It’s over. All that is left to die is that last flicker of European hope.Another European politician has long since seen the bold-letter writing on the wall. The following was written by European Parliamentarian Holger Krahmer and appears in German at the Achse des Guten here. What follows is an English translation (emphasis added).
Only Europe Still Believes In Rescuing The Climate
by Holger Krahmer (MdEP)
The climate policy of the European Union is now stuck for good in a dead end. Europe wanted to be the leader – showing the world the way. They especially wanted to export the “market-economic” instrument of emissions trading as a new standard of regulation. The climate summits in Copenhagen and in Cancun were supposed to herald in a successor treaty for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. Both summits yielded zero results. Today it is clear: There is going to be no successor agreement. Also the option of simply extending the existing Kyoto Protocol was thrown overboard by the main countries at the last G8 summit.
The situation in global climate politics can be summarized in short: There isn’t any.
Especially the emerging economies of Asia are refusing to allow their possibilities for growth to be curbed by obligatory CO2 reductions. Everywhere globally, climate laws are being buried for good or put on ice. Especially the once ballyhooed instrument of emissions trading is obsolete. China, India and Australia are waving goodbye. In the USA the Chicago Climate Exchange was closed just after the last midterm Congressional elections. Just before that, the self-anointed climate pope Al Gore cashed in by selling his shares. “Climate politics is a dead project“ is the word in Washington today. Yet, the EU is still clinging to all measures and is even discussing making them even stricter. As a result, we are now left alone with the political costs of CO2 reduction. We are ignoring international reality with an amazing level of tenacity.
As always, we continue to stick to the naive, worn-out argument: “Someone has to start the process.“ That start is a go-it-alone! And if we do not wake up to that, then we will ruin our market economy with one-sided massive costs.
In the end, that will do nothing for the climate. No matter what CO2 may do in the atmosphere, every reduction in European emissions will be offset very quickly by other emissions someplace else in the world. In addition to the political realities, questioning the scientific basis of climate change put out by the IPCC is being increasingly equated as a sort of blasphemy.
Now that the IPCC is completely discredited by scandals and political influence, the current CO2 hypotheses need to be re-evaluated. That climate change is complex was always known. That it is mainly driven by a trace gas in the atmosphere is unlikely when one soberly examines it closely with an open scientific mind and when one examines the long-term history of the climate.
Whoever has the power over the religion, also has the power over the people. That has always been the case for religions. Today the belief in manmade global warming appears to have become a sort of substitute religion.
Readers, please write a few words of support to Mr Krahmer!