COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report

Posted: October 21, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, COP26, government, net zero, Politics
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Cracks showing in the claimed consensus. Countries are asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels, says BBC News. A number of coal-and-gas-hungry countries are leading the pushback against oppressive regulations and financial demands masquerading as ‘fighting climate change’.
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A huge leak of documents seen by BBC News shows how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change.

The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels.

It also shows some wealthy nations are questioning paying more to poorer states to move to greener technologies.

This “lobbying” raises questions for the COP26 climate summit in November.

The leak reveals countries pushing back on UN recommendations for action and comes just days before they will be asked at the summit to make significant commitments to slow down climate change and keep global warming to 1.5 degrees.

The leaked documents consist of more than 32,000 submissions made by governments, companies and other interested parties to the team of scientists compiling a UN report designed to bring together the best scientific evidence on how to tackle climate change.

These “assessment reports” are produced every six to seven years by the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body tasked with evaluating the science of climate change,

These reports are used by governments to decide what action is needed to tackle climate change, and the latest will be a crucial input to negotiations at the Glasgow conference.

The authority of these reports derives in part from the fact that virtually all the governments of the world participate in the process to reach consensus.

The comments from governments the BBC has read are overwhelmingly designed to be constructive and to improve the quality of the final report.

The cache of comments and the latest draft of the report were released to Greenpeace UK’s team of investigative journalists, Unearthed, which passed it on to BBC News.

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Comments
  1. Phoenix44 says:

    “The comments from governments the BBC has read are overwhelmingly designed to be constructive and to improve the quality of the final report.”

    How exactly is the BBC in a position to judge? What even is the “quality”? How accurate it is?

    The BBC really is just in fantasy-land now.

  2. oldbrew says:

    UK green dream politics is getting ugly. Fantasy climate money pot doesn’t exist.

    Kwasi Kwarteng risked stoking tensions with Rishi Sunak today as he insisted tax rises are not ‘inevitable’ to hit Net Zero targets.

    The Business Secretary struck a different tone after a Treasury assessment warned that new levies will be needed to cover the costs of the transition.

    He also said he did not ‘accept’ that subsidies for electric cars were bungs for the wealthy, as the analysis from Mr Sunak’s department suggested.

    And Mr Kwarteng dismissed ‘unhelpful’ recent Treasury briefings against him over bailouts for energy-intensive firms.

    The comments, in a round of interviews this morning, come amid signs of increasing friction between Mr Sunak and Boris Johnson’s allies.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10111645/Kwasi-Kwarteng-stokes-tensions-Sunak-amid-Net-Zero-plans.html

    And: a way will have to be found to fill the black hole left as £37billion of revenue from fuel duty disappears.

    Putting it mildly: The Treasury cautioned that Net Zero will add to the fiscal pressures the country is already facing.

  3. Jim Hunt says:

    Surely none of this comes as “Shock News!”?

    In related news from the Beeb:

    “COP26: Russia’s Vladimir Putin will not attend climate summit”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58977993

  4. Gamecock says:

    Net Zero is a blight on the economy which needs to be taxed more to pay for Net Zero.

    You must get more out of your economy as you kill it.

    “Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?”

  5. tallbloke says:

    Rupert Darwall’s piece for realclearenergy is a must-read:

  6. There’s a lot of misleading spin from the BBC here. “are trying” implies governments are trying to change the published IPCC report. In fact Rowlatt has just got hold of the comments on draft versions, that governments are invited to make.

    Almost every BBC climate story is either misleading or outright false.

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  8. Don B says:

    “Twenty countries, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe, make up the LMDC [Like-Minded Developing Countries] group, which has just published this statement:” which says they are not giving up fossil fuels.

    https://iowaclimate.org/2021/10/21/developing-countries-say-no-to-net-zero/

  9. Kip Hansen says:

    Disconnect: “The authority of these reports derives in part from the fact that virtually all the governments of the world participate in the process to reach consensus.”

    Followed by complaints — accusations, really — that some nations actually want to have input into the so-called consensus. Their attempts to take part in writing the “consensus” are characterized as lobbying and “push backs”.

  10. Now it’s a known secret that who these nations are if it is true. Thank you!

  11. oldbrew says:

    The wealthy nations ‘climate debt’ just went up to $190bn (£138bn) a year – until 2100.

    https://news.sky.com/story/who-should-pay-the-worlds-climate-debt-12438217
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    So all the other countries never wanted any of the products of industrialisation?

  12. Gamecock says:

    Walking into CoP26, like walking into a movie theater, requires a willing suspension of disbelief.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Will Gore Effect nail the UN climate summit in Glasgow Scotland?! Cold air may arrive just in time for UN meeting

    Meteorologist Joe Bastardi: “By day 3 of the conference arctic air is engulfing the UK. Forgive me if I get gleeful at this, It’s almost every single time. President should call me so I can make sure he knows how to dress. Will need double wool face mask (plenty of sheep in the UK so no problem}.”

    https://www.climatedepot.com/2021/10/22/will-gore-effect-nail-the-un-climate-summit-in-glasgow-scotland-cold-air-may-arrive-just-in-time-for-un-meeting/

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