, sod!

          2. AndyG55

            I don’t know of many other capital cities in developed countries that have OLD coal fired power stations in the actual city.

            A sign of progress, replace old clunkers in cities with ultra-modern high-efficiency coal and gas, build huge hydro dams, while leaving most of the facade wind-turbines disconnected.

            And dolts like blommerberg and sob fall for it.

            Quite funny, but expected !

  4. AndyG55
  5. Anything is possible
  6. sod

    Well, the next place on earth is reaching 100% renewables, in Alaska this time:

    https://ecowatch.com/2015/05/20/kodiak-island-renewable-energy/

    Fossil fuels are getting locked in the middle, between places that have a good starting position (plenty of hydro) which can go 100% and the start providing power to neighbours and your average place which is creeping to 20-30% renewables from below.

    The article about Alaska is giving plenty of detail, about how they stabilise their grid with a mix of hydro, batteries and now even a flywheel.

  7. Mervyn

    What a pity the taxpayers of France and Germany etc don’t have a say about the future of their hard earned taxes being dished around by politicians and bureaucrats as though the money were roulette chips at a casino made available to benefit some lucky gamblers receiving a windfall. It’s truly disgraceful.

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