Posted by: Grant | December 14, 2010

Cancun – Poor Greg

Poor Greg Combet, all that effort, all that work, what a triumph.

Yawn.

Nobody cares – nobody joined in – Garret and Wong are gone – Julia has imprisoned “Climate” in The Tower where it will slowly fade away and die.
We’ve moved on from the evil fossil-fuel companies to the evil banks, from drought to flooding rain, from hot to freezing cold.
It’s nice to be Green, but nobody takes them seriously anymore.

JO NOVA
Cancun in a nutshell: nothing achieved but it’s a Big PR Success
Posted on December 12th, 2010 
http://joannenova.com.au/2010/12/cancun-in-a-nutshell-nothing-achieved-but-its-a-big-pr-success/

“After the awful post-Climategate-and-Copenhagen year, more than anything else, the Big Scare Campaign needed a PR win. And in that sense Cancun was a major victory. Nobody agreed to anything legally binding, Kyoto was not extended, and all they achieved amounted to nothing more than an extension of the yearly junkets, and the promise that the gravy train is not dead yet. But the headlines will warm the hearts of all on Team-Scare-Us. The most important thing for the side that’s losing friends, faith and face, was to regain momentum. They’re trying to stop the death spiral.

The Australian ABC is only too happy to help be a part of the cheer-squad:… “

ANDREW BOLT
Cancun couldn’t
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:03am
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/cancun_couldnt/

Ben Webster, The Times:
The climate change conference in Cancún has ended with failure to set a target date for the reduction of carbon emissions. The Mexican hosts persuaded 192 out of 193 countries to accept the “Cancún agreement” by the simple trick of aiming for the lowest common denominator — the agreement was secured by deferring decisions on all of the most contentious issues.
Nitin Sethi, The Economic Times of India:
Under the new Cancun deal, each country will be allowed to offer whatever it wishes to pledge for emission reductions on its own volition. There shall be no cumulative target to reach. No one shall ask if the individual targets are collectively adequate or not. The new regime will only check if the pledges have been acted upon or not. Rich countries, including the US, will offer emission reduction targets and others, such as India, will offer their mitigation actions as part of a new deal which can be said to be defined by the bottoms up approach. Under the agreement India will get off easy. Because it let others off easy as well.
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest:
That is the big news out of Cancun; the green agenda has fallen into a UN black hole and for now at least it cannot get out. The “success” of Cancun is a best case scenario from the skeptic’s point of view.  The cost of funding endless UN gabfests in exotic tourist locations (next up: South Africa in 2012) is trivial compared to the cost of any serious efforts to deal with carbon emissions on the scale current scientific theory suggests would be needed.  Bureaucrats will dance, journalists will spin and carbon will spew, and the greens will be unable to escape this dysfunctional UN process for years and maybe decades to come.
Ronald Bailey, Reason Online:
The United Nation’s climate change conference here in Cancun came to an end at around 4 a.m. this morning. It would be cynical to call it a bribe, but the Cancun agreements were largely reached because the rich countries continued their vague promises to hand over $100 billion in climate aid annually to poor countries beginning in 2020.

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The Stewpidity Becomes Cronic Sometimes

Well, a GHG is a GHG. Doesn’t matter how much effect it has, it’s still an evil GHG. Doesn’t matter if it is actually detectable or not! 

You do realise you’re paying for all this!
 
YALE ENVIRONMENT 360
13 Dec 2010: Report
‘Perverse’ CO2 Payments Send Flood of Money to China
by Mark Schapiro
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/perverse_co2_payments_send_flood_of_money_to_china_/2350/

“To offset their own carbon emissions, European companies have been wildly overpaying China to incinerate a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23. And in a bizarre twist, those payments have spurred the manufacture of a harmful refrigerant that is being smuggled into the U.S. and used illegally…. “

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UK In Weird Death Spiral.

This is truly bizarre – nobody seems to care that this has NO effect, NO result, NO benefit on anything at all.

It is mildly amusing to watch the UK political class dig themselves into a huge “Climate” hole. But then I don’t have £1000 a year power bill so everybody can be Green – YET!
When will it end?
When the blackouts actually start?

UK MAIL ONLINE
Consumers will pay the cost of going green as energy reform will add £500 a year to bills
By Tom Mcghie
Last updated at 9:45 PM on 11th December 2010
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-1337786/Energy-reform-add-500-year-bills.html

” …Over the next seven years most old coal-fired power stations and nuclear plants will be shut. With demand set to grow, the country faces the danger of blackouts.
To avoid this, energy companies say the most economical way to keep up energy production would be to build more gas-fired power stations, but this would destroy any hopes of meeting the Government’s carbon emission targets.
So on Thursday, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will unveil a White Paper outlining plans for a ‘carbon floor price’. This will artificially raise the price of the carbon allowance to penalise fossil fuel generators…. “

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