COP17 Russia Will Never Sign Up To Kyoto Extension
2 weeks today the UN COP17 Climate Change Conference will start in Durban, already predicted to fail by the UN itself, another nail has been hammered into the COP17 coffin by Russia stating unequivocally that it will not commit economic suicide by signing up to Kyoto 2, unless every other country in the world signs up as well.
Russia has a government that puts economic prosperity and energy security ahead of the moral superiority of the Left/Green/Marxist/Watermelon agenda that seems to think there is something noble and lofty in killing jobs and pushing the most vulnerable people in society into energy poverty, all so they can lead the charge over the cliff and back to the misery of an Agrarian economy and society.
Russia’s chief climate negotiator said the country will “never” sign up to extend the Kyoto Protocol for a second implementation period, casting further doubt on chances of a deal at the international climate conference in South Africa at the end of this month.
“We will never sign Kyoto 2 because it would not cover every country,” Oleg Shamanov, director of international cooperation on the environment at the Foreign Ministry, said late last week.
The comments came the same week that the International Energy Agency declared that the world has just five years to cut greenhouse gas emissions to avert “irreversible” climate change, putting pressure on governments to come up with a deal at the summit in Durban, which takes place from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9.
Refusal by Russia, Japan and Canada to renew Kyoto for a second period dashed hopes of an agreement at the Cancun climate talks last year.
COP16 achieved nothing despite the best efforts of the warming alarmists to spin Cancun as having some success, desperate efforts were still going on in February 2011 to keep Kyoto alive.
“Any question about our participation is a question about everyone’s participation,” he said. Essentially, Russia does not see any benefits in a legally binding consensus unless “everybody signs.”
That is “not going to happen,” David Burwell, head of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, said at the meeting in Moscow attended by Shamanov on Thursday evening. “Quite frankly, the best way to be a leader is not to push for a legally binding consensus,” he said in remarks apparently designed to defend the U.S. position.
When the United States refused to sign up, Russia’s ratification in 2005 was instrumental in getting the original Kyoto Protocol — which created a mechanism for countries that slash carbon emissions to benefit financially — into force.
It is also the only one of the BRIC emerging economies to be party to annex No. 1 of the treaty, obligating it to reduce its carbon emissions.
At the time, it made financial common sense. Russia is one of few countries to have slashed its carbon emissions compared with 1990s levels — largely as a result of the collapse of industrial output after 1991.
At the time, it made financial common sense, therein lies the real truth.
The doomsayers of Climate Religion have always tried to make out that countries and businesses who signed up to the various Green ideas did so for noble lofty reasons, when in reaity it was always about attracting business with hidden subsidies from the tax payer, so that a consensus about Climate Change could appear to exist.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than the shrill screams from the UK solar industry who are having their
feedin tarriffs tax payer subsidies cut from from December 12th 2011.