Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Primer for the Paris Climate Talks

By William Kay
Intro
 
From November 30 to December 11, 2015 the Parisian suburb of Le Bourget will host the $180 million United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties. “COP21” will induce spectacular displays of eco-activist anguish, round-the-clock political wrangling, and unprecedented global warming media hype. The following articles may serve as a programme for this impending farce.

“Climate Change and European Energy Independence” pivots on a 200-page analysis of the world’s energy industry by the International Energy Agency; a document prepared as a reference text for COP21 delegates. This document, and certain communiques from the European Union, expose with surprising candidness the main motive behind the Climate Change campaign. Europe is regularly importing over $500 billion a year worth of fossil fuels from economic rivals who also enjoy cheaper energy costs due to their natural fossil fuel endowments. Forsaking fossil fuels is an existential struggle for Europe.

“Big Climate” profiles the climate-industrial complex that has emerged in response to the subsidies and incentives lobbied into place by Climate Change campaigners. Tens of thousands of businesses build and install wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicle chargers, biofuel digesters, etc. Best estimates place the climate-industrial complex’s revenues in the $1.5 trillion a year range. This commercial activity simply would not exist but for the Climate Change campaign.

The article “A Tale of Two Places” compares how the Climate Change campaign impacts fossil-fuel-rich Alberta and fossil-fuel-poor Denmark.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Climate Change and European Energy Independence
Big Climate
A Tale of Two Places
Conclusion
Footnotes and Sources

Climate Change and European Energy Independence
 
The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 200-page World Energy Outlook Special Report (2015) is a must-read for COP21 negotiators. This was certainly its authors’ intent:

“This World Energy Outlook Special Report has the pragmatic purpose of arming COP21 negotiators with the energy sector material they need to achieve success in Paris in December 2015.” (1)

The authors, IEA’s Directorate of Global Energy Economics, toiled under the glare of a seven-member High-Level Advisory Panel whose most notable member was France’s Climate Negotiations Ambassador. One of his co-panelists was Environmental Defense Fund’s Fred Krupp.

Additional input came from 76 outside experts drawn from three types of organizations:

(a) Environment and Energy and Climate Ministries of IEA countries;

(b) Corporations such as Vestas, Volkswagen, Shell, Deutsche Bank, Toshiba, Siemens, Munich Re, Toyota, and Electricity de France; and

(c) Enviro-movement pillars like Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund, United Nations Environment Programme, Climate Works Foundation, and European Climate Foundation.

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