This article is by a conservative who may just want to cause trouble. None-the-less, it contains a lot of accurate information, although sometimes with a nasty spin. But that’s no excuse for hiding our heads in the sand. [Read more…]
When Greenpeace becomes a bunch of wide-eyed optimists about a treaty that even OPEC likes, you know we’re in trouble. They list 5 things to know about COP21, and get 4 1/2 of them wrong. Such touching naiveté.
- “They’re meeting in Paris to try and agree a global legally binding climate treaty.”
- They say “legally binding,” but that’s a joke. Without any enforcement at all, nothing is binding. And no one will even mention … [Read more…]
China has turned a corner. It’s gone from horrible to normal regarding its emissions growth. That’s really good news for the world, but here’s the catch: It has nothing to do with the UN negotiations or Paris. [Read more…]
About seven-in-ten Chinese (71%) support an international treaty to curtail emissions, yet just 18% of the public expresses intense concern about climate conditions. This is the lowest concern of any of the 18 countries surveyed. Since the Chinese contribution to the treaty is entirely focussed on reducing their horrendous local pollution from coal, it is not surprising the the treaty is so popular.
In contrast 45% of the US citizens express intense concern. Again the financial commitment to that concern was not measured. (Full article.)
Today China removed “Under the Dome” an anti-smog video that is described as equivalent to Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” (view it here) In fact the parallel runs deeper than you might think. As explained here China’s pledge to limit carbon emissions by 2030, which will be its pledge under the Paris Climate Agreement, is actually nothing more than a domestic anti-smog policy. [Read more…]
BEIJING (Xinhua) — Annual coal consumption will be held below 4.2 billion tonnes until 2020, 16.3 percent more than the 3.6 billion tonnes burned last year, according to the National Coal Association.
Note that these “energy targets” are the same as in their joint US-China climate pledge. But their energy announcement makes no mention of climate or carbon. That’s because this really is China’s domestic energy policy and it is just being passed off as a climate policy for diplomatic reasons. [Read more…]