The real reasons COP26 flopped – Climate Change Dispatch

Posted: November 17, 2021 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, COP26, Emissions, Energy, IPCC, net zero, opinion, Travel
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Only alarmists could be impressed by an alarmist echo chamber, and even that didn’t work on the street protesters. As CCD puts it: ‘what kind of conference is it that invites only people with one viewpoint?’
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King coal is dead, long live king coal! That might be a fitting epitaph for COP26, which mercifully ended last Friday, says Climate Change Dispatch.

It culminated with an agreement, which had not so much been watered down as to have virtually evaporated. Fossil fuels, it seems, are here for the foreseeable.

What went wrong? That’s a question the ‘deeply frustrated’ COP26 president Alok Sharma might well be asking himself.

He appeared to be close to tears at the denouement of the negotiations, pushed to emotional extremis by the last-minute wrangling over a single word: should we commit ourselves to phase out our use of coal, or phase- down our use of coal.

To the distress of ‘no drama’ Sharma, it was phase down that won the day, thanks to hardball negotiating from India, China, South Africa, and Iran.

All anyone will now have to do, it seems, in order to fulfill the commitment they signed up to in Glasgow, is to promise to use slightly less coal in the future.

We shouldn’t perhaps be surprised by this outcome. It is hard not to be cynical about a conference that claimed to be saving the Earth but ended up just costing the Earth.

So inconsequential is the final deal that the whole event is more likely to be remembered for its comic elements: of which there were many.

We had Joe Biden falling asleep, Prince Charles’ stumbling, and Greta Thunberg, oddly, joining a chorus of climate skeptics for a rousing singalong. We had Barack Obama believing he was somewhere called the ’Emerald Isles’ and CNN believing the conference was taking place in Edinburgh.

Then, to cap it all there was an alleged minor emissions leak (Biden again) in the Kelvingrove museum in the presence of a royal personage.

COP26 combined a Versailles level of decadence, with a Soviet Union level of self-serving hypocrisy. The global elite jetted in, kept well clear of the hoi polloi, delivered speeches indistinguishable in content, only in fervor; then flew out again, leaving vapor trails of noxious gases in their wake.

The expense, both financially and in terms of emissions was extraordinary. According to the Daily Record, the private jets alone spewed out more CO2 than 1,600 Scots produce in a year.

Where can the intergovernmental environmental movement go from here?

Continued here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Those with no specific role, and no specialist knowledge – such as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who behaved at COP26 like a star-struck groupie who’d bagged a backstage pass at Glastonbury – should stay away.

    Indeed.

  2. Johna says:

    You can also add Johnston Starmer Davies and all other politicians this side and Biden and Co your side. That leave the rest of sheeple who are also clueless and corrupt. What I don’t get is why the public puts up with this incompetent madness?

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘no drama’ Sharma

  4. JB says:

    “The expense, both financially and in terms of emissions was extraordinary. According to the Daily Record, the private jets alone spewed out more CO2 than 1,600 Scots produce in a year.”

    Well at least SOMEBODY had some work, keeping those planes air worthy! Probably nourished their flora too.

  5. What went wrong? A better question is what went more wonderfully right?

    On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 12:31 PM Tallbloke’s Talkshop wrote:

    > oldbrew posted: “Only alarmists could be impressed by an alarmist echo > chamber, and even that didn’t work on the street protesters. As CCD puts > it: ‘what kind of conference is it that invites only people with one > viewpoint?’ – – – King coal is dead, long live king coal! T” >

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    It’s curious that in the UK, US and EU we will adopt all these Green technologies and do away with fossil fuels at virtually no cost (apparently) but lots of other countries are unwilling to do the same and demand trillions to do so.

  7. bonbon says:

    This is priceless :
    ¨We shouldn’t perhaps be surprised by this outcome. It is hard not to be cynical about a conference that claimed to be saving the Earth but ended up just costing the Earth.¨

    Now we know the Earth costs $150 trillion according to Marc Carney, UN Climate Finance czar, which equals the NetZero price.

    So will Davos put the Earth on Ebay, with bidding starting at NetZero ?

    Bill Gates, already the largest US farmland owner could buy the Whole Farm!

  8. oldbrew says:

    Andrew Neil is right – on climate change, the BBC is short-changing us
    The Cop26 coverage across TV and radio was wildly apocalyptic. This isn’t rigorous journalism, and it doesn’t help us face the future

    ROBIN AITKEN
    18 November 2021

    Here’s the interview you should have heard during Cop26:

    Politician, or climate activist, or committed scientist: So, if we cannot limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 1.5 degrees, we can expect more devastating weather events, more hurricanes and flooding and wildfires, and more people will die.

    BBC interviewer: In which case, how do we explain the fact that there has been no increase in the frequency of hurricanes in the past 150 years? And that far fewer people die now from weather-related disasters than they did in the 1970s? And that the amount of land consumed by fires worldwide is dropping year on year?”

    Believe me, you did not hear that interview or anything like it during the Glasgow conference. And yet all the questions above are reasonable, and grounded in statistics issued by highly reputable government and scientific bodies.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/andrew-neil-right-climate-change-bbc-short-changing-us/
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    Andrew Neil: BBC and Sky are acting as the ‘PR department of Greenpeace’
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/17/andrew-neil-bbc-sky-others-just-pr-department-greenpeace/

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