Economic Reality & The EU’s Leadership On Climate Change
Posted by Tory Aardvark
The warming alarmists take great pride in leading the way, taking the moral high ground, being morally superior in the vain and ill founded hope that other nations will follow their example and commit economic suicide.
The reality is that while one nation commits economic suicide, the others look on in wonderment, Australia’s carbon tax has proved so politically divisive that the Australian Labor Party got hammered at the polls, British Columbia enacted a bold set of climate change policies and assumed others would follow.
Assumptions can frequently be wrong as British Columbia’s environment minister Terry Lake has found out, in a recent interview Lake said: “I think it is safe to say that we expected more jurisdictions to be coming up and joining us in this kind of public policy, that hasn’t happened.”
Leadership on climate change is dangerous and ultimately stupid, it only leads to job losses and energy poverty and now as the Euro crises grinds inexorably onwards, the warming alarmists are becoming concerned that EU is no longer in the vanguard of climate stupidity, Richard Black at the BBC:
UN climate talks have opened in Germany, with the EU struggling to keep its position of a global leader.
Small developing countries that linked up with the EU in a new coalition last year say the bloc must commit to tougher emission cuts and more finance.
Existing pledges on “climate aid” run out at the end of this year, and the EU has yet to clarify what happens then.
Most EU nations want to increase carbon cuts but they have not worked out how to negotiate around Poland’s blocking.
Most EU nations want to increase carbon cuts, so how about listing the nations that want the fabled carbon cuts?
Following the tsunami in Japan the German Greens screamed for German nuclear to be shutdown, the politicians caved into the Greens and now to make up for the lost nuclear capacity the German Network Agency is calling for suspension of EU emissions laws for old coal plants, the lights nearly went out last winter, they will this year without coal fired power stations.
Last December’s annual UN climate summit, in South Africa, saw the EU team up alongside at least 80 nations, primarily small island states and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), in a new “rainbow coalition” pressing for a new global deal that would eventually restrict all nations’ emissions.
At a small informal meeting in Brussels last week, just over 30 nations from the coalition took stock of the situation, with members of the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) urging the EU to adopt the 30% target as soon as possible.
“There was agreement that it’s got to go up to 30%,” Tony de Brum, Minister in Assistance of the Marshall Islands, told BBC News.
“We don’t want to be intrusive or over-reaching, but we said ‘we don’t think the disagreement in your group is so overwhelming – when 26 say yes and one says no, we think you could probably bring along the dissident, so please don’t come to us with this kind of excuse’.”
The small island states are a slick bunch of con men, the Maldives held a cabinet meeting under water to draw attention to the lie that their islands were sinking beneath the waves, while at the same time a new airport was being constructed for use long after the Maldives were going to be submerged.
The really good news for the island nations, and Tuvalu in particular is that Envisat shows sea levels are falling, which the grasping con men of Aosis know all too well.
However, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said moving to a 30% target this year would be “very, very challenging“.
If unelected EU Climate commissar Connie thinks something would be very, very challenging, then the writing is on the wall for the EU’s undemocratic Green zealots.
The EU parliament has backed away from sending a huge delegation to the Rio+20 Earth Summit next month, because it knows the cost is simply not acceptable to Europeans facing harsh economic realities, Comrade Connie is astute enough to know that Europeans are not going to be in favour of giving money away and slowing down their economic recovery by more expensive job killing emissions rules.
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Posted on May 14, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Green Lies, Green Taxation, Junk Science, ManBearPig, Social Engineering, Wealth Redistribution and tagged European Union. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.