UN Climate Road Trip! (And $hakedown)

Posted: October 26, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, COP26, Critique, Emissions, government, Travel
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Don’t mention their ’emissions’. As usual, the message will be: do as we say, not as we do.

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By Peter Murphy~

Everyone who matters from the Biden administration wants to be seen as ‘caring about the planet and doing something about climate change. They are now tripping all over themselves to head to the upcoming United Nations climate conference.

Nearly everyone else attending this conference will be looking for—actually, demanding—a handout from the U.S. and the other more economically advanced nations in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere.

President Joe Biden and at least 13 senior officials from his administration will be traveling to Glasgow, Scotland for the United Nation’s 26th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCC/COP26”). Conference attendees will be gathering, interestingly, on Halloween, with formal sessions starting the following day.

Accompanying the president will be Special Climate Envoy, John Kerry; Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken; the EPA administrator, the USAID administrator, secretaries of Energy, Interior and Transportation…

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  1. JB says:

    Sounds like all the main circus attraction will be present and ready to gyrate and prate to the hired crowd. All that may be lacking is FJB’s jester hat.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Transition to Nowhere

    ‘If one were taking bets on the outcome of the race to zero carbon, odds are that consumer patience with soaring costs—in tandem with decreasing reliability—will be exhausted long before we have the opportunity to deplete the supply of critical energy minerals. Here, too, California is leading the way.’

    https://www.city-journal.org/california-switch-to-primarily-solar-and-wind-powered-grid-is-dead-end
    – – –
    There must be a lot of politicians gambling they won’t be in power when the wheels finally come off their absurd climate posturing policies.

  3. Paul Vaughan says:

    Ongoing problem for natural-climate enthusiasts suffering UNwanted political-poison pills (should be rightly noted rather than left silent) :

    Endless energy doom and gloom + endless news cycles about climate meetings are not, never have been, and never will be interesting.

    Since ~feb. 2020 climate blogs appear designed (on purpose to deliberately abuse readers) to spray neverending toxic, bad, disappointing news.

    Contrast: We used to have an interesting discussion about natural climate & geophysical variables.
    The way it looks: Dark forces insidiously transformed the focus (shortly after perihelion 2020).

    Anyone who can, please share links to positive sites where there is no news of un, cop, etc. — and the focus is just on healthy exploration of natural geophysical patterns (i.e. not just places where people go to shallowly spit and react negatively to the latest disappointing “news”).

    Of course it isn’t up to me what political campaigns feel they “have to” do for whatever reasons, but I do choose on this occasion to share perspective no doubt shared (perhaps silently) by others.

    101: “eating seeds is a passtime activity” “$sum-ware bet we’en the $sacred$sci11UN$sands$leap…”

  4. pochas94 says:

    One thing you can depend on. Tyrants do not work in the best interest of their subjects. Instead they demonstrate power by coercing their subjects to do things that are not in their best interest.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    the circling of buzzards about the purses of the US and Western Europe
    —————
    “Meanwhile, conservatives are said to have rejected science if they won’t believe that taxes control the weather.” from moonbattery.com
    ————-
    Obi-Wan: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

  6. tallbloke says:

    Hey Paul V. No insidious dark forces around here. We are working on an important natural variation post. Having a spit at Boris policy antics is becoming a national pastime and we won’t be missing out of the FLOP26 piss-taking fun either.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Meanwhile back in the US of A as the COP fantasists head for Glasgow…

    Workers Wanted: Miners Offered $100k Per Year As Coal Prices Soar
    By ZeroHedge – Oct 07, 2021

    With coal prices worldwide screaming to all-time highs ahead of winter as China and Europe scramble for supplies, the US coal industry is failing to find new miners willing to do the dirty work as demand soars.

    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Workers-Wanted-Miners-Offered-100k-Per-Year-As-Coal-Prices-Soar.html

  8. oldbrew says:

    No Queen to talk to — too many potential COVID carriers probably, or just saving the ‘carbon emissions’ 😏

    COP26: The Queen, 95, will ‘regretfully’ not be attending climate change summit in Glasgow

    The monarch made the decision as a “sensible precaution” and is following advice to rest, according to Buckingham Palace.

    Tuesday 26 October 2021 23:01, UK
    https://news.sky.com/story/cop26-the-queen-will-not-be-attending-climate-change-summit-in-glasgow-12445267

  9. Graeme No.3 says:

    oldbrew:
    Long may she reign. Unlike Boris who will have real trouble when COP26 turns out to be as “successful” as the previous 25 COP(outs).

    I hope the weather in the UK turns out warmer than usual in the UK this coming winter.
    For those who can use it, I hope you have a big stock of wood. It might be handy and you can always claim that it doesn’t emit ‘carbon’ (Drax, Germany, Denmark, Northern Ireland etc.)
    O/T but 60 years ago my father on a trip to Germany was most taken with the “baronial stoves”. Very large (side benches for sleeping on) enclosed fireplaces which heated the palace main hall. Much internal stone passages which absorbed heat and slowly released it at a moderate temperature. It was their efficiency that attracted his (engineer) interest. Has anyone made a smaller version suitable for a modern house (with no electricity)? If the government’s policy is to revert to the seventeenth century and dependence on wind and sunlight, they may make a comeback.

  10. Johna says:

    Hey ma man, sure glad to see the US still has coal mines and good old parson steam turbine power stations that burn it and give you good folks reliable and affordable electriciteee. Here in mud island bonkers Johnston and his liberal and labour eco fanatics have closed our coal mines and almost bulldozed all our coal burning power stations. Not only was that totally dumb (it was done after they opened our north sea gas pipelines to OC and CC gas turbine power stations in the 90’s) as surprise surprise our NG reserves have almost gone. So MI is now in great Perl of being shut down and many old folks suffering from the cold and the rest of us unable to afford natural gas. So keep fracking and shipping it over mate and lets hope no subs attack the LNG tankers – or a big bear doesn’t break an east west NG pipeline?

  11. Curious George says:

    Please don’t get angry at the Believers of the One and Only Settled Science.

    Enjoy it as a rare opportunity to extend the Halloween.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Toasty 9-10°C forecast high temps for Glasgow next week.

  13. Curious George says:

    1988 : James Hansen And Tim Wirth Sabotaged The Air Conditioning In Congress
    Posted on July 12, 2012 by stevengoddard
    And did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?

    … What we did it was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. … So Hansen’s giving this testimony, you’ve got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn’t appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony.

    Interviews – Timothy Wirth | Hot Politics | FRONTLINE | PBS

    Could anybody repeat this feat in Glasgow?

  14. oldbrew says:

    Embarrassingly bad…

    OCTOBER 27, 2021
    ‘Save your species’: UN uses dinosaur in fossil fuel message

    In a video released on social media ahead of this year’s U.N. climate change summit, a computer-generated dinosaur bursts into the U.N.’s famous General Assembly hall in New York to tell world diplomats that “going extinct is a bad thing.”

    https://phys.org/news/2021-10-species-dinosaur-fossil-fuel-message.html

    http://www.dontchooseextinction.com/
    Pathetic.

  15. Graeme No.3 says:

    At least 90% of the COP attendees are very worried about subsidies and government grants going extinct.

  16. bonbon says:

    As this is is Halloween season, an appropriate musical from the Greenhouse gas Chamber Ensemble :

    Excerpt :

    No carbon fueled machi-ines
    No animal prote-ins,
    And no more gasoli-ine,
    The Windsor Family!

    So billions will be freezin’,
    And starving and diseasin,’
    The royals find it pleasin,’
    The Windsor Family!

    Gruesome, eh?

  17. Paul Vaughan says:

    Delightful Response

    “Hey Paul V. […] We are working on an important natural variation post. […]”

    time index 157
    keep UN IT reel:

    astronomical

  18. Paul Vaughan says:

    More System Counterbalance

    TB wrote: “[…] and we won’t be missing out of the […] piss-taking fun either.”

    p!sst i.e. Mn docks peers “lookback” 132

  19. oldbrew says:

  20. zoeandianl says:

    FAO Graeme nos 3.
    The Baronial stove you describe could be a ” kachelofen”. This is a massive stone and metal construction, often with ornamental ceramic tiles. Although similar designs are electric the original ones are wood or coal powered – in some respects similar to an AGA cooker when the kitchen is rendered “toasty” by the massive hot lump of metal.

    I have a 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 kW switchable electric kachelofen, on castors, weighing about 75 kg which I turned on for the first time just last night made by LHZ (Lucht Heitzung) in Germany. Ian.

  21. zoeandianl says:

    Addendum. Just Google “kachelofen” for images and links to Swedish Masonry stoves, etc.

  22. tallbloke says:

    Zoeandianl, welcome. I was given a nice woodburning ‘cuisiniere’ by our neighbours in Brittany, who are selling up and moving soon. It took 3 of us and a strong sack barrow to shift it.

  23. bonbon says:

    Incredible coincidence – my kachelofen (which means massive ceramic tile stove) which burns beech and pine nicely thank you, was just today checked by the regulator. He was more interested in feinstaub, dust particles than co2. Said he will get an ev service aut,o maybe, noticing the skyrocketing electric pricing.

    I wondered what they use in Brittany, having just recently looked at the houses there. Not so much forest around.

  24. tallbloke says:

    There is still a lot of woodburning going on in Brittany, although a lot of the newer stoves use imported wood pellets rather than local split timber.

  25. oldmanK says:

    I’m not sure I like the drift in the conversation here. (Damned stoves).

    My treasured little booklet, an ancient relic from John Thompson, says the specific heat of brickwork is 0.200, low compared to water at 1.00. Oil somewhere near 0.5. So using water as heat storage is five times better than stone.
    For heating with electricity an oil filled elec heater is a more convenient appliance. And one does away with the particulates and the smoke which enters the house anyway. The pall of smoke around the houses were they are used here is thick and homogeneous. No fresh air for certain.

    Then there is the question of efficiency. Apparently stoves are not better than 12-15%, and some monstrosity below 20%, since most of the heat/energy goes up the stack as hot gas and incomplete burn. Compared to that, same material burned in a dedicated power plant, one gets to some 35% efficiency of conversion to electricity, including transmission loss. And no smoke, no ash to clean, no ingrained particulates in clothing, furnishings and lungs.

    Nostalgia for olden times? (bring back the old potty, it might turn out to be the healthier option; of course people with flooded houses know worse).

  26. oldbrew says:

    Snorkels optional…

    Glasgow hit by floods just days before city hosts COP26 – with warning of more heavy rain to come

    Flood water has swept through roads in the city after the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for northwest England and southwest Scotland.

    https://news.sky.com/story/uk-weather-glasgow-hit-by-floods-just-days-before-city-hosts-cop26-with-warning-of-more-heavy-rain-to-come-12446422

    Glasgow today. Trains cancelled, some roads submerged etc.

  27. oldbrew says:

    Climate botherers to get friendly Glasgow greeting from the local weather. First COP26 closes main roads, then this…

    Telegraph: Cars stranded in Glasgow CREDIT: @SM41189/TWITTER

  28. bonbon says:

    Have to wonder about EV autos and water short-circuits? Probably burn regardless…

  29. oldmanK says:

    Come to think of it, submarines used to go electric when submerged.

  30. oldbrew says:

    Glasgow: The last best hope to fight climate change
    By Calum Watson

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/e8vkjmttbw/glasgow-scotland-the-last-best-hope-to-fight-climate-change
    – – –
    We’ve heard that one before Calum – many times 🙄

  31. oldbrew says:

    Weather changes…

    OCTOBER 18, 2021
    California records driest year in a century

    https://phys.org/news/2021-10-california-driest-year-century.html
    – – –
    OCTOBER 26, 2021
    ‘Atmospheric river’ drenches drought-stricken California

    The National Weather Service called preliminary rainfall totals from the storm “staggering.” Four inches (10 centimeters) fell Sunday in downtown San Francisco, making it the fourth-wettest day on record for the city.

    “It’s been a memorable past 24 hours for the Bay Area as the long talked-about atmospheric river rolled through the region,” the local weather office said Monday. “We literally have gone from fire/drought conditions to flooding in one storm cycle.”

    https://phys.org/news/2021-10-atmospheric-river-drenches-drought-stricken-california.html

  32. oldmanK says:

    From oldbrew says: October 29, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    I do not know about the Californians, but such a situation is nothing less than a curse. First desiccate the land to destroy all of the harvest, then wash it away soil and all. Maybe the Californians have been ignoring their obligations to the gods.

    But that is a lesson for all. Maybe someone would find this of some interest: https://mythandmegalithica.blogspot.com/2020/09/normal-0-microsoftinternetexplorer4.html
    It is also a reminder of the meaning of the times.

  33. oldbrew says:

    Cop26 is set to be an appalling display of Western decadence

    Thousands of diplomats feasting while they plot to curtail our lifestyles. I suspect the public won’t be entirely impressed

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/29/cop26-set-appalling-display-western-decadence/
    – – –
    UN COP 26: The 750 Billion dollar invoice
    By Dr. Jay Lehr, Robert Lyman | October 30th, 2021

    https://www.cfact.org/2021/10/30/un-cop-26-the-750-billion-dollar-invoice/

  34. Ron Clutz says:

    Preview of Glasgow COP?

  35. oldbrew says:

  36. oldbrew says:

    Do Glaswegians Mostly Breathe Nitrogen?
    October 30, 2021 By jennifer

    Just yesterday I was told that what is most important is not that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas or the amount of new ice accumulating at the South Pole, but that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are increasing. When I ventured that this could be a consequence of increasing temperatures I was shouted at. Specifically, I was told that while atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide-increase does lag behind temperature increases, this is not relevant, and this does not prove that carbon dioxide is not a greenhouse gas. I had to write that down to check I wasn’t missing something, that I was being thrown a non sequitur.

    It is difficult having a rational and logical discussion with a true believer. I suspect they get very emotional very quickly, because climate change is a topic to which they are very attached, while knowing really very little about. It is something like an infatuation – not to be scrutinised, lest the feeling dissipates, and the individual find themselves all alone again and without a cause.

    https://jennifermarohasy.com/2021/10/do-glaswegians-mostly-breathe-nitrogen/

  37. Johna says:

    Some Glaswegians used to drink meth’s stick the nut on anyone who didni come fi glesga – mostly Edinburgh townies – and built around 70% of the Worlds shipping in the open air. Ever since the Westminster cowards pulled the plug on empire the de-industrialisation of the UK started in the far north Scotland and tailed off south of Birmingham. And up until the early 2000’s most of the UK’s erstwhile manufacturing was sent to Asia Japan Taiwan – now China. As a result of the wholesale slaughter of large numbers of working and middle classes some Glaswegians are now hooked on heroine and have no jobs no houses no life and no hope. Cop 26 is a farce in technical terms of CO2 having no ability to cause any alleged warming around >250 PPM and always significantly lagged climatic Sun driven temperature ups and downs in all coherent high resolution ice core records – spanning the last million years or so. That said CO2 may indeed have been a good fast kick start (trigger) coming out of a cold phase – rather like a long hysteresis of a valve or switch in an either or condition – which otherwise would cause hunting. Far from being branded as so called CC denialist we as concerned citizens and as learned scientists engineers and physicists are actually trying to highlight to our politicians (and the public) that CO2 is not their smoking gun. We are also highlighting that low level O3 is exacerbating the Human made Urban Heat Island effect (when earth is replaced by concrete and brick and vast amounts of heat are added). And that no one in their right mind wants to be driving their car in cities and built up areas producing NOx as it is a very dangerous chemical that cause significant health issues. On the contrary many advocate the sensible use of ICE vehicles and more electrified transportation and CHP systems in the cities. Sadly however this is where the CO2 conn started by Hanson Thatcher et al becomes all too apparent as they have never had any intention of having a social dimension to tackle the real issues we all face. I.E. it is a sick ploy by the UN’s political elites e.g. BoJo-n-Co to make Glaswegians think new jobs and a cushy life is coming their way again in the so called green revolution. Put another way; if Glaswegians and the rest of the general public were told the truth they would stick the nut right on BoJo-n-Co’s noses. The French are right on the button in that respect – the UK only listens to force. So the real scary part of BoJo-n-Co’s “bat for Britain thinking” is the UK has no credible Army Navy or Air force to protect its citizens – never mind rule the high seas again.

  38. oldbrew says:

    Taxi!?

    Bad weather causes delays on train route to Glasgow Cop26 talks

    Environment minister among those hit by delays, while suspected tornadoes are reported in some areas
    Sun 31 Oct 2021 14.23 GMT

    Rail travel routes for delegates heading to Cop26 in Glasgow, including the environment minister Zac Goldsmith, have been blocked, after stormy weather swept through the UK bringing suspected tornadoes to parts of the country.

    A fallen tree on the west coast mainline between Rugby and Milton Keynes led Avanti West Coast to advise customers against travelling north from London on Sunday.

    The operator said a train carrying dozens of delegates to the climate summit would need to be evacuated after an object hit power lines. It was being held at Milton Keynes and several scientists, journalists and government officials including Lord Goldsmith were onboard.

    London North Eastern Railway, which operates trains to Glasgow on the east coast mainline, also warned customers against travelling after it said overhead wires at Peterborough had been damaged.
    [bold added]

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/31/bad-weather-causes-delays-on-train-route-to-glasgow-cop26-talks
    – – –
    Diesel powered buses could be an option for the would-be ‘planet savers’ 😃

    Caption: ‘Train passengers travelling to the COP26 summit in Glasgow have faced disruption.’

    Having just come back to England by road from south-west Scotland, I can confirm even the main road in the area (A75) has streams of rainwater running alongside or even across it in places today, with mini-lakes in some farm fields alongside. Some local schools were closed due to blocked roads on Friday.

    This is only about 80 miles south of Glasgow.

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