by James Delingpole
Climate change has been the UN's sole driving
mantra to push its only solution: Sustainable
If Global Warming is indeed discredited in the
people's eyes, the global Technocrats will find
another reason to implement 'Sustainable
World Climate Alarmism is in Retreat
From Poland to France, from Canada to the U.S., the climate
alarmists are in retreat as the public begins to tire of,
ugly, inefficient renewable projects
junk science scare stories
Economics is beginning to
reassert itself over green propaganda.
UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland,
a pro-energy faction of oil-producing nations - led by the U.S. -
has caused huge upset to the greenies by
refusing to endorse the latest
scaremongering report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
A diplomatic standoff
over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown
during the second half of this year's U.N. climate summit.
Negotiators took time
out Sunday to rest after the first week of talks ended on a sour
note the previous night, when the United States sided with
Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in blocking endorsement of a
landmark study on global warming.
The US State
The United States was
willing to note the IPCC report and express appreciation to the
scientists who developed it, but not to welcome it, as that
would denote endorsement of the report.
As we have made clear
in the IPCC and other bodies, the United States has not endorsed
the findings of the report.
Politico there is a new
skepticism abroad towards green measures like 'carbon taxes':
This month's fuel-tax
riots in Paris and the defeat of a carbon-fee ballot measure in
Washington state show the difficulty of getting people to
support a levy on the energy sources that heat their homes and
power their cars.
Meanwhile, even the
most liberal Democratic candidates this year gave carbon taxes
scant if any mention in their climate platforms, focusing
instead on proposals like a phase-out of fossil fuels and
massive investments in wind and solar power.
Except that renewables
aren't working either...
Despite massive efforts
by governments, especially in Europe, to force a transition from
fossil fuels to "clean" energy, the money has been wasted and all
those birds and bats sliced and diced by eco-crucifixes have died in
damning report by John Constable
for the Global Warming Policy Foundation shows that, despite
years of propaganda and eye-watering subsidies to rent seekers,
renewables still represent an all but negligible percentage of
global energy production.
For almost as long as there has been a climate policy, emissions
reduction has been seen as dependent on the replacement of fossil
fuels with renewable energy sources.
Policies supporting this
outcome are ubiquitous in the developed and developing world;
markets have been coerced globally, with varying degrees of severity
it is true, but with extraordinary force in the OECD states, and
particularly in the European Union.
The net result of several
decades of such measures has been negligible...
Consider, for example the
global total primary energy mix since 1971, as recorded in the
International Energy Agency datasets, the most recent discussion
of which has just been published in the
World Energy Outlook (2018):
Global Total Primary Energy Supply: 1971–2015.
Source: Redrawn by the author from
International Energy Agency,
Key World Energy Statistics 2017 and 2018.
1. World includes international aviation and
international marine bunkers.
2. Peat and oil shale are aggregated with coal.
3. "Other" Includes geothermal, solar, wind,
tide/wave/ocean, heat and other.
It is perfectly true that
the proportional increase in modern renewables, the "Other" category
represented by the thin red line at the top of the above chart is a
significant multiple of the starting base, but even this increase is
disappointing given the subsidies involved, and in any case it is
almost completely swamped by the increase in overall energy
consumption, and that of fossil fuels in particular.
Renewables in total,
modern renewables plus biofuels and waste and hydro, amounted to
about 13% of Total Primary Energy in 1971, and in 2016 are almost
unchanged at somewhat under 14%.
Thirty years of
deployment, almost half of that time under increasingly strong
post-Kyoto policies, has seen the proportion of renewable energy in
the world's primary energy input creep up by about one percentage
Even more embarrassingly, despite the best efforts of the United
Nations, the IPCC, the mainstream media, the schools and
universities, and all the other global warming propaganda outlets,
global "carbon" emissions are continuing to rise:
It should therefore come as no surprise to anybody that emissions
not only continue to rise, but have recently started to increase at
the highest rate for several years, a point that is revealed in the
latest release of the
Global Carbon Budget, 2018, and can
be conveniently illustrated in the chart derived from this paper's
data and published in the
coverage of the Financial Times:
Global Emissions 1960 to 2018.
Source: Financial Times, 6 December 2018,
drawn from Global Carbon Budget Report 2018.
The plain reality is
that the global market coercions, and related policy pressures
favoring renewables are already intense and incessant, and have
been so with growing intensity for over fifteen years.
Many economies, large
and small, have tried very hard indeed, but the global energy
markets have barely moved.
Why? Because the
effort is wasted; the picked winners, the renewable
technologies, remain stubbornly uneconomic, with the consequence
that spontaneous, un-coerced and rapid adoption remains a dream.
This is what policy
failure looks like.