An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 5, 2007

Dateline: Planet Moonbeam

Filed under: Environment, UN — olbroad @ 12:59

World given deadline on climate change

World leaders will have to agree the shape of a “son of Kyoto” treaty before the end of the year if the most catastrophic effects of climate change are to be averted, UN officials said yesterday.

How do you “avert” nature? Even if we all lived in a great big bubble, nature would find a way to get in.

Envoys sent out by the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, have begun seeking advance agreement from heads of state on the principles of a post-2012 climate change treaty, negotiations for which begin at a meeting in Indonesia in December.

Ya know, I had hopes the new guy would be a bit more in touch with reality. Guess not.

The secretary-general’s latest initiative comes after a new consensus on what could be done was agreed by scientists and officials, including those from the US, China and the European Union.

I don’t put much stock in ‘consensus’. I can get a group of people together who would agree that the moon was made of green cheese. Does that make it so?

The prompt adoption of biofuels, renewable energy sources, greater energy efficiency and nuclear power can slow down what would otherwise be a worldwide disaster, said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s working group.

I’d think they’d be more concerned with that ability to actually feed people, rather than using food stuffs to fuels their limos and jets.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the 2,000-strong network of UN scientists and energy experts, said of the final summary of its report: “It’s stunning in its brilliance and relevance. It’s a remarkable step forward.”

Brilliance and relevance. The Useless Numnuts haven’t been brilliant or relevant for a very long time.

David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, said after the report was published: “Without a new global deal on climate change, emissions of greenhouse gases will continue to increase. That’s why we’re pushing hard for negotiations to start on a new global climate deal this year and are working through the G8 group of nations and the UN climate change conference.”

They can make all the deals they want, it’s not going to matter one bit. The climate will change when it damn well pleases, and not one penny will make a bit of difference. And you KNOW who’s money will be used, don’t you? Not the dough of those who are the worst polluters. Nope, it’ll come out of the pockets of the U.S. taxpayers.

Yvo de Boer, the UN’s most senior climate change official, said: “One of the key sectors in terms of mitigation is the energy supply sector. More than two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions come from this sector.

“The way in which the future energy needs are met will determine whether the efforts to address climate change will remain manageable.”

I wasn’t aware that anyone could control the emissions from the oceans, or volcanoes, etc.

The head of the US delegation, Harlan Watson said: “The US leads the world in deploying a range of technologies that scientific and economic experts have now agreed can provide a global solution to reduce emissions and sustain economic growth.”

I’m sure the idea that the U.S. does a great deal to promote new technologies comes as a shock to the the rest of the world, since we are so ‘evil’.

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1 Comment »

  1. Ah! What a wonderfully negative outlook!

    I do think that you have a lot of very apt and relevant comments. This is a really refreshing blog to read. Great!

    This is what blogging is all about, and long may you continue.

    One thing though. Have you seen that commercially the Germans are beginning to pick up real market advantage in Anaerobic Digestion and Biofuel technology. They started first in this technology with encouragement from their government at least 5 years ago.

    They are now in a position to sell their AD energy technology into this sector worldwide. A sector which is rising fast and in which the US has no technology and no profile at all.

    I think that from your blog you are keen to see commercial benefits and certainly the avoidance of expense to the taxpayer, but when new industries emerge it would be dangerous I would think for any nation to ignore the possibilities of commercial gain which are in danger of being missed here by the US I think.

    Comment by Steve of Anaerobic Digestion — June 2, 2007 @ 3:17


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