EU leaders Thursday night committed by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27% [provided there is a legally binding UN climate treaty]. French President François Hollande said the deal would send a clear message to other countries such as China and the US ahead of the talks in Paris next year to agree global legally binding greenhouse gas emissions. A special “flexibility clause” was added to the final text, making it possible for the Council to return to the targets after the UN summit. --EurActiv, 24 October 2014
European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised. A clause was inserted into the text that could trigger a review of the EU’s new targets if other countries do not come forward with comparable commitments in Paris. --Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 24 October 2014
A damp rag nicknamed Herman Van Rompuy (yes, check what is the most popular YouTube video about him) and his apparatchik friends have finally agreed about an insane 15-year plan (a 3 times more ambitious time scale than Stalin liked to "command")
EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut
It's an atrocious piece of communist planning. Poland and others probably agreed with this insanity because they were promised a few bucks (negligible $3 billion dollars over a decade in the case of Czechia) as a compensation.
Historically, similar communist plans have almost never come true and it's very likely that this won't come true, either. There isn't any good reason why the production of carbon dioxide should drop by 40 percent.
Outside activist groups are spending millions of dollars on political ads claiming Florida Gov. Rick Scott is not doing enough to fight global warming. A look at the facts, however, reveals Florida is more than pulling its weight on the global warming issue and the political ads are more about promoting a Democratic political candidate than fighting global warming.
Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who made his fortune funding coal power in Third-World nations, is leading the global warming push in Florida, spending $10 million on anti-Scott political ads. The ads take a decidedly negative and sarcastic tone, including claiming Scott’s plan to address global warming is to build an ark for himself and his friends.
John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.
Instead, what 'little evidence' there is for rising global temperatures points to a 'natural phenomenon' within a developing eco-system.
In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: "The ocean is not rising significantly.
"The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.
Labor wants your power bills to be higher than they could be - just to pretend to “save” the palent from a warming which stopoped 16 years ago:
LABOR this afternoon rejected a government move to reduce the Renewable Energy Target but agreed to work to resolve the impasse.
Ahead of negotiations today Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane revealed he had written to Labor offering a compromise deal that would see the large-scale RET cut to around 27,000 gigawatt hours…
Much is being made of the “global” surface thermometer data, which three-quarters the way through 2014 is now suggesting the global average this year will be the warmest in the modern instrumental record.
I claim 2014 won’t be the warmest global-average year on record.
..if for no other reason than this: thermometers cannot measure global averages — only satellites can. The satellite instruments measure nearly every cubic kilometer – hell, every cubic inch — of the lower atmosphere on a daily basis. You can travel hundreds if not thousands of kilometers without finding a thermometer nearby.
(And even if 2014 or 2015 turns out to be the warmest, this is not a cause for concern…more about that later).
When is it acceptable for a terrorist to go berserk in a shopping mall and machine gun innocent victims to death?
When it's all being done for the noble cause of environmentalism, of course!
Such is the take-home message of an award-winning graphic novel which has been praised by a top scientist at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as "a marvellous way to convey the knowledge accumulated by our scientific community." (H/T Marc Morano at Climate Depot)
It has also been recommended by a curriculum developer at the US National Council of Teachers of English as a "rigorous" and "highly expressive" work which will make an "optimal text for students at various levels". (Naturally, the novel has been deemed Common-Core-compliant too.)
Looks like the Obama administration is up to its old (as in new) tricks again, this time putting its fingers on the already skewed scale in order to motivate a disinterested electorate. Both Obama and the EU are pressuring the UN to make its upcoming climate report more hysterical, and are seeking a stronger warmist warning. All this in the face of no observable warming for nearly two decades. The current report, they feel, isn't "effective" enough in reporting on the supposed dangers from climate models, er, climate change. From Bloomberg (bold added):
The U.S. and European Union are pushing for a stronger explanation about the dangers of climate change and the consequences of failing to stem fossil-fuel emissions in the UN’s most extensive report on global warming.
Sometimes you read a headline and think it's a parody straight out of The Onion, a satirical news website. Well, according to the Sun-Sentinel, elected officials from Southern Florida want to cut their state in half, making it Florida and South Florida, the 51st state in the Union. Why? Climate change of course. Even though sea level rise has remained constant since the last glacial period.
According to a report from the Sun-Sentinel, a proposal by the Mayor of South Miami and South Miami City Commission calls for the legal separation of Florida into two separate states.
The new state — aptly dubbed "South Florida" — would thus become the 51st state in the Union.
The imposing threat of rising sea levels is behind the proposal.
Polar bears have ruined yet another holiday. The town of Arviat, located in Canada’s Nanavut territory, has cancelled trick-or-treating this Halloween over fears of polar bear attacks on children.
Arviat wants its residents to celebrate Halloween indoors, marking the first time the town has ever prevented kids from trick-or-treating outdoors on Halloween– which falls during polar bear season.
“Picture 1,200 kids going door to door in Arviat in the middle of polar bear season,” Steve England, Arviat’s senior administration officer, told CBC News. “It’s a pretty obvious conclusion of what tragedies could come out of that. We’re just trying to safeguard the younger population by offering an alternative.”
As EU heads of state prepare to thrash out an agreement on the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate change goals at a summit opening in Brussels tomorrow (23 October), energy-intensive industries in Germany have reiterated warnings that a European “solo effort” would come with billions in losses. “If Europe chooses a solo effort through a one-sided climate protection target of 40% less emissions, it would mean billions in losses for us that our global competitors would not otherwise have gained. The damage done to competitiveness among energy-intensive companies in the EU would be considerable,” said Utz Tillmann, a spokesman for the Energy Intensive Industries of Germany (EID). --EurActiv, 22 October 2014
The EU’s plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 has come under heavy assault as an increasing number of eastern European nations rally behind Poland’s threat to scupper a landmark climate deal this week. “I do not think that we can go with this current deal. If there is no change then we will walk away,” said Tomáš Prouza, the Czech Republic’s state secretary for European affairs. “The numbers just do not add up.” One ambassador predicted the most difficult summit since the height of the eurozone crisis. “Both sides are in their trenches, shelling each other,” he said. --Henry Foy and Christian Oliver, Financial Times, 20 October 2014