COP27 bulletin: Visionless summit flails into week two

Posted: November 14, 2022 by oldbrew in climate, COP27, opinion, Politics

Another waste of time? They need some excuses for the next 27 COPs after all. A downbeat assessment from supporters of climate obsession.
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As ministers fly in for week two of Cop27, what does winning look like for the Egyptian presidency? asks Climate Home News.

Do they just want to sell some hiked-up hotel rooms and snorkels and get a few snaps of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Joe Biden trading jokes? Or do they want something meaningful on climate?

A loss and damage finance facility would be a huge Egyptian gift to the developing world. But, as John Kerry said on Saturday, “that’s just not happening” because the US and others still fear being sued for their historic pollution.

Instead, the rich world is offering a hodge-podge of initiatives like insurance and early warning systems. Some vulnerable countries are working with them on this.

But the sums of money involved pale in comparison to the toll of disasters like Pakistan’s floods. And all these worthy initiatives don’t need a Cop to go ahead.

To the extent that Egypt has outlined a goal, it is to promote “implementation”.

So it’s the coalitions and the side deals in the trade fair bit of Cop that matter to the presidency.

Well, the trade fair is heavy on oil and gas greenwashing. A flagship initiative to finance African renewables folded due to a bad choice of partner.

In the negotiating rooms, there’s no consensus on how to strengthen national emissions cuts and trade carbon. A draft political statement for the summit – the “cover text” – has yet to appear.

If there’s any vision behind this Cop, the Sharm Pact is the place to show it. Otherwise, it will be remembered for jailed activists, gas deals and rivers of sewage.

Full article here.

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  2. Gamecock says:

    ‘Or do they want something meaningful on climate?’

    Silly children. The conference has nothing to do with ‘climate.’ They are there to push global government and bleed successful states. A prosperous West will not accept global government; economic destruction of the West is mandatory for global government.

    John Kerry says, “Okay, we can do that.”

  3. oldbrew says:

    This sounds more interesting than all that climate nonsense…

    Germany warns its delegation of Egyptian spies at COP27

    German federal police have warned their nation’s delegation at the COP27 environmental summit in Egypt that its members may be subject to spying by Egyptian security agents, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

    In an email sent on Saturday (12 November), the police, known in Germany as the BKA, warned delegates of “overt and covert surveillance through photography and videography” by Egyptian agents, said one of the people quoting from the email.

    Comments last week by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz about Egypt’s human rights record provoked the threat of surveillance, that person said.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Elon Musk Fired Twitter’s Sustainability Team As COP27 Started

    Twitter launched its @TwitterEarth handle days before the UN’s climate crisis conference, but the account has been silent since.
    . . .
    @TwitterEarth, which says in its bio that it is “uniting voices for a sustainable future,” has not Tweeted since the 4th of November.
    . . .
    It has not tweeted at all since COP27 began – despite @TwitterEarth saying “Twitter is the voice of COP27.”
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    It’s a fair cop. Now it’s a ‘climate crisis conference’?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Historic pledge to limit global warming to 1.5°C could be dropped ENTIRELY from COP27 treaty amid pressure from China, insiders claim
    14 November 2022

    Pledges to control Earth’s climate are worthless anyway.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    “worthless”? Well that target of 1.5℃ was either plucked out of thin air or predicted by those (ever wrong) computer models. So it contains some CO2.
    Perhaps they could get rid of the pledge and claim the reduction in CO2?

  7. oldbrew says:

    After 27 COPs…

    Global Carbon Budget 2022: Global fossil CO2 emissions expected to grow 1.0% in 2022
    14 November 2022

    Growth in oil use, particularly aviation, and coal use are behind most of the increase in 2022.
    . . .
    Given that a further recovery in oil use is expected in 2023, if coal or gas use remain flat or increase, then it is likely that global fossil CO2 emissions will continue to rise in 2023 without a concerted policy effort. — Robbie Andrew, a Senior Researcher at CICERO preparing the fossil CO2 emission estimates
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    So much for ‘stop oil’ protests.

  8. Paul Vaughan says:

    Future generations of westerners might have a better chance supplied with public math education on par with the standards of far more populous countries.

  9. oldbrew says:

    NOVEMBER 15, 2022

    Opinion: Why COP27 should be the last of these pointless corporate love-ins
    by Bobby Banerjee, The Conversation

    ‘COP27 will go the way of previous COPs: empty promises, stirring speeches and slick corporate campaigns. And higher carbon emissions next year.’

    Headline says it all. Reading the article is optional. The author is a disillusioned climate obsessive.

  10. Gamecock says:

    Nah, they’ll go on. Many states will always be lured by free money, and prosperous nation’s politicians are always looking for photo ops.

    In fact, COP27 attendance is higher than the record COP26 attendance. It’s growing, Bobby!

  11. Adam Gallon says:

    Since this “1.5C limit” came into being, during the post-1998 “pause”, when it became obvious that just carrying on as we were, wouldn’t reach the previous 2C “limit” for a century, it has as much scientific value as phlogiston.

  12. oldbrew says:

    What climate emergency?…

    ‘Complete contradiction’: Egypt burns dirtier fuel to sell more gas to Europe
    Published on 15/11/2022

    The Cop27 host has increased its use of mazut, a heavy fuel oil, in power stations, despite its harmful impact on health and the environment
    . . .
    Official data issued by the Egyptian Electricity and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency shows the trend. In October 2022, the percentage of mazut consumption in power plants reached 20.95%, while the same month in 2021 it was 3.67%.

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