Thursday, September 4, 2014

From Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Foundation

No Show: World Leaders To Skip UN Climate Summit
 
UN’s Green Agenda A Chaotic Mess, New Report
 
Chinese president Xi Jinping has decided to skip a meeting of world leaders on climate change in New York, according to climate insiders, casting doubt on the summit’s potential to make progress ahead of next year’s major UN climate summit in Paris. The news will be a blow to summit organisers, coming swiftly after the announcement that Indian prime minister Narendra Modi [and German Chancellor Angela Merkel] will also miss the meeting. --Joydeep Gupta, The Guardian, 2 September 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the world's third-largest greenhouse gas-emitting nation, won't join his U.S. and Chinese counterparts at a United Nations climate summit next month in New York. Modi's absence is a bit of a blow to the summit. --Zack Colman, The Washington Examiner, 14 August 2014

German daily TAZ reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel isn’t going to bother attending the Ban Ki-Moon initiated climate conference in New York this coming September. The TAZ adds this has been “confirmed by a government spokesman“. Merkel’s decision to snub the event is likely another sign that efforts to forge a climate agreement are already dead in water. The TAZ writes: "Ultimately only Europe and very few other countries remain on board. Canada for example has opted out. Japan and Russia are also no longer taking part.”--Pierre Gosselin, No Tricks Zone 26 May 2014

This month, the United Nations will double down at another climate summit on calls for sweeping and costly global action on a wide array of environmental fronts, as part of a drive for “sustainable development” and a comprehensive new global climate control treaty. But an important U.N. investigative unit is warning that the world organization’s management of environmental programs and treaties is a chaotic mess that has not improved much in years. --George Russell, Fox News, 2 September 2014

Donald Tusk’s nomination as the next Mr. Europe is a major game changer for the European energy and climate policy. And it is not a good one. Stronger activity of the other governments will be needed to balance Poland’s tendency to obstruct European energy and climate targets. Otherwise the 30 August 2014 will be remembered as a dark day for the European renewable energy industry, climate protection and thus the fate of the future generations. --Andrzej Ancygier, EurActiv, 2 September 2014

Emergency measures will be introduced to prevent the lights going out this winter. Offices and factories will be offered compensation to undergo 1970s-style energy rationing and shut down for up to four hours a day to prevent households being plunged into darkness. In addition, owners of old power stations will be asked to switch them back on to meet the country’s demands. National Grid had not planned to use this option until next winter. But yesterday it revealed a series of fires and setbacks had knocked some of the UK’s biggest generators out of service. --Peter Campbell, Daily Mail, 3 September 2014

Throughout the 1970s, Britain was repeatedly shaken to its core by social mayhem and political chaos caused by disastrous energy crises. These traumatic upheavals badly hurt families and UK industries. They also brought down governments and the entire economy. I believe Britain’s ruinous green energy policy is now threatening to bring about a comparable and wholly unnecessary energy crisis. The current set of political leaders are too young or were too sheltered to remember the trauma of the calamities of the 1970s. It is doubtful they realise the enormous political risk their green energy gamble involves. --Benny Peiser, Mail on Sunday, 13 October 2013

Germany’s flagship green energy policy is in tatters, according to a new report by the consultancy firm McKinsey which says many of its goals are “no longer realistic”. “Despite the massive expansion of renewable energies, achieving the key objectives of the energy revolution in Germany by 2020 is no longer realistic” says the report. “If you can’t achieve your own targets, you can hardly be a credible advocate for stricter CO2 cuts in Europe or elsewhere in the world,” said a comment piece in Welt newspaper. --Justin Huggler, The Daily Telegraph, 2 September 2014

While Americans were celebrating the long Labor Day weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the groundbreaking of major pipeline that will carry natural gas from Russia to China. The Power of Siberia pipeline being built by the state-owned energy giant Gazprom could eventually bring $400 billion worth of natural gas to China, which has been trying to meet more of its energy needs with natural gas. But while Putin is pushing for more energy exports, President Obama has not yet made a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is seen as a major economic opportunity for the U.S. and Canada. The pipeline has been awaiting approval for more than five years and has been subject to heavy opposition from Democrats and environmentalists who argue the project will contribute to global warming. --Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, 2 September 2014

European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger warned on Tuesday he was not ruling out "worst case scenarios" on Europe's energy security due to Russian President Vladimir Putin's "lies" amid Moscow's actions in Ukraine. "That Putin would use false information, lies and weapons was beyond my imagination," Oettinger said at an event of German energy utility RWE in Brussels. "That's why I am not ruling out worst case scenarios any more," he added. --Reuters, 2 September 2014
The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters, as it braces for a possible halt in Russian gas as a result of the Ukraine crisis. --Henning Gloystein, --Reuters, 1 September 2014

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