Bummer: COP26 Agreement Already Faltering After 48 Hours

Well, really, it doesn’t matter all that much, since most 1st World countries will fail on following through on their pledges

Cop26 deal falters after 48 hours as US and Australia hint at no new targets next year

The Cop26 deal faltered within 48 hours as the US and Australia, two of the world’s largest emitters, suggested they would not set new climate targets next year.

A key clause in the Glasgow Climate Pact asks countries to set out updated plans to cut emissions between now and 2030 by the end of 2022 in an effort to push more ambitious action over the next decade – seen as crucial to stem the most dangerous effects of global warming.

A joint statement released by Australia’s foreign and emissions reduction ministers on Sunday read: “Australia’s 2030 target is fixed and we are committed to meeting and beating it, as we did with our Kyoto-era targets.”

Almost no nations met their Kyoto targets. Australia was one of 3 that did meet, at +8

During the Cop26 process, other countries also suggested they might not update their plans. Among them was New Zealand, whose climate minister, James Shaw, said during the talks that just because they had been asked to strengthen the plans, “it doesn’t mean you have to”, prompting criticism from environmental groups. (snip)

John Kerry, Washington’s climate envoy, said the existing US climate plans fulfilled the requirements in the Paris Agreement to limit temperature rises to below 2C and make efforts towards limiting them to 1.5C. (snip)

On Monday in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson also suggested Britain would not update its targets, saying: “The UK is already compliant with 1.5 as a result of pledges made by 2030 and 2035, so if we can deliver on those we believe we will be able to restrain our emissions.”

Oops. You know, though, that the 3rd World Nations do not care about those targets, they just want that sweet, sweet climate cash

During the conference, South Africa secured US, UK and EU funding to help it transition away from coal, and both Brazil and Australia have elections next year in which challengers may make more ambitious climate pledges as part of their pitch to voters, he said.

South Africa is pretty much a high end 3rd world nation at this point, perhaps a low end 2nd world. And they just want that money. And, when they get it, they’ll probably use it mostly on things other than transitioning away from coal.

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4 Responses to “Bummer: COP26 Agreement Already Faltering After 48 Hours”

  1. Dana says:

    Anyone who actually expected COP26 to make any kind of difference was not very aware of the ‘successes’ of the previous climate deals.

    Barack Hussein Obama committed the US to all sorts of stuff in the Paris deal, but made sure that the final agreement was not in any form which required ratification by the Senate as a treaty, because he knew it would fail. Other national leaders understand the same thing: these cockamamie deals require a lot of sacrifice by their people, require making their citizens poorer, and those things don’t go over well with the populace.

    Almost everyone supports agreements to reduce carbon pollution . . . when the sacrifices entailed are borne by other people. Americans are already combitching about the huge increases in the price of gasoline, but the warmunists had said, all along, that such was their goal, to ‘encourage’ people to use less fuel. Today’s higher prices might have nothing to do with the warmunists’ actions, but the effect is the same: to make people poorer.

    There are already calls for President [Ughhh!] Biden to release material from the strategic oil stockpile, to bring down the cost of gasoline; how does anyone think that the left can impose policies which make things more expensive, to reduce carbon emissions?

    • Professor Hale says:

      The Strategic Oil Reserve is inconsequential in the oil market and has no effect on price, no matter which way it is flowing. It’s only purpose is so Democratic party presidents can claim to be “doing something” when oil prices rise. The chokepoint is the pipes connecting the stockpile to the refineries. They are incapable of transferring oil fast enough to make any difference in daily spot prices. That’s why it didn’t make any difference the last couple of times it was used.

      It is intended to fuel the Navy in time of war.

      What does make a difference? CAPITALISM. Free people, investing their own money with the hope of gaining a return on that investment. This lead to Fracking. No government labs. Not the department of energy. Not the labor Department or the Commerce department. No presidential or congressional involvement. Not even drilling on public lands. Free enterprise. The government is incapable of innovation, invention, or even holding to a production schedule. That is why NASA and DoD contract out all their material needs to private businesses.

  2. Zombies are Cool says:

    It is very evident to politicians all around the world that if they hope to survive they cannot do the things they promised to do. People need to eat, have hope, and a future.

    The only future this meeting gives humanity is a life of putrid frustration and disharmony. A life lacking purpose and direction as the countries of the world strip every country of its ability to heat, cool, and transport the populace. By default ridding the world of fuels will rid the world of the ability to feed themselves which will result in worldwide rioting of unimaginable proportions.

    These meetings are a joke meant to give the dogs a bone. Only the bone is taken away before it can be offered.

    • Dana says:

      Mr Cool wrote:

      It is very evident to politicians all around the world that if they hope to survive they cannot do the things they promised to do.

      In The Winds of War, Herman Wouk pointed out, through his fictional character Armin von Roon, that even dictators — he was referencing Adolf Hitler — need some popular support. If they displease everybody, even a dictator will fall.

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