Skip to comments.Nations Aren’t Acting as If Climate Change Poses an Existential Crisis to the World
Posted on 03/17/2021 6:55:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Political leaders and media personalities are fond of saying climate change poses an existential threat to humans and the planet. The weight of scientific evidence doesn’t support this oft-made claim.
Despite what is reported almost daily by the mainstream media, data from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show no increase in extreme weather events as the earth has modestly warmed over the past 150 years. Indeed, IPCC and NOAA data show the number of extreme cold spells, drought, floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires have all either declined modestly or remained relatively stable since the late 1870s.
Despite these irrefutable facts, leaders from nations around the world have signed multiple international agreements, the latest being the 2015 Paris climate agreement, intended to avert a supposed pending climate disaster.
However, their actions do not match their words. The U.N. recently reported the same political leaders who publicly signed the Paris Climate Agreement committing them to restrict emission from their countries, have enacted domestic policies that actually increase emissions.
As of February 26, the U.N. says only 75 of the more than 190 countries that have ratified the Paris Climate Agreement have tendered firm commitments and detailed plans to cut emissions, despite having committed to deliver those plans by 2020. Adding insult to injury, the U.N. says “the level of ambition communicated through these NDCs indicates that changes in these countries’ total emissions would be small, less than -1%, in 2030 compared to 2010 … [whereas the] IPCC, by contrast, has indicated that emission reduction ranges to meet the 1.5°C temperature goal should be around -45% in 2030 compared to 2010.”
Whether it is large emitters or small, the reality is nations are putting poverty reduction and economic growth (rightly in my opinion) ahead of climate action.
Let’s look at a few examples.
India is the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter. Under the Paris Agreement, India did not pledge to cut its emissions, rather it said it would reduce emissions intensity (emissions as a percentage of GDP). The problem with this is, even if India exceeds its carbon intensity reduction goals, its total emissions will still have increased substantially. As a result, the U.N. observes, “with current energy targets and policies, emissions are projected to keep increasing (by 24-25 percent above 2019 levels in 2030) and show no signs of peaking, in particular due to the lack of a policy to transition away from coal. Such an increase of emissions is not consistent with the Paris Agreement.”
Indeed, 70 percent of India’s electric power is generated by burning coal. And India’s most recent estimate is that by 2030 coal use for energy will increase by 40 percent.
The news is even worse out of China, the world’s biggest emitter. China, which is responsible for approximately 25 percent of the world’s emissions, vaguely indicated it expected carbon dioxide emissions to peak by 2030. Peak at what level?
The Chinese Communist Party recently released its five-year plan for economic development and it contained no reduction in coal use. It would be surprising if it did. In recent years, China has built dozens of new coal-fueled power plants, with hundreds more in various stages of construction, development, and planning. China intends to build coal-fueled power plants in Africa, throughout Asia, and the Middle East.
Simultaneously, China is disincentivizing new construction of wind and solar facilities, which the National Energy Administration (NEA) referred to as “unreliables.”
Even Argentina, a relatively small emitter, will have trouble squaring its development goals with its Paris climate commitment. At a recent conference, President Alberto Fernandez said Argentina’s goal was to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Meanwhile, back home, far from the limelight of international climate conferences, Fernandez announced the government was doubling down on fossil fuels, saying, “Today we are relaunching the oil and gas economy,” starting with $5 billion in government subsidies, to develop its shale fields.
Political elites don’t really fear a climate apocalypse is in the offing. Rather, they are using the threat of the “climate change” hobgoblin to accrue ever more power and control over peoples’ lives. For politicians, this is what the climate scare is and always has been about.
H.L. Mencken once famously quipped, “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” Nowhere is this truer than in the push to save the world from climate change.
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. ([email protected]) is a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Clue: [It isn’t]
As long as Obama and Michelle maintain their ocean-front mansion in Martha’s Vineyard, I’m not going to get worried.
But wait, won’t Martha’s Vineyard be underwater in a few short years? We all know that NASA warned us that that by 2013-2018 the arctic would be ice free in the summer, swamping out costal areas worldwide. Surely the experts could not be wrong.
That is because the whole thing is a transfer of wealth and most of the nations who signed the Paris Accord were expecting to be on the receiving end of the transfer.
First I’ve heard of it.
Its total bs. They sure are.
They tried to blame Covid-19 on climate change when it is clear that globalism is the problem, since people flew around spreading the disease before countries started closing their borders.
They tried to blame the burning Amazon on climate change too, when the problem is greedy globalists and their palm oil plantations laying waste to rainforests.
"Climate Change' is also used to hobble the United States...
Neither are Buyers of ocean front homes, which should be "worthless" at this point, or the mortgage lenders financing them.
Nor are developers of beachfront resorts and other waterfront projects, or the banks and investors who are willing to put up BILLIONS of dollars for a project that is supposedly doomed to fail.
Bill Gates should WELCOME global warming or widescale natural disaster.
Mr. Gates believes that there are several billion people too many on the planet, the only ways to drop the numbers are death by war, famine, disaster, disease, or from the other direction mass sterility and no-procreation.
I am a member of the IAPI. (Ice Age Prevention Initiative). I leave my car idle all night and have a gas powered leaf blower.
How much time is left before Cortezageddon?
Where’s Greta? Has she weighed in on this?
Nor are all the brokers planning on moving from NY to Miami. And they’re the ones with all the quants and boffins that know what’s what and when’s when.
Brussels, Belgium is where the EU is run from. What progress has Brussels made?
We can only hope that if Martha’s Vineyard is underwater, it’s grossly underwater and the tenants were home.
The sea rise is about 2.6 mm/year. That about a foot in a century. Their house will be safe still. In this rate, after thousand years, the ocean will rise to less than 10ft. That still should keep most oceanfront properties safe. Obama mansion will not be there anyway!
Because they are build on some ancient sediments or volcanic ashes, which are settling, many shoreline cities are sinking into sea, at rate a lot faster than this.
If you read the horror stories of refugees abandoning some islands; It is always because their ground is sinking underneath them.
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