Lots of lip service, but governments worldwide are getting cold feet about really reducing CO2 emissions. Commitment is clearly fading.German news magazine Stern has a short interview here with climatologist Mojib Latif, who provides us with a very encouraging confession with respect to the climate science swindle, i.e. it has reached “an absolute low point”!
Latif claims to be a warmist and insists that man is able to regulate the global climate simply by regulating the amount of greenhouse gases that gets emitted into the complex, extraterrestially-driven climate system.
Latif first tells Stern that Germany’s accelerated phase-out of nuclear power will mean more CO2 emissions because of more power generation from fossil fuel plants, e.g. read here, 2 German coal power plants approved.
This of course all undermines the idea of getting the planet to reduce its CO2 emissions, for which countries and global organisations earlier concocted and attempted to implement emissions trading schemes. Latif here is not convinced by these efforts, and comments:
So far it all has been quite a toothless tiger. If it were today what it had been originally designed to do, then it would be a very different story. But there have been exceptions after exceptions, especially in Germany with the energy-intensive industries. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.”
Of course governments have given industries so many exceptions because the perceived problem is not really serious enough to be taken seriously. And no country is actually going to commit suicide for the sake of solving a phony problem (except maybe Germany, which has moved onto the ledge and is now threatening to actually jump).
Stern then asks the question on every body’s mind:
Just how intensely is the community of countries fighting climate change?”
In other words: Just how committed are they? Latif answers (emphasis added):
We’ve reached an absolute low point. Actually at the UN-level we were further Along in the early 1990s. Today we see only word acrobatics. Heiligendamm, Copenhagen or Cancun all have not brought us further.”
Commitment has cooled to the lowest point in 20 years, i.e. since it got started. On CO2 trends, Latif warns:
The trend is alarming: Since 1990 CO2 emissions worldwide have risen 40 percent.”
40%? That corresponds roughly to the rise in the level of worldwide democracy.
Mojib Latif is a Professor at the former Institute for Ocean Sciences and the now Leibniz Institute for Ocean Sciences at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel.
In 2009 he was awarded the Deutsche Bank-IFM-GEOMAR Ocean Research Prize.