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 Henny-Penny the sky is falling—OK, but when?

12.02.20.  The Paris Agreement. PM Scott Morrison’s favourite chestnut; he appears determined to politically live or die by his Paris Agreement and the latter might be so. Thank goodness for News Corp’s Graham Lloyd who does not buy climate madness. His revealing article will no doubt be scoffed at by Morrison who seems to have inherited the Turnbull political Tin-Ear with good dollop of arrogance as well. Voters need to take note of such events and exact punishment at the ballot box and stop using the excuse that the alternative is worse cop-out!
Only three countries, representing 0.1 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have met a Paris Agreement deadline to lodge new plans to boost action on climate change. Of the 194 governments that signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, only Marshall Islands, Suriname and Norway have provided updated climate plans by the ­February 9 deadline. 

Source: Graham Lloyd, Environment Editor, News Corp

All talk, no action: only three nations meet climate deadline

A deadline was written into the Paris Agreement for countries to update their climate plans “at least nine to 12 months in advance of the relevant session”, which is due to be held this year in Glasgow in November.
The poor response is in stark contrast to public comments about the urgency of taking action on climate change.
Officials involved in drawing up the Paris Agreement said they were disappointed the deadline had been missed. But, despite being spelled out in the “adoption of the Paris Agreement” document, the deadline is now being referred to as “theoretical” because it is not legally binding.
Former UN Climate Change Secretariat head Christiana ­Figueres said she expected new pledges to be made throughout the year.
The federal government has said it remains committed to the existing 2030 target of cutting emissions between 26 and 28 per cent of 2005 levels.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has said Australia was assessing its long-term strategy for 2050 but had not yet made a decision.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said only 70 countries had committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, including the European Union.
“That number represents less than one-fourth of global emissions,” Mr Guterres said.
“We must make this commitment universal.”
However, Mr Guterres said governments should remain focused on more immediate action to cut global emissions by 45 per cent below 2010 levels by 2030.
In its climate update, Norway has pledged to reduce emissions by at least 50 per cent, and towards 55 per cent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.
Suriname, with 0.02 per cent of global emissions, has set a renewable energy target of 35 per cent by 2030. It is seeking $US696m ($1.03bn) for climate measures.
The Marshall Islands, which is responsible for less than 0.00001 per cent of global emissions, said it had peaked emissions in 2009 with a target to halve GHG emissions between 2010 and 2030, with a view to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, or earlier if possible.
Australia has been criticised by various lobby groups as an obstacle to progress at international climate talks. But Mr Taylor said Australia was on target to meet its obligations under both the Kyoto second round and the 2030 Paris Agreement.
The most recent estimates released by the federal Department of the Environment are that Australia will overachieve on both its 2020 and 2030 targets.
Emissions in 2030 are projected to be 511 Mt CO2-e.
To achieve Australia’s 2030 target of 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels, emissions reductions of 395 to 462 Mt CO2-e between 2021 and 2030 are required.
When overachievement of 411 Mt CO2-e from the Kyoto agreement is included, Australia will overachieve by 16 Mt CO2-e — or a 26 per cent reduction.
Another 51 Mt CO2-e of cumulative emissions reduction will be required between 2021 and 2030 to meet the 28 per cent reduction target.
The federal opposition has criticised the Morrison government for including carry-over credits from the Kyoto process in its 2020 and 2030 emissions ­calculations.
Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles said on ABC television on Sunday that Australia would get a 0.3 per cent reduction on emissions on 2000 levels by 2020.
He also said Australia was not on target to meet the 26 per cent Paris Agreement target.

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • DT 12/02/2020, 6:53 am

    06:43 PM ET 02/10/2015
    Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

    Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

    The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.

    Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming “the economic development model” because she’s really never seen it work. “If you look at Ms. Figueres’ Wikipedia page,” notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left.

  • DT 12/02/2020, 6:55 am

    CO2 must be stopped, life on Earth is ruining the planet.

  • Big Al 12/02/2020, 7:37 am

    I’m votin’ f’ Trump to take over the world and get all these commie-nuts to board the First Fleet to Mars as soon as possible, to save the world before it goes completely bonkers with their absolute stupidity.

  • Albert 12/02/2020, 8:14 am

    Forgive them Lord for they know not what they do.

  • Lorraine 12/02/2020, 8:58 am

    fuzzy feel good and the Paris Agreement, my power bill has arrived and thanks to the heavens I can just afford to pay the thing.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 12/02/2020, 10:24 am

      Ours went up by $166 and yet we used less power this quarter than we did for the last one.

      • nev 12/02/2020, 10:44 am

        They call it “Homogenization” Bots.

      • Peter W 12/02/2020, 11:17 am

        Nev ……..I knew Homo would be in there somewhere.

      • Pensioner Pete 12/02/2020, 11:49 am

        Bots: Puzzleduck and Triad are most grateful for your contribution, particularly when one is aware $1.5Billion annually, goes from Ergon and Energex back to State treasury, whilst the $4.7 Billion Ergon and Energex were forced to borrow by Curtis Pitt, the previous treasurer, whereupon the borrowed money was then promptly transferred into the State coffers, allowing we electricity consumers to pay yet another sneaky underhanded tax.

        I personally cannot see power prices coming down in Queensland whilst we have these carpetbaggers at the helm, busily increasing the state debt beyond the $93 Billion it is currently.

        Then of course, the plan by Puzzleduck and Triad to shut down the coal industry and shut down the agricultural industry is sure to boost the income of the state, somehow escapes me.

  • Aktosplatz 12/02/2020, 9:03 am

    The whole thing would be laughable if it were not so serious. Australia’s CO2 emissions? Nobody has a clue what they are. What about all the bushfires and those burning eucalyptus,no extra CO2 given off?

    The other joke at our expense is the’ per capita’ statistic which has been used against Australia due to our relatively low population, and by the same token, China slides by, with a very high population.

    Who was the Clown here who agreed to this.

    Make no mistake, no country can control all of its CO2 emissions, some but not all. No country will ever achieve zero emissions except by lying.

    Oh Of Course the Earth Understands!! You can ‘buy carbon credits’ to offset your poorly estimated CO2 emissions.

    What a load of BS. What a scam! This has sweet F-All about saving the planet (see DT’s post above).

  • Penguinite 12/02/2020, 9:52 am
  • Honeybadger 12/02/2020, 10:29 am

    Ho hum yadda yadda yadda, more of the same cant.

  • Finn 12/02/2020, 10:47 am

    What Paris agreement. No agreement was reached. It’s notally totally non binding with both no goal. They do not even attempt to project in what manner the world will be saved by meeting the sloganeered “target”.

    It’s not even as good as snake oil. Snake oil will make you better

  • Soroako 12/02/2020, 11:31 am

    This morning I read an interesting response to a climate alarmist

    Question posted on Quora:
    If you believe climate change is a hoax, do you also believe that coal and oil energy is fine and poses no long-term threat?

    Response posted by:
    Paul Noel, former Research Scientist 6 Level 2 UAH Huntsville Al. (2009-2014)
    Answered Feb 5
    No not at all! That is the mistake so many environmentalist kids make. They assume we older people are wanting oil etc.

    To explain this I need to take you back to the 1840’s and tell you that there was an energy shortage of biofuel that was threatening to collapse the entire world economy and drive humanity into starvation and poverty. The biofuel was whale oil, and the whalers were clearing out the very last whales from the world’s oceans. They were going extinct!

    Some enterprising guys knowing that whales were gone found a creek ironically already named “Oil Creek”in Pennsylvania and studied the oil coming up in the creek. American Indians had been collecting the oil for centuries to use as ointment similar to Vaseline in Oil Creek Pennsylvania. They studied the rock tilts and backed off from the creek and drilled a well to find oil. They found it exactly where they planned to. Now they had no idea of the difference from Whale Oil and Petroleum. But they saved the whales.

    As horses and such began to destroy all of the land for their hay, and a second energy shortage was developing with trees being cut down and deforestation the oil saved the land from mass destruction and the automobiles, tractors and trucks saved the environment! Oil is why you even imagine to worry about the environment. You would live in poverty and privation without energy and without medicines and without food if you lived at all without oil.

    We know these things. We know how you got to where you are. Hating the world we built is the most ignorant thing in world history. Now those of us who are science oriented know that even oil, natural gas and coal are energy sources that will be transitioned from in time. But we also know how deeply they are part of your life something they didn’t teach you in school.

    You need to know that when I was a teen, I got to push cars in gas lines. If you think I am loyal to Oil you are sorely mistaken. I hate the management of the big oil companies more than you can imagine. I know all of their atrocities and misdeeds. But I also know the process and I also know the reality of our world.

    Oil is going to fade out as will natural gas and coal but that is 100 or 200 years away. You need to spend your time concentrating on inventing the things we will transition to and quit spending your time on banning things. Once we have cheaper and better alternatives your solutions will see fossil fuels leaving the human environment. But that means you need to stop being involved in the lies of the IPCC. You need go to college. You need to study STEM and not gender studies or social justice. You will create the world you want by being the best in science you can be. But skip the climate science nonsense. Learn to make things work.

    Ironically for you coal will be the last fuel replaced because it makes things. But everything is in transition. Just as we no longer use Whale Oil to light our houses and businesses, the future will be different from where we are.

    He concluded with this statement:

    Someone flagged it [his response] for violating Quora Policy. It was reviewed and didn’t violate anything. The eco fascists cannot accept anything that does not preach their line.

  • OPA 12/02/2020, 11:39 am

    And as such P{M Morrison is incapable to get out of this climate lunacy because of the ‘nut-cases’ among his fellow liberals who are firm believers in the global warming cult! Therefore he lamely mouths the approved language so as to not upset them (and Turnbull) and dares not to boldly insist that coal fired power stations are the only way to get this country back to normal. In the mean time all our neighbors get on with building their coal power stations, shaking their heads at those idiotic westerners committing economic suicide! And they can do it because they use our coal!!

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 12/02/2020, 3:53 pm

    The chief scientist is quoted in the Australian as saying, “we need to use hydrogen so we convert coal and natural gas into hydrogen and have another couple of lanes of energy.” Wonder if he remembers that we use coal and natural gas to run our power stations already, and also wonder if he is au fait with the Hindenburg. Joh Bjelke Petersen had that bloke who had a car that ran on hydrogen made from water but the bloke wouldn’t raise the bonnet so we could see the machinery. I am still wondering just who Joh really was because you really couldn’t invent someone like him no matter how hard you tried, and yet Qld. boomed along.

    • Aktosplatz 12/02/2020, 9:19 pm

      Passing steam over red hot coking coal produces water gas which is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. So there’s your hydrogen but carbon monoxide is produced as well, and that quickly turns into carbon dioxide.

      And hydrogen explodes when mixed with air, our science teacher at school nearly blew a hole in the roof when he did that. ( and we didn’t need computer modelling to tell us that)

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