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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Europe cools on global warming...

A nice overview of the latest development in global warming...
Participants at last week's United Nations climate conference in Poznan, Poland, were taken aback by a world seemingly turned upside-down. The traditional villains and heroes of the international climate narrative, the wicked U.S. and the noble European Union, had unexpectedly swapped roles. For once, it was the EU that was criticized for backpedalling on its CO2 targets while Europe's climate nemesis, the U.S., found itself commended for electing an environmental champion as president.

The wrangle over the EU's controversial climate package at a separate summit in Brussels wrong-footed the world's green bureaucracy. The EU climate deal was diluted beyond recognition. Instead of standing by plans to cut CO2 emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, the actual reductions might be as trivial as 4% if all exemptions are factored in.

The Brussels summit symbolizes a turning point. The watered-down climate deal epitomizes the onset of a cooling period in Europe's hitherto overheated climate debate. It may lead eventually to the complete abandonment of the unilateral climate agenda that has shaped Europe's green philosophy for nearly 20 years.

The reasons for the changing political atmosphere in Europe are manifold. First, the global economic crisis has demoted green policies nearer to the bottom of the political agenda. Saving the economy and creating jobs take priority now.

Second, disillusionment with the failed Kyoto Protocol has turned utopian thinking into sobriety. After all, most of the Kyoto signatories failed to reduce their CO2 emissions during the last 10 years. There are also growing doubts about the long-term viability of the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. The price of carbon credits has collapsed as a result of the financial crisis. The drop in demand and the recession are likely to depress carbon prices for years to come. As a result, the effectiveness of the extremely volatile scheme is increasingly questioned.

Third, a number of countries have experienced a political backlash over their renewable energy schemes. Tens of billions of euros of taxpayers' money have been pumped into projects that depend on endless government handouts. Each of the 35,000 solar jobs in Germany, for instance, is subsidized to the tune of €130,000. According to estimates by the Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research, green subsidies will cost German electricity consumers nearly €27 billion in the next two years.

Perhaps even more important is the growing realization that the warming trend of the late 20th century has, for the last 10 years or so, essentially come to a temporary halt. The data collected by international meteorological offices confirm this. This most peculiar fact is rarely mentioned in policy debates, but it certainly provides decision makers with a vital respite to reconsider their climate policy options.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too late for Germany. That misguided nation has sacrificed thousands of jobs in the name of this green madness and they are never coming back. On this side of the Atlantic, California has picked up the torch and is in the process of destroying their economy for the sake of some non-existent global warming threat. The only good thing that will come out of the global financial fiasco is that it may curtail the Canadian government's plans to follow Europe and California down that same rabbit hole. This may give the public and the politicians time to realize that the whole scheme is a fraud on an even larger scale than that pulled off by the big banks.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Patsplace said...

I wonder what it is with the Commies. They always have to have some major "sky is falling" thing on the go.

Oops!! Shouldn't have called them Commies. Leftists or Progressives but never a stinking Commie!!

I'm so sorry.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Climate Chaos said...

It is politically incorrect to say anything negative about global warming. Maybe the correct thing is to blame Bush for the earth cooling over the last 8 years.

Seriously, look at the lack of sunspots. Look back over history at periods of extended lack of sunspots and much of the turmoil comes "to light".

5:30 PM  

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