Friday, November 22, 2013

From Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Foundation

Britain Joins Australia In Rejecting Climate Compsensation
David Cameron Reportedly Tells Aides To 'Get Rid Of All The Green Crap'

Britain sent a blunt message to developing countries yesterday that it would not give in to their demands for compensation for weather-related disasters, which, many scientists say, climate change has worsened. A group of 130 countries, including China, India and Brazil, are demanding that a new UN institution be created to measure “loss and damage” from storms, such as the typhoon in the Philippines that killed several thousand and destroyed or damaged more than 700,000 homes. --Ben Webster, The Times, 21 November 2013 (Subscription required)

David Cameron has ordered ministers to ditch the ‘green crap’ blamed for driving up energy bills and making business uncompetitive, it is claimed. The Prime Minister, who once pledged to lead the ‘greenest government ever’, has publicly promised to ‘roll back’ green taxes, which add more than £110 a year to average fuel bills. But a senior Tory source said Mr Cameron’s message in private is far blunter. The source said: ‘He’s telling everyone, “We’ve got to get rid of all this green crap.” He’s absolutely focused on it.’ Tory high command has also privately abandoned Mr Cameron’s pre-election mantra ‘vote blue, go green’. ‘It’s vote blue, get real, now – and woe betide anyone who doesn’t get the memo,’ the source said. Downing Street denied the claims and said: “We do not recognise this at all.”-–Daily Mail, 21 November 2013
My Take - Well, this was perfectly predictable because the price of energy is the beginning of wisdom. 

No. 10 is tellingly refusing to deny the report in today's
Sun that David Cameron has ordered aides to "get rid of all the green crap". A Downing Street spokesman merely stated that "we do not recognise this at all" (a classic non-denial denial). In reference to the environmental levies imposed on fuel bills, a Tory source earlier claimed of Cameron: "He’s telling everyone, 'We’ve got to get rid of all this green crap.' He’s absolutely focused on it." The source added: "It’s vote blue, get real, now – and woe betide anyone who doesn’t get the memo." –George Eaton, New Statesman, 21 November 2013

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s sacking of the country’s environment minister Marcin Korolec yesterday has been greeted with dismay and suspicion among EU policymakers. Several Brussels sources linked the ministerial sacking to Polish intent to boondoggle – or deniably stall – the summit and prevent decisions being taken that Warsaw, which opposes further climate action, would have to veto at a March 2014 European Council. “It is pretty clear that the Poles have an interest in slowing things down,” one EU source told EurActiv. “They’ve even said so to us quite bluntly. It shows that their motives for hosting this conference were not to save the climate but rather to slow down the process of doing so.” --Euractiv 21 November 2013

Much of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic revival strategy is still on the drawing board, but earlier this month he helped his cause by abandoning Tokyo's 2009 pledge to reduce the country's carbon emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020. Despite the shock and horror professed by global climate mandarins, Japan is not going to become the Worst Polluter in the World as a result of this announcement. Instead, it will be a country that is striking a smarter balance between the uncertainty of global-warming predictions and current economic reality. The Wall Street Journal, 21 November 2013

China and India are stepping up pressure on wealthy countries to move first on fighting global warming, saying the earliest industrialized nations are the most to blame for rising temperatures. Speaking at talks involving 190 nations that aim to forge a new treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the developing nations said their richer counterparts should provide more details on a pledge to boost climate aid to $100 billion a year and on how they will cut their own emissions before the poorer countries are required to set their own targets. --Reed Landberg, Bloomberg, 21 November 2013

The annual U.N. climate change meetings are always all about money. This year’s 19th Conference of the Parties (COP-19) in Warsaw is no exception. The latest ploy by poor countries to guilt money out of rich governments is to claim that it’s far too late to mitigate or adapt to climate change, it’s now time to pay for the effects of climate change. --Ronald Bailey, Reason Online, 20 November 2013

We have now entered the era of climate change induced loss and damage. The time when emissions reductions and adaptation could have avoided significant adverse impacts on developing countries and vulnerable populations has passed. In the past, cutting emissions and adapting infrastructure and social institutions might have been sufficient responses to man-made climate change, but no longer. -–Tackling the Climate Reality, November 2013

A comprehensive survey has been conducted of the American Meteorological Society membership to elicit their views on global warming. Only 52% state that the warming is mostly anthropogenic. --Judith Curry, Climate Etc. 10 November 2013

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