NZ gives in to common climate senseRichard Treadgold | December 11, 2011
A fresh breath of air just blew through the climate. New Zealand (with its buddies Australia) refuse to do more for the climate if nobody else does.
Our climate negotiator, Tim Groser, said what we’ve been telling the Nats for years: “You will not carry public opinion if the debate is ‘you are the only idiots doing anything.’”
The Nats have finally given up the world-leading role they took on climate. Hurrah, hurrah, and break out the balloons!
Bloomberg News reports from Durban (7 Dec, 2011):
Australia, New Zealand Say No Kyoto Extension Without Larger Climate Deal
Australia and New Zealand, which sponsor the most developed carbon markets outside Europe, say they won’t agree to remain part of the Kyoto treaty unless other countries bolster efforts to curb emissions.
Australia will only sign up for further cuts under Kyoto through 2020 if all big emitting countries agree to legally binding actions, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said in an interview in Durban, South Africa. New Zealand says it won’t join unless it has stronger assurance that voluntary pledges will be met by large polluters such as China.
“It’s a relatively small proportion of global greenhouse gases,” Combet said. Any agreement reached for further emissions reductions must be “environmentally effective.”
That’s great, boys. Now, just read a little more of the science until you uncover all the uncertainties and the facts about warming and the performance of climate models, which is not flash, I have to say.
This will bring much breast-beating, wailing and gnashing of teeth from the frustrated world-savers, so get your earplugs ready. Over at Hot Topic, their Durban correspondent, Cindy, reports:
“I’m hearing that our Minister, Tim Groser, has played some very dirty tricks with the Kyoto Protocol text overnight. Will update as I get more information, but it’s not looking good.”
She gives no indication of what the “dirty tricks” might have been and certainly shows no evidence of them. It’s hard to imagine what tricks he might get away with in front of hundreds of delegates. It’s probably just a reaction to her disappointment at not saving the world.
With China, India and Brazil reluctant to give commitments to extending Kyoto, it’s now obvious that, as Combet says: “There’s not going to be a wider agreement reached in Durban.”
For which we can be thankful. Now our leaders might deal with some real problems instead of all this entirely imaginary climatic will o’ the wisp.
Now, perhaps, the funds required for proper humanitarian aid won’t be squandered by government sponsorship of ill-founded industry startups like carbon sequestration and storage schemes, tidal power devices (how much equipment survives for long in the sea?), wind generators (break failure: burn, baby, burn) and solar panels (dusters, anyone?).
I had to laugh at Gareth Renowden. At the end of Cindy’s lament about the failure of social goodness he comments:
What we do know is that every minute we wait, every minute these ministers argue, a relentless stream of CO2 is pouring into the atmosphere. It doesn’t care who has the lowest carbon footprint, who has a president to re-elect next year… it just keeps on loading. The Ulu from Tokelau has a 64 hour journey home ahead of him. Let’s hope his efforts haven’t been wasted.
Yes, the CO2 keeps going into the atmosphere, and out of it, and into it, and out of it… It’s called a cycle for a reason, Gareth. Please stop pretending that the atmospheric temperature is being forced up by this “powerful” greenhouse gas against strong natural influences, because it hasn’t happened for many years, nor is the ocean hiding any heat.
Let us hope that the Ulu’s considerable emissions have not been wasted, either.
Now, perhaps, if countries gather the courage to cut off the head of this hideous hydra, those unnecessary travel emissions might all come to an end and we can stop paying for their damned junkets.