European Institute For Climate And Energy: Chinese Activist Unleashed (Temporary) Global Wave Of Euphoria

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The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) writes of the German reaction to the “announcement” made by a prominent Chinese figure, He Jiankun, who yesterday stated that CO2 in his country would be capped. The announcement sent waves of euphoria throughout the global media and top climate officials. It appeared to be the long-awaited breakthrough. But the euphoria was short-lived. Jiankuntook it all back, claiming: “That was my personal opinion.” […] “What I said does not represent the position of the Chinese government or organization.”

Photo: He Jiankun (from EIKE)
Director of Low Carbon Economy Lab

At first the announcement was viewed as a major policy shift, all coming on the heels of President Obama’s announcement to take action against CO2 emissions. But the euphoria turned to disappointment just hours later.

There is more on the farce in New York Times: Behind the Mask – A Reality Check on China’s Plans for a Carbon Cap.

The media and activists greeted the “announcement” as covetously as a craving junkie welcomes his next long-overdue fix, EIKE describes. This is shown by the reactions from German top officials and activists.

Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research was ecstatic and spoke of a boost for climate policy worldwide:

It is remarkable that both China and the USA appear to be ready to take over once again the leadership role. Also for Europe it could now be the time to wake up from its climate fatigue.”

The PIK press release with Schellnhuber’s comments has since been taken down from the PIK website.

Spiegel Online wrote:

‘Should China indeed introduce an absolute upper limit for its emissions of greenhouse gases, it would be a boost for climate policy worldwide,’ commented Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. ‘Science shows that the planet is approaching more and more tipping points in the climate system.’ The big question is: How strict will China’s emissions level be?”

German activist group Germanwatch wrote:

Today’s announcement of China introducing an absolute emissions upper limit is viewed by Germanwatch as a possible turning point in international climate negotiations. ‘The USA and China are providing dynamism in international climate policy.  The EU must follow this example by adding on really ambitious climate and energy targets for 2030,’ demands Christoph Bals, policy director of Germanwatch. ‘Europe risks going from once being the most important forerunner, to being the biggest climate brake.’

Even though the Chinese announcement has since turned out to be a farce, Germanwatch has no qualms about leaving its false comments up and continuing to fool the press.

End-of-world theorist and activist website Klimaretter also gleefully welcome the “announcement”. It writes:

With the plans from the USA and China, observers anticipate there will be movement in the climate negotiations.

But of course then came the bitter disappointment. For the activists it was a very late April Fools’ prank.

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5 responses to “European Institute For Climate And Energy: Chinese Activist Unleashed (Temporary) Global Wave Of Euphoria”

  1. DirkH

    German media losing last shreds of credibility:

    Proof for wholesale lying by German state TV. Using same pictures of explosions, ARD reporting it’s from Syria, ZDF reporting it’s from Afghanistan – on the same day.
    Second example: Syrian army allegedly torturing prisoners – presented evidence a video that turns out to come from youtube, from 2007, from Iraq.
    Watch quickly; there’s no fair use clause in Germany, this will disappear fast:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=646744392066475&set=vb.100001927611860&type=2&theater

    1. DirkH

      “Using same pictures of explosions, ARD reporting it’s from Syria, ZDF reporting it’s from Afghanistan – on the same day.”

      And they know that they’re lying – usually all programmes are stored on a webserver called the Mediathek. ONE of the programmes has now been erased, replaced by a sign saying “Due to copyright reasons this programme is not available”.

      Maybe the apparatchiks are dissatisfied with having to work for a pure propaganda front and introduce these obvious glitches intentionally. It’s too stupid to not be detected.

  2. John F. Hultquist

    “It is remarkable that both China and the USA appear to be ready . . .” [Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber]

    This person must only read the headlines. Barack Obama and his climokleptomanic advisers and appointees are ready to destroy the Nation but the push back is growing as folks realize the damage his overreaching for a legacy has done. The war on coal is a work in progress to be followed by attempts to push oil and gas aside. Other than nuclear energy there is nothing in the near future to supply the energy needs of the lifestyle the politicians want for themselves. Until there is replacement energy available this agenda is going nowhere. He will not be president much longer and a different person will be looking at his or her own role in history. Anyway, the “collective USA” is not ready to lead back to the stone age.

    1. DirkH

      Schellnhuber must be itching to be important again. Since Fukushima and the subsequent shutdown of half of the German nuclear reactors, lignite use in power plants has increased, and to hell with the CO2. What a humiliation for the Dr Doom of the climate that must have been.

  3. Stephen Richards

    I didn’t realise there are multiple tipping points in the climate. I wonder what they are.

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