Saudis push back as IPCC talks head into overtime

Posted: October 6, 2018 by oldbrew in climate, News, Politics
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Another climate meeting, another heavyweight clash of opinions as committing national economic self-harm struggles to catch on. Ho-hum.

International talks on how to present the science around 1.5C of global warming just ran into overtime in Incheon, South Korea, reports Climate Weekly.

National delegates are expected to argue well into Saturday about the feasibility of holding temperature rise to 1.5C – the stretch goal of the Paris Agreement – and its implications for sustainable development.

Saudi Arabia is leading the criticism of several elements of the draft summary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report, sources told Climate Home News reporter Natalie Sauer in Incheon.

The country’s diplomats want to emphasise the costs of climate action and downplay the sustainable development benefits, a source said.

The version issued to governments before the meeting had some inconvenient conclusions for oil producers. For example, it said fossil fuel investment would fall by a quarter over the next two decades in a 1.5C-compatible scenario.

One observer described the Saudi delegation as “more aggressive and virulent – both in terms of issues and airtime – than any time in my memory”. Others confirmed the Saudis had been vocal, but did not see their behaviour as different to previous meetings.

Continued here.

  1. J Martin says:

    Non of the signatories of the Paris agreement have reduced co2, some of them have increased co2. What a pantomime.

  2. tom0mason says:

    Why should the Saudis wish to agree to trash their major market for the UN and it’s ridiculous ‘global warming’ aberration? The Saudis know that kowtowing to the UN would spell disaster for their future, for their wealth, and that would feed into social unrest in their country.

  3. oldbrew says:

    “Saudi Arabia withdrew its blockage of the passage when their objection was about to be formally recorded in a footnote,” said a participant in the meeting.

    “It was a game of chicken, and the Saudi’s blinked first.”
    . . .
    During the week-long talks in Incheon, “the Saudis have been running interference across the board, on main and minor issues,” a participant in the meeting said.

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  4. michael hart says:

    Let me see, the IPCC expects this desert country of currently ~30 million people, deriving the vast majority of its wealth from the petroleum industry, to just give it all up and start eating sand? All because of some infidel silly-billies with computer models predicting the end of the world due to CO2?

    I don’t think so.

    And neither will the ~80 million people living in Iran.

  5. Exactly Michael, they like all the countries that value their economic success will just ignore the UN and will put out “adjusted” data to get some favourable recognition (China, North Korea, Russia, Middle East countries, India, South Africa etc) The exception are countries with stupid politicians such as UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Spain. But maybe the tide is turning such as the wipe out of the socialists in Ontario. Chucking May in UK and a no ties Brexit may lead to a wipe out of the communists in Labour

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